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Elephant Man – Jack Studio Theatre, Brockley

Writer and director: Steve Green Reviewer: Joanna Trainor   Imprisoned by a cage of wire casing and a material that looks like chain mail, Daniel Chrisostomou’s Elephant Man is at times unbearable to watch. Portraying Joseph Merrick’s deformities like this mean the audience can constantly see the man trapped inside, and at times you are desperate to pull him out ...

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Two Roads – Vault Festival, London

Writer: Matt Parvin Director: Anna Fox Reviewer: Maryam Philpott   What kind of decision-maker are you? Do you carefully weigh up all the options before rationally selecting the most appropriate one; do you rely on a gut-instinct or some form of intuition to guide you in the right direction, or do you pick something entirely at random and just deal ...

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Joan of Arc – New Diorama, London

Writer: Friedrich Schiller Reviewer: Maryam Philpott   Joan of Arc – saint, warrior and saviour of France or demon, witch and murderer? Famous historical characters are constantly being reinterpreted by historians and dramatists as fashion alters our perspective on the past. Where once the lives of history’s ‘great men’ were written as determinist narratives of victory and success, there is ...

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Anything Goes – New Wimbledon Theatre, London

Music and Lyrics: Cole Porter Book: PG Wodehouse, Guy Bolton, Howard Lindsay New Book: Timothy Crouse, John Weidman Director: Daniel Evans Reviewer: Alex Ramon Following its highly acclaimed and hugely successful run as Sheffield Theatres’ 2014 Christmas show, Daniel Evans’s production of Anything Goes now tours, arriving at Wimbledon before heading on to (deep breath) Aylesbury, Stoke-on-Trent, Bromley, Bradford, Hull, ...

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Whistle Down the Wind – The Union Theatre, London

Book: Mary Hayley Bell Composer and Lyricist: Richard Taylor Adaptor: Russell Labey Director: Sasha Regan Reviewer: Scott Stait As Christmas nears, the children of a small Lancashire village in the late 1950s discover a man they believe to be Jesus Christ living in a barn, and endeavor to keep it a secret until the time is right. A show that ...

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Blind Date – Jermyn Street Theatre, London

Writer: Dave Simpson Director:Alice Bartlett Reviewer: Maryam Philpott The one, a soul mate, the person who ‘completes’ you, Mr or Miss Right, true love is something everyone’s looking for, apparently. It may not be that believable but it sells. Finding that one perfect person, and only one (don’t be greedy!) is something that magazines and films devote endless time too ...

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Spamalot – Richmond Theatre, London

Director: Christopher Luscombe Writer: Eric Idle and John du Prez Reviewer: Cavelle Leigh     Spamalothas much hype to live up to. For those my age, Monty Python means little more than then the ministry of silly walks and one of those cults you have to pretend to like to sound cool and/or intelligent and/or to impress your dad. However, ...

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Broke – Greenwich Theatre, London

Director: Jemma McDonnell Reviewer: Vicki Taylor   Leeds based theatre company The Paper Birds are known for their verbatim performances exploring social and political issues. Their latest offering, Broke, shines a much needed light on poverty and debt in the UK. This is heavy subject matter but they’ve have managed to create a performance which is surprisingly playful and yet ...

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