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King Charles III – Almeida Theatre, London

Writer: Mike Bartlett Director: Rupert Goold Reviewer: Christopher Hong The Queen is dead. Prince Charles can finally fulfill his lifelong destiny and become king. His opinionated and maverick style of rule begins with an audience with not just the Prime Minister, but also the opposition leader. But more seriously, he chooses to exercise his refusal of the Royal Assent on ...

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The Notorious Mrs Ebbsmith – Jermyn Street Theatre, London

Writer: Arthur Wing Pinero Director: Abbey Wright Reviewer: Harry Stern You might be forgiven for thinking that sometimes Arthur Wing Pinero is too verbose for his own good. Or perhaps it isn’t his verbosity that does him down but the convolution of his plotting. Notwithstanding this complexity, liable to flummox the inattentive, his writing is a veritable fount of ideas ...

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Birdland – Royal Court, London

Writer: Simon Stephens Director: Carrie Cracknell Reviewer: Mary Halton What does having it all look like? Being able to order a perfectly ripe peach from room service in the middle of the night? Buying a helicopter? Or running up a colossal ‘flowers and miscellaneous’ bill (miscellaneous being items of the recreational euphoria variety)? Andrew Scott’s Paul is at the height ...

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Ah, Wilderness – London Theatre Workshop, London

Writer: Eugene O’Neill Director: Brandon Force Reviewer: Andy Moseley For anyone who saw the recent revival of Long Day’s Journey Into Night, or knows about Eugene O’Neill’s life or plays, Ah, Wilderness is something of an oddity. A semi-biographical comedy from a writer more closely associated with plays that paint bleak, if not tragic, pictures of ruined lives. More curiously, ...

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Birangona: Women Of War – Lost Theatre, London

Writer: Samina Luthfa and Leesa Gazi Director: Filiz Ozcan Reviewer: Christopher Hong In the East Pakistan fight for independence in 1971, which lead to the establishment of Bangladesh, 200,000 women were raped and tortured. While the fighters were celebrated, these women had to live their lives ignored by society and with the stigma attached which affected even their offspring. The ...

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ShellShock – Waterloo East Theatre, London

Writer: Tim Thomas (music, book and lyrics) Director: Matthew Gould Reviewer: Scott Matthewman The issue of combat "shell shock" - in a modern context, diagnosed as "combat stress reaction" or post-traumatic stress disorder - seems to be an odd subject for a musical. That's a reaction that's only compounded by Waterloo East's new production, Shell Shock. Set in 1975, the ...

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School for Scandal – Baron’s Court Theatre, London

Writer: Richard Brinsley Sheridan Director: Zoe Thomas-Webb Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty Sheridan's satire on the upper class is a hardy perennial of a play. Sadly for society, but luckily for modern adapters, adultery, lechery, tearing strips of reputation off an absent friend and slyness are as familiar to an audience now as in 1777. Happily, Sheridan had the upper classes of ...

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Three Sisters – Southwark Playhouse, London

Writer: Anton Chekhov Adaptor: Anya Reiss Director: Russell Bolam Reviewer: Tom Finch Anya Reiss' new version of Anton Chekhov's story of existentialist crisis and middle class boredom brings the tale right up to date. The action is transposed from the Russian countryside to a house near the British Embassy in an unidentified Middle Eastern country. Most of the troops have ...

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