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Cirque Du Soleil: Totem – Royal Albert Hall, London

Writer and Director: Robert Lepage Reviewer: Maryam Philpott The combination of circus and evolutionary science may not seem like an obvious pairing but in theory Cirque Du Soleil are on to something with their new show Totem. At The Royal Albert Hall, made even more regal by the presence of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, this premiere builds on ...

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Outlying Islands – King’s Head Theatre, London

Writer: David Greig Director: Jessica Lazar Reviewer: Stephen Bates The great appeal of David Greig’s Outlying Islands stems from its unpredictability. Audiences are left always uncertain as to whether they are watching a slapstick comedy, a brittle romance or a suspense thriller as the writer skirts around dramatic conventions with canny skill. The play received its London premiere at the ...

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The Daughter-in-Law – Arcola Theatre, London

Writer: D. H. Lawrence Director: Jack Gamble Reviewer: David Guest Gritty drama from the pen of one of the 20thCentury’s greatest writers is given a riveting reassessment at the Arcola Theatre in one of the best productions in the venue’s history. The Daughter-in-Law by DH Lawrence proved a sell-out success last year when it first appeared downstairs in Studio 2. ...

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Stop And Search – Arcola Theatre, London

Writer: Gabriel Gbadamosi Director: Mehmet Ergen Reviewer:  Grace Patrick The insular, slightly claustrophobic atmosphere of the Arcola Theatre’s Studio 2 is perfectly suited to Gabriel Gbadamosi’s Stop And Search. As the lives of the small cast of characters run rings around one another, unable to ever really escape their influence upon one another, the looming spectre of the past fills ...

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Waltz of the Hommelettes – The Barbican, London

Creator and Director: Patrick Sims Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Of all the cultural events a new year brings January in London is really dedicated to two important fringe celebrations; while the Vaults Festival under the arches of Waterloo begins its eight-week run shortly, with over 40 years of experience the London International Mime Festival is always the first big event of ...

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Original Death Rabbit – Jermyn Street Theatre, London

Writer: Rose Heiney  Director: Hannah Joss  Reviewer: Scott Matthewman At several points in Rose Heiney’s blackly funny Original Death Rabbit, the typical trying-to-be-sympathetic view of mental health issues is punctured. The concerned expression, eyes to the floor, acknowledging how seriously we need to take other people’s mental health, tied with the unspoken belief that such things only deserve to befall other ...

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Coming Clean – Trafalgar Studios, London

Writer: Kevin Elyot Director: Adam Spreadbury-Maher Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty Written 36 years ago and feeling as if it were written last summer by a sharp young observer of today’s relationship trends, Coming Clean proves that an insight is timeless. Spreadbury-Maher’s production comes to the West End stage from a successful run at the King’s Heat in Islington. Each venue allows ...

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