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Yesterday’s Tomorrow – Drayton Arms Theatre, London

Writer: Gene David Kirk Director: Hamish MacDougall Reviewer: Stephen Bates Gene David Kirk never quite gets round to explaining the significance of the title of his new one act play. Does he mean “today”? If so, it is good to report that the obliqueness in the title is not replicated in the writing, which is vivid, descriptive and, at times, ...

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England Expects – Brockley Jack, London

Writer: Tom Glover Director: Gary Phillipot Reviewer: Nichola Daunton Vesta Tilley was a popular music hall star for almost her entire life, first treading the boards at the tender age of three. She took to wearing men’s clothes for her performances a few years later and continued to dress as a man throughout her long career, claiming she could express ...

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Richard III – Cockpit Theatre, London

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Rae Mcken Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty How modern can a modern interpretation of Shakespeare be if the players dress in period costume and speak the original lines? To be clear, this isn't to mean something along the lines of the atrocious film She's the Man which was based on Twelfth Night, or even the reasonably decent 10 ...

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De Profundis – Leicester Square Theatre, London

Music and Lyrics: Paul Dale Vickers Director: Stuart Saint Reviewer: Stephen Bates The lounge room of the Leicester Square Theatre has a performance area of little more than 9ft by 6ft, with the audience seated on three sides and a hard wooden bench on the fourth. This is a prison cell in which a single prisoner, Oscar Wilde, paces back ...

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Alice In Wonderland – The Selkirk, London

Writer: Richard Stratton Director: Ellie Pitkin Reviewer: Christopher Hong This compact staging above a pub features Alice stumbling into a shop, ending up going through a shapeshifting door that debates with itself and into wonderland. The usual suspects of major characters are all present in this stripped-down adaptation by Richard Stratton that retains the most entertaining and memorable episodes of ...

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Foreplay– King’s Head Theatre, London

Writer: Carl Djerassi Directors: Andy Jordan and Jake Murray Reviewer: Jon WainwrightOne clue that this was going to be a cerebral piece was Ana-Sofia Londoño's design: the unchanging set is a book-lined study, with a few sticks of brown furniture to evoke the academic taste of the late 1960s. There's little of the personal touch, and all the books are ...

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A Handful of Stars – Theatre503, London

Writer: Billy Roche Director: Paul Robinson Reviewer: Nichola Daunton A revival of Billy Roche’s 1988 play, A Handful of Stars at Theatre503 provides the launch pad for ex-Boyzone member Keith Duffy’s stage career. Roche, an Irish playwright who has set the majority of his plays in the town of Wexford where he was born and still lives to this day, ...

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Character – The Selkirk, London

Writer: Florence VincentDirector: Ellie Pitkin Reviewer: Christopher Hong Freya of Doncaster is visiting Michelle, a writer living in the Cotswold who embraces the life of a struggling artist sustaining herself mainly on alcohol and pizza. Freya herself is dating someone more mature and is having a few troubles with her relationship. The two old friends are approaching thirty and are ...

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