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Land Without Dreams – Gate Theatre, London

Writer: Tue Biering Director (London): Lise Lauenblad Reviewer: Karl O’Doherty Pushing the audience to use its imagination, breaking down the barriers between those sitting comfortably and those standing at the front, and provoking strong cognitive reactions are all applaudable in a theatre. The ambition of Land Without Dreams is also applaudable – a wide-ranging swipe at the fears we have ...

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Acosta Danza: Evolution – Sadler’s Wells, London

Choreographers: Paul Reinoso Pontus Lidberg, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Christopher Bruce Reviewer: Maryam Philpott If you think of Cuban dance it tends to be salsa, rhumba maybe mambo, exotic Latin rhythms that fit the ballroom style, but Carlos Acosta has changed all that using his dance company Acosta Danza to showcase an exciting programme of contemporary pieces fused with ballet, Latin ...

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Blood Brothers – Orchard Theatre, Dartford

Writer: Willy Russell Director: Bill Kenwright and Bob Tomson Reviewer: Dan English It is an emotional tour de force at the Orchard Theatre as Blood Brothers reaches Dartford as part of its current UK tour. Caught up among the class struggles of 1960s Liverpool, Mrs Johnstone finds herself caught in an impossible situation, carrying twins with little money or security ...

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#WeAreArrested – Arcola Theatre, London

Writers: Pippa Hill and Sophie Ivatts, based on the book by Can Dündar Director: Sophie Ivatts Reviewer: Scott Matthewman In 2015, Turkish newspaper editor Can Dündar greenlit a shocking exposé for publication. The country’s national intelligence organisation was smuggling arms out of the country to arm rebel fighters in Syria, in shipments disguised as humanitarian aid. The revelations caused a ...

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Queens of Sheba – Battersea Arts Centre, London

Writer: Jessica L Hagan Reviewer: Richard Maguire There really is no mountain high enough for the four talented female performers in the hit show Queens of Sheba, which, after productions at The Camden People’s Theatre, VAULT Festival and the Omnibus Theatre, now comes to the BAC as part of a national tour. Thrilling, angry and funny, this show is what ...

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Scheherazade / Chopiniana – London Coliseum

Choreographers: Mikhail Fokine, Gulzhan Tutkibaeva and Toni Candeloro Reviewer: Maryam Philpott London is in the midst of a Kazakhstan “cultural assault,” one which has seen a mini-film festival, a dance performance by the Astana Ballet Company at the Royal Opera House and inclusion in the Lord Mayor’s Show earlier in November. Now, for one night only at the Coliseum, Abay ...

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La Clique – Leicester Square Speigeltent, London

Director: Craig Ilott Reviewer: Miriam Sallon Comprised of acts both erotic and implausible, La Clique showcases the best cabaret and circus from around the globe. Not satisfied with merely performing feats of seeming physical impossibility, the performers are also unspeakably sexy, fearless and frisky, uniting in a rallying cry for an outrageously good time. Our host for the evening, Bernie ...

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Stray Dogs – Park Theatre, London

Writer: Olivia Olsen Director: Robin Herford Reviewer: Richard Maguire Stray Dogs is a serious, old-fashioned play about art, morals and the politics of poetry. Auden famously said that ‘poetry makes nothing happen’, but this play about Stalin and poet Anna Akhmatova suggests that poetry has the potential to change the world, for better and for worse. Written by Olivia Olsen, ...

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