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Two for the Seesaw – Trafalgar Studios 2, London

Writer: William Gibson Director: Gary Condes Reviewer: Scott Matthewman When you are in the company of two characters for the best part of two and a half hours, it helps if you want to be in their company. In this respect, Two for the Seesaw is hampered from the off, centering as it does around an insensitive, perpetually angry jerk and ...

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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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It Happened in Key West – Charing Cross Theatre, London

Book, Music & Lyrics: Jill Santoriello, Jason Huza, Jeremiah James Director: Marc Robin Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Expressing true love in fiction is usually fairly cliched – hearts, flowers, big declarations – but some of the more unusual protestations of eternal affection have involved graveyards. In Hamlet, both Laertes and Hamlet jump into the grave of Ophelia, clutching the dead girl ...

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The King and I – London Palladium

Music: Richard Rodgers Book and Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II Director: Bartlett Sher Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Very few of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic musicals come without problematic moments. One only has to think of Billy Bigelow’s wife beating ways, the admiration for Nellie Forbush’s daring to accept her lover’s two mixed-race children, or the cultural stereotyping that is embedded in the ...

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Imperium Part II : Dictator – Gielgud Theatre, London

 Writer: Robert Harris Adaptor: Mike Poulton Director: Gregory Doran Reviewer: Maryam Philpott “How do you conquer Rome with no weapon other than your voice?” Cicero wonders in Robert Harris’ novels about his life, the interplay between politics and war dominated the Roman state in the years surrounding the assassination of Julius Caesar. With a rapidly expanding Empire hard won by ...

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Imperium Part I : Conspirator – Gielgud Theatre, London

Writer: Robert Harris Adaptor: Mike Poulton Director: Gregory Doran Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Imperium – “the power of life and death as vested by the state in an individual.” Robert Harris’ trilogy of novels about the life of Cicero is nothing short of a masterpiece, encapsulating over 30 years of Roman politics into the historical thriller format. They are carefully researched, cinematic ...

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Kiss Me Kate – London Coliseum

Music and lyrics: Cole Porter Book: Bella and Samuel Spewack Director: Jo Davies Reviewer: Stephen Bates Is it possible that what can no longer be spoken can still be sung? The Taming of the Shrew, once one of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies, is now rarely seen in our theatres, seemingly swept away on a tide of political correctness. On the ...

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