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Thriller Live: 4000th Performance Gala – Lyric Theatre, London

Director: Gary Lloyd Reviewer: Grace Patrick Gary Lloyd’sThriller Live is an exuberant celebration of the career and life of Michael Jackson: As we’re told several times during the show, nobody else either before or since has reached the heights of his stardom and international renown. One element of this that really hit home is the successful effort to move past ...

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The Woods – The Royal Court – London

Writer: Robert Alan Evans Director: Lucy Morrision Reviewer: Nina Reece A cabin in the woods is the setting for a play in which a mother cares for her only son. Or is it? As Robert Alan Evans’s ‘Woman’, Lesley Sharp gives yet another outstanding performance. The clarity she brings to a role that swerves from cabin-bound witch to guilt-racked Deep ...

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Wasted – Southwark Playhouse, London

Music: Christopher Ash Book and lyrics: Carl Miller Director: Adam Lenson Reviewer: Stephen Bates If the gentle sounds of Chopin would fit well with the novels of Jane Austen, what would suit the Brontés? Iron Maiden? The proposition is carried forward in this new musical, telling the story the Bronté siblings and setting it to a pulsating rock score which ...

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Boy Blue: Blak, Whyte, Gray – Barbican, London

Concept: Michael ‘Mikey J’ Asante Director: Kenrick ‘H2O’ Sandy and Michael ‘Mikey J’ Asante Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Hip-hop is having a moment. Increasingly fusion hip-hop is being seen more and more on renowned dance stages, and while Pierre Rigal’s new piece which premiered at Sadler’s Wells was disappointing, fans of the genre have a second chance to see the Olivier-nominated ...

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An Adventure – Bush Theatre, London

Writer: Vinay Patel Director: Madani Younis Reviewer: Joanna Trainor “So pick me Jyoti and I swear I will make us the greatest adventure you ever have.” Jyoti has to decide who’s joining her for the adventure of her life before she’s old enough to even decide what she wants to do with it. She is sassy as all hell though. Big ...

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Losing Venice – Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond

Writer: Jo Clifford Director: Paul Miller Reviewer: Stephen Bates Marrying the styles of restoration comedy and 1950s absurdism, Paul Miller’s revival of Jo Clifford’s Losing Venice is a curious venture that feels out of place and out of time. The play premiered at the 1985 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where, perhaps, it passed as frivolous fun, but, put under harsher scrutiny ...

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Opera Up Close: Maria Stuarda – Sutton House, London

Librettist and Director: Robin Norton-Hale after Bardari’ Orchestrator and Musical Director: Paul McKenzie Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty With a cast of just six singers and three musicians, Opera Up Close have stayed true to form and produced a muscular and engaging performance. Though it’s in concert style - music and singing with the sets, costumes and movement removed - it has ...

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Six: The Musical – Arts Theatre, London

Writers: Toby Marlow & Lucy Moss Directors: Lucy Moss & Jamie Armitage Reviewer: Tom Finch Every now and then a show comes along that is so well put together, so engaging and so hugely enjoyable that five stars doesn’t quite seem enough. If only there was the option to award six stars. Six - The Musical which burst into the Arts Theatre ...

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