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Alkaline – Park Theatre, London

Writer: Stephanie Martin  Director: Sarah Meadows  Reviewer: Stephen Bates  There are some parties where it is preferable to be a fly on the wall rather than an invited guest. Such is the case in Stephanie Martin’s new one-act play, in which Sophie throws a drinks party in an attempt to rekindle her fading friendship with Sarah. However, there is an ...

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The Muppets Take the O2 – The O2 Arena, London

Reviewer: Mark Clegg Jim Henson’s furry creations have been around for over sixty years, but they really secured their place in pop culture history in the late 1970s with The Muppet Show, its perfect blend of anarchy, knowing humour and sweet sentimentalism meaning that it was an immediate hit with all ages. Thanks to eight movies, countless other projects and ...

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But It Still Goes On  – Finborough Theatre, London

Writer:  Robert Graves Director:  Fidelis Morgan Reviewer:  Richard Maguire This is an odd one: a ‘lost’ Robert Graves play which documents the aftershocks of war and, surprisingly, has two characters, one male and one female, struggling to come to terms with their homosexuality. Very funny and almost embarrassingly melodramatic, it’s difficult to label this play with a genre. Perhaps, as ...

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The Lehman Trilogy – National Theatre, London

Writer: Stefano Massini, adapted by Ben Power Director: Sam Mendes Reviewer: Scott Matthewman The fall of Lehman Brothers in 2008 was one of the seismic events of a financial collapse from which the world has yet to fully recover. But Stefano Massini’s play, first performed in Paris in 2013 and presented here in a new English language adaptation by Ben ...

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As You Like It – Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park, London

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Max Webster Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Rosalind in As You Like It is one of Shakespeare’s greatest female roles, a protagonist with wit and intelligence who commands much of the action. The play itself will either sweep you away with its dreamy romanticism, or, to paraphrase George Bernard Shaw, it’s crowd-pleasing sentimentality will get on your nerves. Max ...

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Metamorphoses 2 –  Waterloo East Theatre, London

Writer:  Emma Rogerson, Will Owen, Jonathan Brandt, Niall Urquhart, Christine Roberts Director:  Kasia Różycki Reviewer:  Richard Maguire Ovid’s Metamorphoses is an uncategorizable collection of stories and myths, based on Greek and Roman Gods, some familiar, some little known. All of the tales feature some kind of transformation, which come either as rewards or punishments. Ovid’s hotchpotch approach, however, does not quite ...

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Pigspurt’s Daughter – Hampstead Theatre, London

Writer/Director: Daisy Campbell Reviewer: Scott Matthewman In the world of British experimental theatre, no light shines brighter than that of Ken Campbell. The anarchic, imaginative, hilarious, challenging works that the writer and director presented were unlike any other. While he made a name for himself as a director of challenging works – a 22-hour production of The Warp required its lead actor ...

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Hive City Legacy – The Roundhouse, London

Writer: Busty Beatz, Lisa Fa’alafi, Yami Lofvenberg and A League of Extraordinary Femmes Director: Lisa Fa’alafi Reviewer: Maryam Philpott There could be no better time for Femmes of Colour to debut their latest show Hive City Legacy; with the anniversary of the arrival of the Windrush generation, celebrations to mark a century of women’s suffrage and this week’s visit by ...

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