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Broken Wings – Theatre Royal, Haymarket

Book: Nadim Naaman Music and lyrics: Nadim Naaman and Dana Al Farden Director: Bronagh Lagan Reviewer: David Guest Important social issues mix with a heartbreaking love story in a new musical with a story to tell across decades, languages and cultures. Broken Wings is a tale of doomed passion set in turn of the century Beirut, based on the seminal ...

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The Importance of Being Earnest – Vaudeville Theatre, London

Writer: Oscar Wilde Director:Michael Fentimen Reviewer: Maryam Philpott At the end of Classic Spring’s year-long Oscar Wilde season, this final show has this phrase, taken from The Importance of Being Earnest, emblazoned across the safety curtain: 'If one tells the truth, one is sure, sooner or later, to be found out'. The fourth of Wilde’s plays to be staged by ...

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Othello – Shakespeare’s Globe, London

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Claire van Kampen Reviewer: Alex Ramon  The last ten years or so can't be said to have lacked for starry Othello productions on UK stages, whether it's Chiwetel Ejiofor facing off with Ewan MacGregor at the Donmar, Clarke Peters and Dominic West in a high-Wire production at Sheffield Crucible, or Adrian Lester and Rory Kinnear at the ...

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Linda Glick: Teach me Tonight – Live at Zedel, London

Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Most cabaret shows essential boil down to love - romantic love, self-love, love of musical theatre - and the format barely changes, a few songs, some anecdotes and a loose theme to string it all together. Off-Broadway star Linda Glick makes her Zedel debut with Teach Me Tonight a very traditional cabaret show, with plenty of sentimental love ...

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Goodnight, Mister Tom – Southwark Playhouse, London

Writer: Michelle Magorian Adaptor: David Wood Director: Jo Kirkland Reviewer: David Guest A powerful story touching on rebuilding lives, loneliness and friendship that knows no barriers, set against the harsh reality of the Second World War is being presented by a talented and enthusiastic cast of young people at Southwark Playhouse. Goodnight Mister Tom is being staged at the venue by ...

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Home, I’m Darling – National Theatre, London

Writer: Laura Wade Director: Tamara Harvey Reviewer: Maryam Philpott At a time when our national future has never been more uncertain, its unsurprising that we seek refuge in a more comforting vision of our past. So much of British identity is bound up with the romanticised history of the nation, its Kings and Queens, the Empire and military victories, but ...

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The Cloakroom Attendant – Tristan Bates Theatre, London

Writer: Dimitra Barla Director:Natalie Katsou Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Galleries are full of stories, some of them hanging on the walls, some of them stored in the vaults, but not everything that happens in the building is about the art. Behind the scenes, teams of people keep the doors open, from the directors to the curators, the café staff to the ...

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For Reasons That Remain Unclear – Kings Head Theatre, London

Writer: MartCrowley Director: Jessica Lazar Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty Despite some pretty prose, and some fine acting, the coincidence at the core of Mark Crowley’s exploration of guild, abuse and penance means the whole 90 minutes is a hard pill to swallow. Starting reasonably strong, the play meanders along with hints at its true direction until the sparks start flying in the final ...

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