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The Eyes of the Night – Cervantes Theatre, London

Writer: Paloma Pedrero Translator: Catherine Boyle Director: Simone Coxall Reviewer: Margarita Shivarova Performed in a studio theatre stage, the English translation of this play offers a memorable experience through both its story and the choices made by the production team. Soon after the audience meets Lucia(Lanna Joffrey) and Angel(Samuel Brewer), two strangers, inwardly alike in their frustration with life, norms ...

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Shida – The Vaults, London

Writer: Jeannette Bayardelle Director: Andy Sandberg Reviewer: Miriam Sallon Shida is a clever young girl with a bright future and a dream of being a writer. But her home life is less than conducive to a happy childhood. Whilst her mother and grandmother clearly love and care for her, she suffers sexual abuse from an ‘uncle’ in silence. Still she ...

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Fame – Peacock Theatre, London

Book: Jose Fernandez Lyrics: Jacques Levy Music: Steve Margoshes Director: Nick Winston Reviewer: Scott Matthewman These days we’ve become inured to successful movies being turned into stage plays and musicals, often keeping as close as possible to the source material in the hope of retaining the original’s audience. Fame is slightly different. When it debuted on Broadway in 1988, none of ...

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Astana Ballet Presents – Royal Opera House, London

Choreographers: Mukaram Avakhri, Tati Aigul, Ricardo Amarante Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Breaking things down into bite-sized chunks makes everything more digestible, and the arts is no exception. Before launching into War and Peace, you might start with a few short stories, likewise with ballet before tackling the classics, multi-performance programmes are a chance to sample different choreographic styles. For Kazakhstan’s Astana ...

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Preludes – Southwark Playhouse, London

Writer: Dave Malloy Director: Alex Sutton Reviewer: David Guest A breathtaking synthesis of musical styles and an offbeat story that resonates through the ages could be the most exciting and mind-blowing UK premiere to hit a London stage this year. Dave Malloy’s Preludes is outrageously anachronistic, compellingly creative and devastatingly frank as it dares to paint a picture of a cruel ...

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Amsterdam – Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond

Writer: Maya Arad Yasur Translator: Eran Edry Director: Matthew Xia Reviewer: Stephen Bates Amsterdam today remains a city of distinctive architecture and criss-crossing canals, but, in the past, it was also a city of Nazi occupation, collaborators, resistance fighters and Anne Frank. Maya Arad Yasur’s one-act 80-minute play, seen here in a translation by Eran Edry,  seeks to reconcile present ...

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Priscilla Queen of the Desert – Orchard Theatre, Dartford

Book: Stephan Elliott and Allan Scott Director: Ian Talbot Reviewer: Dan English Joe McFadden brings the Outback to Dartford in this production of the musical Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, which kick-started its UK tour in the Kent town. The production sees Tick, McFadden, head to the Outback with two fellow performers as he aims to bring his drag act ...

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PREVIEW: Tower Theatre Open Day and Autumn Season Launch

There are plenty of brand-new theatres opening all over London, purpose-built spaces for fringe and commercial productions that suggests the arts are thriving. Over in Stoke Newington the 85-years old Tower Theatre Company has moved to new lodgings, a permanent space which hosted an open house event on 7 September 2019 to welcome new audiences and announce its autumn season. ...

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