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Sandel – Above The Stag Theatre, London

Writer: Glenn Chandler Director: Glenn Chandler Reviewer: Christopher Hong Slanted and oblique bookcases and classical spires effectively backdrop and set the scene for this love story between a 19 year old undergraduate, David Rogers and Anthony Sandel, a 14 year old choir boy in 1960’s Oxford. Anthony the seducer meets David and their relationship grows with walks in the country ...

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Positive – Waterloo East Theatre, London

Writer: Shaun Kitchener Director: James Callas Ball Reviewer: Deborah Klayman It is very rare to see a play about living with HIV that is equal parts funny, informative and entertaining, but Shaun Kitchener’s new play offers all that and more. The play takes place a year after Benji’s positive diagnosis, and looks at the way the illness, and its perception, ...

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This Flesh Is Mine – Testbed 1, London

Writer: Brian Woolland Director: Michael Walling Reviewer: Christopher Hong With four long tables and benches and a stage at the far end, the audience engages in a game of musical chairs as it files into the performance space. The prospect of being without a seat for a nearly two-hour performance is too daunting for some. After much shuffling, enters Agamenmnon ...

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The Blonde Bombshells of 1943 – Upstairs at the Gatehouse, London

Writer: Alan Plater Director: John Plews Reviewer: Maryam Philpott A schoolgirl, an army driver and a nun walk into an audition… no, this isn’t the start of an elaborate joke but the plot of The Blonde Bombshells of 1943 performed Upstairs at the Gatehouse in Highgate. Europe is at war and several members of an all-female band have been lured ...

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All My Sons – Open Air Theatre, London

Writer: Arthur Miller Director: Timothy Sheader Reviewer: James Bartholomeusz Arthur Miller stands in the laudable but challenging position of being a genuinely popular playwright who, regardless, never gave up on presenting his audiences with uncomfortable questions. Most famous, at least in Britain, for The Crucible (1953), in which he found a medium for satirising McCarthyism in the literal witch-hunts of ...

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Miss Saigon – Prince Edward Theatre, London

Music: Claude-Michel Schönberg Lyrics: Richard Maltby Jnr. &Alain Boublil Book: Alain Boublil &Claude-Michel Schönberg Director: Laurence Connor Reviewer: John Roberts Making a welcome return to London, 15 years after it finished its original record breaking run at Drury Lane, Miss Saigon has once again landed in the West End and has HIT written all over. Director Laurence Connor, the mastermind ...

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Godspell – Lyric Theatre, London

Composer: Stephen Schwartz Director: Kenneth Avery-Clark Reviewer: John Roberts Stephen Schwartz’s biblical retelling of the stories and life of Jesus’ times with his disciples is a strange beast. On one hand you have what Schwartz has become best known for, soaring musical melodies and powerful ballads but on the other Godspell quite possibly holds the title for the worst book ...

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Things We Do For Love – Richmond Theatre, London

Writer: Alan Ayckbourn Director: Laurence Boswell Reviewer: Stephen Bates The highlight of this comedy comes with what is probably the most ferocious man/woman fight scene conceived for the stage since Private Lives. High praise perhaps, but any comparison with Noel Coward must be the thing that Alan Ayckbourn dreads most. He built his reputation in the 1970s-90s with sharp observational ...

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