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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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The Croydon Avengers  – Ovalhouse, London

Writer:  Oladipo Agboluaje Director:  Suzanne Gorman Reviewer:  Richard Maguire In The Croydon Avengers, aimed at 8-14year olds – though the consistent toilet humour seems more targeted to younger audiences – three asylum seekers decide to become crime-fighters in an effort to be accepted by the British. It’s a well-intentioned play, but ultimately it is too confusing. With crime rising in ...

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Whist – Sadler’s Wells, London

Creators: Aoi Nakamura and Esteban Fourmi Reviewer: Lucy Lambert Dance company AOE have created an hour-long virtual reality experience inspired by the work of Sigmund Freud and artist Shuji Terayama, in which audience members move through a gallery space, watching a series of films that explore elements of Freudian psychology. In the ruins of a grand house, three performers (Robert ...

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Beirut – The Park Theatre, London

Writer:  Alan Bowne Director:  Robin Lefevre Reviewer:  Richard Maguire The poster for this play is deliberately provocative; in shadowy velvet tones suggesting, initially, it’s an advert for red wine, a woman’s tongue seems poised to lick a man’s buttock. But look closer, and on his skin is the tattooed letter P. It stands for Blood Positive in this dark and ...

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Ish…  – The Roundhouse, London

Writer and Director: Georgie Jones Reviewer: Maryam Philpott There are plenty of things you wish you’d known as a teenager, so if you went back in time armed with the knowledge you have now you could things differently or better. We may have been clueless then, but it doesn’t mean we really know what we’re doing now. Georgie Jones one-woman ...

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GUY   – Venue:  The Bunker, London

Book and Lyrics:  Leoe Mercer Music:  Stephen Hyde Director: Sam Ward Reviewer:  Richard Maguire Of all the shows playing at the Breaking Out season at the Bunker Theatre, GUY, a new musical, feels the most complete. In its current state, it may lack some sophistication when it comes to production values, but the acting is first class, the singing is ...

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Kiss Chase   – The Bunker, London

Writer and Director: Hannah Samuels Reviewer:  Richard Maguire It’s difficult to review Kiss Chase for two reasons. First, it would be unfair to reveal too much of its structure and spoil the surprise, and second, there’s very little theatre here. Playing as part of The Bunker Theatre’s Breaking Out season, a series of short plays by new and emerging theatre companies, ...

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