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Othello – Shakespeare’s Globe, London

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Claire van Kampen Reviewer: Alex Ramon  The last ten years or so can't be said to have lacked for starry Othello productions on UK stages, whether it's Chiwetel Ejiofor facing off with Ewan MacGregor at the Donmar, Clarke Peters and Dominic West in a high-Wire production at Sheffield Crucible, or Adrian Lester and Rory Kinnear at the ...

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Linda Glick: Teach me Tonight – Live at Zedel, London

Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Most cabaret shows essential boil down to love - romantic love, self-love, love of musical theatre - and the format barely changes, a few songs, some anecdotes and a loose theme to string it all together. Off-Broadway star Linda Glick makes her Zedel debut with Teach Me Tonight a very traditional cabaret show, with plenty of sentimental love ...

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Goodnight, Mister Tom – Southwark Playhouse, London

Writer: Michelle Magorian Adaptor: David Wood Director: Jo Kirkland Reviewer: David Guest A powerful story touching on rebuilding lives, loneliness and friendship that knows no barriers, set against the harsh reality of the Second World War is being presented by a talented and enthusiastic cast of young people at Southwark Playhouse. Goodnight Mister Tom is being staged at the venue by ...

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Home, I’m Darling – National Theatre, London

Writer: Laura Wade Director: Tamara Harvey Reviewer: Maryam Philpott At a time when our national future has never been more uncertain, its unsurprising that we seek refuge in a more comforting vision of our past. So much of British identity is bound up with the romanticised history of the nation, its Kings and Queens, the Empire and military victories, but ...

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The Cloakroom Attendant – Tristan Bates Theatre, London

Writer: Dimitra Barla Director:Natalie Katsou Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Galleries are full of stories, some of them hanging on the walls, some of them stored in the vaults, but not everything that happens in the building is about the art. Behind the scenes, teams of people keep the doors open, from the directors to the curators, the café staff to the ...

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For Reasons That Remain Unclear – Kings Head Theatre, London

Writer: MartCrowley Director: Jessica Lazar Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty Despite some pretty prose, and some fine acting, the coincidence at the core of Mark Crowley’s exploration of guild, abuse and penance means the whole 90 minutes is a hard pill to swallow. Starting reasonably strong, the play meanders along with hints at its true direction until the sparks start flying in the final ...

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Desperately Seeking the Exit: The All Star Reading – Above the Arts, London

Writer/performer: Peter Michael Marino  Reviewer: Scott Matthewman There is nothing theatre fans love more than a huge flop. And they don’t come much bigger, or more loveable, than Desperately Seeking Susan, the musical that took the 1985 film starring Roseanna Arquette and Madonna and set it to the music of Blondie. Debuting in the West End’s Novello Theatre in November ...

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Lamplighters – Old Red Lion Theatre, London

Co-Creator: Neil Connolly Director and Co-Creator: Dean Rodgers Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Most people probably think they’d make a pretty good spy; maybe not quite a fist-fighting villain-chasing lothario like Bond, but possibly an undercover agent photocopying secret documents and meeting contacts on park benches. Rogue Productions are offering audiences the chance to live out those dreams in their show Lamplighters, ...

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