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Secret Cinema 21 – Secret Location, London

Reviewer: Christopher Hong The film is secret, the location is secret until a few days before the performance and all the information the audience is given is the dress code, an identity and a few business cards to print out. This is the 21st outing of secret cinema and although their mantra is “tell no one”, it is evident that ...

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She Would Walk the Sky – Roundhouse, London

Writer: Finegan Kruckemeyer Music: Sue Simpson, Trent Arkleysmith Director: Chelsea McGuffin Reviewer: Mary Halton Another stunning and highly stylised offering from the creators of last year’s Cantina; She Would Walk the Sky is fantasy and circus wrapped in a fairytale. Telling the story of the Red River House, in which an odd family of circus performers are “part of an ...

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Orpheus – Battersea Arts Centre, London

Created by the Little Bulb Theatre Company Director: Alexander Scott Reviewer: Paul Ackroyd Based on the classical legend, the story of Orpheus in the Underworld became the first classical full-length operetta by Jacques Offenbach in 1858. However, there is nothing classical about Little Bulb’s Re-Creation at the Battersea Arts Centre. Performed in the opulent setting of the Grand Hall, with ...

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‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore – Barbican, London

Writer: John Ford Director: Declan Donnellan Reviewer: Chris Combemale Cheek by Jowl returns to the Barbican with an inventive re-imagining of the classic Restoration tragedy ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore but, despite its refreshingly avant-garde approach, Declan Donnellan’s production left me feeling cold. First performed in 2012 but now with a new cast the international theatre company certainly did not ...

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A View from the Bridge – Young Vic, London

Writer: Arthur Miller Director: Ivo van Hove Reviewer: Nichola Daunton After so many years of revival and re-interpretation, making an Arthur Miller play seem fresh and revelatory is quite a feat, but that’s exactly what Ivo van Hove’s new production has achieved. Tense and nerve-jangling, he has shaped Miller’s play into an epic Italian tragedy with a sense of foreboding ...

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King Charles III – Almeida Theatre, London

Writer: Mike Bartlett Director: Rupert Goold Reviewer: Christopher Hong The Queen is dead. Prince Charles can finally fulfill his lifelong destiny and become king. His opinionated and maverick style of rule begins with an audience with not just the Prime Minister, but also the opposition leader. But more seriously, he chooses to exercise his refusal of the Royal Assent on ...

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The Notorious Mrs Ebbsmith – Jermyn Street Theatre, London

Writer: Arthur Wing Pinero Director: Abbey Wright Reviewer: Harry Stern You might be forgiven for thinking that sometimes Arthur Wing Pinero is too verbose for his own good. Or perhaps it isn’t his verbosity that does him down but the convolution of his plotting. Notwithstanding this complexity, liable to flummox the inattentive, his writing is a veritable fount of ideas ...

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Birdland – Royal Court, London

Writer: Simon Stephens Director: Carrie Cracknell Reviewer: Mary Halton What does having it all look like? Being able to order a perfectly ripe peach from room service in the middle of the night? Buying a helicopter? Or running up a colossal ‘flowers and miscellaneous’ bill (miscellaneous being items of the recreational euphoria variety)? Andrew Scott’s Paul is at the height ...

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