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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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Desperately Seeking the Exit: The All Star Reading – Above the Arts, London

Writer/performer: Peter Michael Marino  Reviewer: Scott Matthewman There is nothing theatre fans love more than a huge flop. And they don’t come much bigger, or more loveable, than Desperately Seeking Susan, the musical that took the 1985 film starring Roseanna Arquette and Madonna and set it to the music of Blondie. Debuting in the West End’s Novello Theatre in November ...

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Lamplighters – Old Red Lion Theatre, London

Co-Creator: Neil Connolly Director and Co-Creator: Dean Rodgers Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Most people probably think they’d make a pretty good spy; maybe not quite a fist-fighting villain-chasing lothario like Bond, but possibly an undercover agent photocopying secret documents and meeting contacts on park benches. Rogue Productions are offering audiences the chance to live out those dreams in their show Lamplighters, ...

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Hot Brown Honey – Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

Writer: Lisa Fa’alafi and Kim Bowers Director: Lisa Fa’alafi Reviewer: Nina Reece Hot Brown Honey is unlike anything you’ve ever seen. It’s part variety show, part pantomime, has roots in burlesque, comedy and circus, is steeped in the politics of race, gender, and identity, and somehow still manages to be light of heart. Brainchild of Lisa Fa’alafi and Kim Bowers (aka ...

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Bluebird   –  The Space, London

Writer:  Simon Stephens Director:  Adam Hemming Reviewer:  Richard Maguire Simon Stephens has accrued quite a back catalogue since 1998 when Bluebird, his London debut, opened at The Royal Court.  This early play about a bereaved minicab driver picking up various fares in a scorching hot summer demonstrates why Stephens later earned the label of an in-yer-face playwright. Unfortunately, The Space’s revival, ...

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The Rape Of Lucretia – Arcola Theatre

Writer: Ronald Duncan Composer: Benjamin Britten Director: Julia Burbach Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty It was a freak of nature, of course. But packing an audience into the Arcola’s sometimes starkly intimate space to experience a tightly told story of such violence in a heatwave produced an interesting effect. Everything feels closer, more physically imminent. The story laid out by director Julia ...

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Exit the King – National Theatre, London

Writer: Eugène Ionesco, in a new version by Patrick Marber Director: Patrick Marber Reviewer: Scott Matthewman I suppose it is a reflection of our times that, when faced with a play about a country which has been diminishing on the world stage and is facing its own self-inflicted destruction, one’s mind wanders to Britain’s own current problems. But although director ...

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