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Dylan Moran: Dr Cosmo –The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Matthew Forrest It would be fair to say that playing the shambles has served Dylan Moran well throughout his career. His seemingly sporadic approach to stand-up is a refreshingly fun journey into the darker parts of his soul; with little indication of where he may be taking us, and his new show Dr Cosmois no different! From the outset ...

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How to Hide a Lion – New Wimbledon Theatre, London

Writer: Helen Stephens Adaptor: Peter GlanvilleComposer: Barb Jungr Director: Peter Glanville Reviewer: David Guest A magical children’s book roars into life as a spellbinding stage show thanks to the considerable joint talents of a Pigtails Productions creative team. How to Hide a Lion is based on the illustrated Helen Stephens book, which is warm and wonderful in itself. In the ...

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Foxfinder – Ambassadors Theatre – London

Writer: Dawn King Director: Rachel O’Riordan Reviewer: Stephen Bates It is a bit like old times at the Ambassadors Theatre, the original home of The Mousetrap. Dawn King’s play, first seen at the tiny Finborough Theatre in 2011, is a creepy thriller set in an isolated part of rural England, where any knock on the door carries a threat. This ...

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Jefta van Dinther: Dark Field Analysis – Sadler’s Wells, London

Choreographer and Director: Jefta van Dinther Reviewer: Maryam Philpott While instances of unnecessary (usually female) nakedness seem to have lessened in the wake of #MeToo, the issue of onstage nudity remains a pertinent one. Ask the creatives and they will tell you its vital to the truth of the work, while the actors say they’ll do it if enhances the ...

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Fabric – Soho Theatre, London

Writer: Abi Zakarian Director: Hannah Hauer-King Reviewer: Scott Matthewman We place an awful lot of emphasis on clothing at various times in our life. What we wear to a first date; what the cut of a fine suit says about us; the burden of selecting the right wedding dress. And, all too often, the implication that what a woman is ...

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Heathers The Musical – Theatre Royal Haymarket, London

Book, music and lyrics: Kevin Murphy and Laurence O’Keefe Director: Andy Fickman Reviewer: Stephen Bates When Veronica, the 17-year-old heroine of Heathers The Musical, gets trapped in a cow field, confronted by two threatening thugs, we feel inclined to ask why she does not pick up her mobile ‘phone. But this is 1989 and we quickly realise that curses can ...

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Misty – Trafalgar Studios, London

Writer: Arinzé Kene Director: Omar Elerian Reviewer: Stephen Bates Arinzé Kene’s 2017 play good dog established the writer as an astute commentator on modern urban tensions, with his narrator positioned on a balcony above a busy street, observing the comings and goings beneath him. Here, the writer gets down and dirty, rummaging around working-class London as if to search for ...

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Natalia Osipova: Pure Dance – Sadler’s Wells, London

Choreography: Antony Tudor, Ivan Perez, Roy Assaf, Alexei Ratmansky, Kim Brandstrup, Yuka Oishi Artistic Director: Natalia Osipova Reviewer: Maryam Philpott The anthology has become a common feature of dance shows, and rather than one story told across the night, several related pieces are arranged together linked by a common thread. Usually, that connection is a choreographer whose works are genetically ...

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