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Pilgrims – The Orange Tree Theatre, London

Writer: Elinor Cook Director: Ellie Goodall Reviewer: Richard Maguire Pilgrims is playing as part of the Directors’ Festival where Masters students from St Mary’s University in Twickenham train for a year at the Orange Tree Theatre culminating in an eight-day showcase of four one-hour plays. Ellie Goodall gets to direct Pilgrims, a modern day tale of adventurers and the women ...

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Brainiac Live – Garrick Theatre, London

Writer/Director: Andy Joyce Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Brainiac: Science Abuse was a Sky 1 entertainment show that ran for six seasons, being cancelled in 2008. That means that every single episode of the series upon this West End show for children is older than its target audience. Not that seems to matter to the kids assembled a silly hour of explosions and ...

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The Chicago Blues Brothers: Motown Mission – The Savoy Theatre, London

Created by: Chris Hindle Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Motown music has been big business in the West End in the last few years with several big musicals charting the history of the famous record label, its star names and those famous soulful songs. The wonderful Memphis and a new production of Dreamgirls were a delight, while Motown: The Musical closed after an extended run, ...

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The Colours – Soho Theatre, London

Writer: Harriet Madeley Director: Max Barton Reviewer: Richard Maguire A verbatim play about palliative care and death may not be the usual summer offering in London’s West End but Crowded Room’s new show at Soho Theatre warms the air rather than chills it. Following the lives of four people with terminal illnesses, The Colours successfully navigates the line between sensitivity ...

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My Son Pinocchio Jr – Southwark Playhouse, London

Music and Lyrics: Steven Schwartz Book:David Stern Director:Séimí Campbell Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Poor Geppetto! One minute he’s a successful toymaker living a bachelor lifestyle then one ill-advised wish later and he’s a single father to a human-puppet boy with a wilful mind of his own. Stephen Schwarz and David Stern’s My Son Pinocchio Jr reimagines the famous fairy tale from the ...

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In Limbo – Tristan Bates Theatre, London

Writers: SevenArc Productions  Director: Georgie Staight  Reviewer: Scott Matthewman It's always something of a surprise to see Frank Capra’s It's a Wonderful Life hover near the top of any list of all-time great Christmas movies. While the closing scenes of James Stewart running through the streets of Bedford Falls towards his family is indeed a heartening one, for the most part ...

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Shackleton’s Carpenter – Jermyn Street Theatre, London

Writer: Gail Louw Director: Tony Milner Reviewer: David Guest Unsung heroes have the power to inspire, change our perspective and rewrite history. In a touring and powerful one-man show now receiving its West End premiere one unsung hero’s story is told to try and redress some of the balance for him – and perhaps countless others consigned to the footnotes ...

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Mr Gum and the Dancing Bear: The Musical! – National Theatre, London

Book and Lyrics: Andy Stanton Music:Jim Fortune Director:Amy Hodge Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Schools out for the summer and theatreland has given itself over to feel-good comedies and family-friendly shows designed to entertain young and old alike. The National Theatre’s big summer production for kids is a musical adaptation of Andy Stanton’s book Mr Gum and the Dancing Beargiven surreal but ...

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