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Count Magnus & Oh Whistle – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: M.R.James Reviewer: Iain Sykes [rating:3] Published between 1904 and 1925 and written as an annual entertainment for his friends on Christmas Eve, M.R.James’s ghost stories are often rightly regarded as being among the best that the genre has to offer. Robert Lloyd Parry brings his one man interpretation of James’s tales to a Lowry Studio, set simply as a ...

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The Horror! The Horror! – Wilton’s Music Hall, London

Book: Stewart Pringle & Tom Richards Music and lyrics: Jeffrey Mayhew Director: Tom Richards Reviewer: Elizabeth Vile [rating:3.5] Presented as part of the London Horror Festival The Horror! The Horror! is an immersive promenade piece that uses the beautiful building that is Wilton’s Music Hall in an original and intriguing way. Set in Victorian London at the opening of a ...

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Peter – LOST Theatre, London

Writer: Stacy Sobieski Director: David Hutchinson Reviewer: Ian Foster [rating:3] The tale of Peter Pan is one which has proved timeless, but the life of its writer JM Barrie has also proved to be of enduring interest. The Hollywood film Finding Neverland dramatised (and semi-fictionalised) the relationship between Barrie and the Llewelyn Davies family who provided the main inspiration for ...

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Quills – White Rabbit Cocktail Bar, London

Writer: Doug Wright Director: Andy McQuade Reviewer: Steve Barfield [rating:4] This new production of Quills, an Obie award-winning American play from 1995 that was later adapted into a successful film (2000), shows Second Skin theatre company on fine form: the production will not disappoint anyone who believes theatre should be vital, challenging and visceral. The theatre company’s new permanent home ...

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Some Like It Hip Hop – Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Director, Writer, Choreographer &Lyricist: Kate Prince Writer &Assistant Director: Felix Harrison Composer &Musical Director: DJ Walde &Josh Cohen Reviewer: Victoria Bawtree [rating:4]   ZooNation’s latest show is now touring, giving audiences outside London the opportunity to get on board an extraordinary rollercoaster production fusing dance and music with a story that nods its head at both ‘Some like it hot’ ...

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Other Hands – Riverside Studios, London

Writer: Laura Wade Director: James Bounds Reviewer: Ian Foster [rating:4] Though probably best known for her Royal Court hit Posh which transferred successfully into the West End this year, Laura Wade has been writing plays since 1996. But it is her 2006 play Other Hands which receives its first professional UK revival here at the Riverside Studios, fresh from a ...

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Twelfth Night – Reading Minster of Mary The Virgin Church, Reading

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Hal Chambers Reviewer: Tom Finch [rating:4] ; Reading is abuzz with theatre at the moment and Reading Between The Lines’ latest offering is sure to cement their place in the heart of the cultural scene. Set in the stunning surroundings of the Grade 1 listed Reading Minster of St Mary the Virgin Church this production of ...

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An Instinct for Kindness – The Mill Studio, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Writer: Chris Larner Director: Hannah Eidinow Reviewer: Georgina Newman [rating:5]   Actor and playwright Chris Larner is reliving the day of his good friend and former wife’s suicide on a nightly basis. Theatre is a vehicle for transportation, and he takes us back in time to that day in November 2010 when Larner, his former wife Allyson, who for decades ...

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