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Anna – National Theatre, London

Writer: Ella Hickson Director: Natalie Abrahami Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Hollywood versions of East Berlin at the height of the Cold War would suggest that it was a slum city, a crumbling ghetto ruled by jackboot. In Anna, a creation of writer Ella Hickson and sound designers Ben and Max Ringham, we see a very different version of the city. Set ...

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Beats on Pointe – Peacock Theatre, London

Creative Director: Jennifer Master Directors: Milo and Jennifer Masters Reviewer: Maryam Philpott The fusion of two very different styles can be transformational, seeing opposing ideas uniquely combined can be both dynamic and inspirational. Milo and Jennifer Master’s decision to unite ballet and hip hop in a single dance show is a genuinely interesting concept, one with potential appeal to fans ...

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Vincent River – Trafalgar Studios, London

Writer: Philip Ridley Director: Robert Chevara Reviewer: David Guest Hate crime, according to statistics, is on the increase around the world. In the UK there is such concern about the global issue that the #WeStandTogether campaign and National Hate Crime Awareness Week aim to raise awareness and encourage communities to come together. East Londoner Philip Ridley is known for his ...

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Coral Browne: This F***ing Lady – King’s Head Theatre, London

Writer and Director: Maureen Sherlock Reviewer: Maryam Philpott “Femmes fatales, floozies and tramps” the career of Australian actress Coral Browne is little remembered despite working (and sleeping) alongside some of the greatest actors of the twentieth century. Maureen Sherlock’s gossipy one-woman play Coral Browne: This F***ing Lady opening at the King’s Head Theatre hopes to remedy that by finally placing Coral ...

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Operation Mincemeat  – New Diorama, London

Writers and Composers: David Cumming, Felix Hagan, Natasha Hodgson and Zoe Roberts Reviewer:  Richard Maguire The West End may be awash with American musicals at the moment, but if Operation Mincemeat is anything to go by, the best place to see new British musicals is the fringe. This clever, whacky and quintessentially British show about a Second World War plan to ...

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The Greatest Love of All – London Palladium

Music: Whitney Houston Director: John Van Grinsven Reviewer: Nina Reece If you never had the pleasure of seeing Whitney Houston live, Belinda Davids in The Greatest Love of All is the closest you will ever get. Produced by Showtime Australia, the performance aims to ‘honour the music, talent and memory of Whitney Houston’ and it very nearly achieves these aims. ...

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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button – Southwark Playhouse, London

Book and Lyrics: Jethro Compton Music and Lyrics: Darren Clark Director: Jethro Compton Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty Cornish mysticism replaces jazz-age American dreaming in this beautiful, engaging, fizzing version of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s famous short story. Transposed and translated from the West Coast of the US to a small fishing village, the curious case now becomes a folk tale revolving around ...

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Summer Street – Waterloo East, London

Book, Music, Lyrics and Direction: Andrew Norris Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Neighbours, everybody needs good neighbours… closer each day, Home and Away; Helen Daniels doing Tai Chi on the front lawn, Harold Bishop lost at sea and the wedding of Scott and Charlene, the Australian soap opera looms large in the collective cultural memory of the late 1980s and early 1990s. ...

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