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Neaptide – National Theatre, London

Writer: Sarah Daniels Director: Sarah Frankcom Reviewer: Tom Finch Celebrating theatre’s contribution to the LGBT+ experience, The National Theatre is presenting a season of rehearsed readings, talks and exhibitions. Fifty years on from the decriminalisation of homosexuality it's clear, standing in the brutalist foyer how much has changed for queer people in this country. Same-sex couples linger through the gift ...

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A Raisin In The Sun – Oxford Playhouse

Writer: Lorraine Hansberry Director:John Retallack Reviewer: Fergus Morgan With Bruce Norris’ acclaimed Clybourne Park arriving at the Oxford Playhouse next week, it seems only appropriate to treat dedicated theatre-goers to a staged reading of Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin In The Sun, the 1959 play upon which Clybourne Park is based, a few days before. Produced in association with Oxford’s Ruskin ...

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The Death of King Arthur – Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London

  Writer: Simon Armitage Director: Nick Bagnall Music: Paul Johnson Reviewer: Madelaine Bowman Being a fan of Simon Armitage for as long as I can remember, it was with great excitement and intrigue that I attended his theatrical recital of The Death of King Arthur, and I couldn’t have hoped for a more evocative and engaging retelling of this legendary ...

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Winter’s Tales: D.H. Lawrence – Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London

Writer: D. H. Lawrence Reviewer: Maryam Philpott   The season of excess is all but over; barring one last hurrah on New Year’s Eve it is almost time to welcome back our annual period of dieting and abstinence. That change of tone is also reflected in London’s theatre scene; on the way out are the exuberant Christmas pieces with their ...

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Winter’s Tales: Anton Chekhov – Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London

Writer: Anton Chekhov translated by Rosamund Bartlett and Constance Garnett Reviewer: Elizabeth Vile   Winter’s Tales is a short season of readings by some of Britain’s best actors reading a selection of short stories by some of the most renowned short story writers. Each performance is accompanied by a musician and takes place in the beautiful and intimate Sam Wanamaker ...

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Pulse Festival: Scratch Day – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

By Glen Pearce Theatre makers face a quandary when developing new work. While there is a comforting safety in the seclusion of the rehearsal room, without an audience that work will never reach its potential. However, at what stage do you share that work with an audience? While West End productions have the luxury of preview periods to test out ...

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Lover’s Vows – Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds

Writer: Elizabeth Inchbald Director: Colin Blumenau Reviewer: Flip Miller [rating:4.5]   Slap bang in the middle of the Theatre Royal’s very popular run of Mansfield Park the actors from the show perform a script in hand performance of Lovers’ Vows. This play is best known as the play within Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park. The play is a blend of romantic ...

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Pulse Fringe Festival: Emily’s Very Sad Play – New Wolsey Theatre,Ipswich

Writer and Performer: Sarah Pascoe Reviewer: Glen Pearce   ‘If there’s no truth, there’s no madness’ – an early line in Sarah Pascoe’s early work in progressing showing and truth and madness intertwine throughout. It’s a rapid fire stream of consciousness that blurs reality with fiction. Emily is clearly a disturbed young woman, she’s convinced she’s romantically entwined with Prince ...

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