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Cool Rider – Duchess Theatre, London

Writer: Mark Jones &Guy Unsworth Director: Guy Unsworth Reviewer: Matthew Nichols Given the choice between watching the film Grease (1978) or its sequel, Grease 2 (1982), I would plump for the second one on any day of the week. It has a genuinely fantastic and varied score, a pouting Michelle Pfeiffer on her way to superstardom, and turns the tables ...

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Women of Twilight – Pleasance Theatre, London

Writer: Sylvia Rayman Director: Jonathan Rigby Reviewer: Jon Wainwright Washing strung up on a line, three small beds crammed into a basement, black mould on damp walls, a rapacious landlady: this is not ideal accommodation for anyone, let alone a new mother and her baby. The mistake the nine female lodgers have made, according to the mores of 1950's England, ...

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Eifman Ballet St Petersburg: Rodin – Coliseum, London

Reviewer: Harry Stern A flying four-day visit by Eifman Ballet provides an evening of superlative theatrical aesthetic detracted from by a number of incomprehensibly naff creative decisions that wrench the work down from its own pedestal. The problem comes when Eifman cannot distinguish the line between theatricality and melodrama. Nowhere is this more evident than in his treatment of the ...

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Belonging – Roundhouse, London

Director: Jenny Sealey and Vinicius Daumas Reviewer: Christopher Hong This is a collaboration between Graeae which specialises in placing deaf and disabled artists in centre stageand Circo Crescer e Vivier, a social programme based in Rio de Janeiro focusing on circus performances. Part of CircusFest 2014, this brings together ten performances from both countries with their respective sign language interpreters. ...

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Relative Values -Harold Pinter Theatre, London

Writer: Noël Coward Director: Trevor Nunn Reviewer: Scott Matthewman There seems to be a mini-revival of Noël Coward plays in the West End at the moment, after last year's Private Lives, the current run of Blithe Spirit and now this Theatre Royal Bath production of Coward's drawing-room comedy of social manners. Class and social equality - or the lack of ...

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Good People – Noel Coward Theatre, London

Writer: David Lindsay-Abaire Director: Jonathan Kent Reviewer: Stephen Bates Rooted in the tough neighbourhood of South Boston, Margaret is one of the “good people”. She struggles to make ends meet and looks after a disabled daughter, resorting to constant wisecracks to mask her pain. She is an habitual victim of life’s domino effects, in which minor incidents lead to major ...

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Oh My Sweet Land – Young Vic, London

Writer/Director: Amir Nizar Zuabi Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty A key feature of Wilfred Owen's war-time poetry is his awareness of the physicality, of the bodies of the men he writes about. These bodies and their visceral descriptions are shorthand for atrocity, for torture, for pain. The grinding nature of the war machine is introduced in seven normal words: “Bent double, like ...

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Pygmalion – Richmond Theatre, London

Writer: George Bernard Shaw Director: David Grindley Reviewer: Elizabeth Vile 100 years ago this month Pygmalion opened in London and had a huge impact on the theatre going audience of the time. 100 years on and the story, characters and issues raised are still as fresh and relevant as they ever were. George Bernard Shaw tells the story of the ...

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