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Hot Brown Honey – Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

Writer: Lisa Fa’alafi and Kim Bowers Director: Lisa Fa’alafi Reviewer: Nina Reece Hot Brown Honey is unlike anything you’ve ever seen. It’s part variety show, part pantomime, has roots in burlesque, comedy and circus, is steeped in the politics of race, gender, and identity, and somehow still manages to be light of heart. Brainchild of Lisa Fa’alafi and Kim Bowers (aka ...

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Bluebird   –  The Space, London

Writer:  Simon Stephens Director:  Adam Hemming Reviewer:  Richard Maguire Simon Stephens has accrued quite a back catalogue since 1998 when Bluebird, his London debut, opened at The Royal Court.  This early play about a bereaved minicab driver picking up various fares in a scorching hot summer demonstrates why Stephens later earned the label of an in-yer-face playwright. Unfortunately, The Space’s revival, ...

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The Rape Of Lucretia – Arcola Theatre

Writer: Ronald Duncan Composer: Benjamin Britten Director: Julia Burbach Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty It was a freak of nature, of course. But packing an audience into the Arcola’s sometimes starkly intimate space to experience a tightly told story of such violence in a heatwave produced an interesting effect. Everything feels closer, more physically imminent. The story laid out by director Julia ...

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Exit the King – National Theatre, London

Writer: Eugène Ionesco, in a new version by Patrick Marber Director: Patrick Marber Reviewer: Scott Matthewman I suppose it is a reflection of our times that, when faced with a play about a country which has been diminishing on the world stage and is facing its own self-inflicted destruction, one’s mind wanders to Britain’s own current problems. But although director ...

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Spamilton: An American Parody – Menier Chocolate Factory, London

Writer and Director: Gerard Alessandrini Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Forget the truckload of Tony and Olivier awards, forget the fact your show sells out for a year in advance, and even forget all those magazine cover appearances, you really know you’ve made it when someone writes a spoof. Gerard Alessandrini best known for the Forbidden Broadway series has created Spamilton: An American ...

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WEIRD – Theatre 503, London

Writer: Lucy Burke Director: Peter Taylor Reviewer: David Guest Writers have never been shy about tackling mental illness on stage: King Lear, Hamlet, A Doll’s House, A Long Day’s Journey Into Night and more recently the musical Dear Evan Hansen have all dared to deal with an “invisible” illness too often used as a cheap way of getting laughs. Every ...

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In the Night Time (Before the Sun Rises)  – Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond

Writer:  Nina Segal Director:  Evangeline Cullingworth Reviewer:  Richard Maguire The first few minutes of this show are spent in total darkness as we hear the cries of a newborn baby, only broken by rapid breathing as the baby gathers its strength to continue its deafening onslaught. Is the baby in pain, or is it punishing its parents for bringing it ...

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East Wall: Storm the Tower  –  Tower of London, London

Director:  Hofesh Shechter Choreographers: Hofesh Shechter, Becky Namgauds, Duwane Taylor, James Finnemore, and Joseph Toonga Reviewer:  Richard Maguire Marching bands and dancing clowns come to the Tower of London in the last event of this year’s successful Lift Festival. Directed by Hofesh Shechter, the most exciting choreographer of recent years, East Wall is a dance extravaganza at one of the world’s ...

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