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Abigail’s Party – Orchard Theatre, Dartford

Writer: Mike Leigh Director: Sarah Esdaile Reviewer: Dan English Jodie Prenger leads a determined cast trying to revive an ageing script one tense joke at a time in during the painfully awkward festivity which makes up Abigail’s Party, reaching Dartford as part of its nationwide tour. Mike Leigh’s play focuses on the strained relationship between Laurence and Beverley, with the ...

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Little Miss Sunshine: A Road Musical – The Arcola Theatre, London

Book: James Lapine Music and Lyrics: William Finn Director: Mehmet Ergen Reviewer: Maryam Philpott William Finn’s adaptation of Little Miss Sunshine promises much, wacky scenarios, a loveable misfit family and the most musical of themes, self-belief. And while no one likes to be upstaged, the success of Finn’s production, receiving its European premiere at the Arcola Theatre, relies on the glittering ...

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Maggie May – Finborough Theatre, London

Music and lyrics: Lionel Bart Book: Alun Owen Director: Matthew Iliffe Reviewer: David Guest It’s a fair bet that anyone remotely familiar with Lionel Bart’s musical Maggie May knows it through Judy Garland’s 1964 EP of four of its songs or the 18thCentury ballad on which it’s based. Shirley Bassey recorded one of the songs and even The Beatles sang a ...

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Cry Havok – Park Theatre, London

Writer: Tom Coash Director: Pamela Schermann Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty Rather than a potential snappy run with deft touches and passion through an extremely interesting and complex story, we are given 80 minutes of stumbling, rambling plod. The subject of two men in love in an Egypt that’s turning ugly for political dissidents, homosexuals and anyone who the government and police ...

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Oliver with a Twist – Leicester Square Theatre, London

Writer/Director: Katy Baker Reviewer: Mike Wells Shit-faced Shakespeare have been running for the best part of a decade now, with their unique brand of theatre, entertaining audiences in multiple continents. In that time they’ve diversified a little. No longer happy being confined to the works of The Bard, they’ve applied their liberal artistic interpretations to a couple of other classics, ...

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Ali and Dahlia – The Pleasance, London

Writer: Tariq Jordan Director: Kerry Kyriacos Michael Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Romeo and Juliet stories are one of dramas must reliable tropes, two lovers cruelly divided by circumstance, putting them culturally and socially at odds in spite of their physical attraction. Tariq Jordan’s first play, Ali and Dahlia which premieres at the Pleasance Theatre, adds a modern political twist when an Israeli ...

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FEATURED: A Conversation with Stephen Sondheim

God walks onto the stage and instantly the audience erupts into deafening applause and the ovation continues. The sold-out Olivier Theatre is filled with his greatest fans and admirers, all of whom snapped up tickets within hours of the interview being announced only three days before. God subtly pushes at the air with his downward-facing palms and an excited hush ...

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Northern Ballet: Victoria – Sadler’s Wells, London

Music: Philip Feeney Choreographer and Director: Cathy Marston Reviewer: Maryam Philpott 2019 marks the bicentenary of Queen Victoria’s birth, a monarch who, along with both Elizabeths, secured her place in history by reining unchallenged for decades and presiding over a golden age of technical, societal and cultural innovation. Yet for modern storytellers, it is her personal grief that fascinates, living ...

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