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Romeo And Juliet – Lauderdale House, London

Writer: William Shakespeare Director Helen Crosse Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty Continuing their mission to bring a more accessible and contemporary point to Shakespeare, Shooting Stars have created a resonant Romeo and Juliet, stripping back faff and delivering a punchy, witty play. Presented against the portico at the rear of Highgate's Lauderdale house, we have some twisting vines, a picnic bench and ...

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The Probleming – Tristan Bates Theatre, London

Writer and Director: Steve Jordan Reviewer: Christopher Hong   Thisnew comedy horror, as part of the Camden Fringe 2014, sees Cynthia and Nicole getting bored after their fresher’s week and running out of things to do. In a quest for excitement, they decide to join a supernatural society run by the nerdy Dave. The three then set off on a ...

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Limbo – London Wonderground

Music: Sxip Shirey Director: Scott Maidment Reviewer: Jessica Gray Limbo is a heady experience that captivates its audience from the very beginning and catapults them in to a dark, dangerous and sexy new world of live performance. The show is currently in its second season at the Southbank’s Wonderground following a celebrated run last summer at the same venue. Director ...

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The Hackney Volpone – The Rose Lipman Building, London

Writer: Ben Jonson Director: Anna Jones Reviewer: Nichola Daunton Ben Jonson’s early 17th century comedy Volpone is given an east London twist in Nylon Projects’ new production The Hackney Volpone. Alternately titled The Fox, Jonson’s play centres around Volpone, a con artist who has been pretending to be on his deathbed for the past three years. With the help of ...

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A Bright Room Called Day – Southwark Playhouse, London

Writer: Tony Kushner Director Seb Harcombe Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty Until the 16th of August, this is going to be one of the more difficult plays to watch on the London theatre circuit. A two and a half hour long castigation of politically interested but physically lazy activism and armchair revolutionism is going to cause a lot of uncomfortable reflection on ...

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The Tulip Tree – Drayton Arms Theatre, London

Writer and Director: Oliver Michell Reviewer: Stephen Bates History has not been terribly kind to Enoch Powell. Half a century after he was prominent in British public life, if he is remembered at all, it is for his inflammatory “rivers of blood” speech, denouncing immigration. As the memory conjures up images of a dour, grey, humourless man, impassioned only by ...

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The Ragged Child – Rose Theatre, Kingston

Music: David Nield Director: Jeremy James Taylor Musical Supervisor: John Pearson Musical Director: Nicholas Chave Choreographer: Matthew Hawksworth Reviewer: Ann Bawtree   Founded in 1976, and here in combination with the charity Creative Youth, the National Youth Music Theatre’s contribution to this year’s International Youth Arts Festival is The Ragged Child. Think Oliver Twist Meets Orphan Annie and you have ...

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Shakespeare In Love – Noel Coward Theatre, London

Original Screenplay: Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard Stage Adaptation: Lee Hall Director: Declan Donnellan Reviewer: Stephen Bates Undeterred by recent flops, the trend for transferring successful films to the London stage goes on. However, in view of its subject, perhaps this one should be regarded as more of ahomecoming than a transfer. Lee Hall has adapted the 1998 film, a ...

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