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While The Sun Shines -Orange Tree Theatre, London

Writer: Terence Rattigan Director: Paul Miller Reviewer: Richard Maguire For every cutting-edge play like 2014’s dystopian Pomona, or this year’s smart and queer Out of Water, artistic director Paul Miller throws in a Shaw or a Rattigan to keep the more traditional audience of The Orange Tree Theatre happy. Miller’s productions of rarely performed works by these playwrights are always ...

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The Stephen Sondheim Society: Student Performer of the Year 2019 – Theatre Royal Haymarket, London

Writer: Maryam Philpott While the eyes of British theatre turn towards tonight’s Tony awards in New York where several transfers from the West End hold hopeful nominations, back in London The Stephen Sondheim Society celebrate the future of the industry. LAMDA’s Stuart Thompson won the prestigious Student Performer of the Year award while ‘Words/Amazing’ by Theo Jamieson snaffled the Stiles + ...

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Kill Climate Deniers – The Pleasance, London

Writer: David Finnigan Director: Nic Connaughton Reviewer: David Guest It’s a daring title for an audacious play. Kill Climate Deniersboldly tackles the issue of climate change and eco-politics, sending its audience out provoked, open-mouthed and delightfully entertained. With the play opening in the same week that one of the most outspoken climate deniers in the western world visited the UK ...

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The Sweet Science of Bruising – Wilton’s Music Hall, London

Writer: Joy Wilkinson Director: Kirsty Patrick Ward Reviewer: Karl O’Doherty The stories of four women dance around each other, clinching at times, bringing out an aggression and force that breathes life into feminist and historical themes. As the 9th Marquess of Queensbury was considering the rules he would later give his name to boxing was less a gentleman’s art, more ...

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The Importance of Being Earnest – Tabard Theatre, London

Writer: Oscar Wilde Director: David Phipps-Davis Reviewer: Karl O’Doherty One of Wilde’s most enjoyable plays, this is a longer version than the one usually seen – so more quips, asides, arch comments and playfulness then. David Phipps-Davis’ takes some action excised from the original by Wilde and adds some back in judiciously. The result is a play that has more ...

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WildCard: Stefan Jovanović – Constellations – Saddler’s Wells, London

Choreographer: Stefan Jovanovic Reviewer: Sophia Moss “Would you like to dance?” asks a short woman with curly black hair, white face paint and a loose-fitting white shirt. Constellations begins with dancing, singing and audience participation. A male performer, with a white painted face and matching dress, sings a melody made up entirely of “heeeey” cries, while the other performers circulate, asking ...

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Garry – White Bear Theatre, London

Writer: Sophie Treadwell Director: Graham Watts Reviewer: Stephen Bates Sophie Treadwell’s most famous play, Machinal, is widely held in high esteem and was revived in London only last year at the Almeida Theatre. Therefore, it is surprising that one of her later works would have to wait 65 years to receive its World Premiere here. Or is it? Garry is ...

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education education education – Trafalgar Studios, London

Creators: The Wardrobe Ensemble Directors: Jesse Jones and Helen Middleton Reviewer: Stephen Bates Before Afghanistan, Iraq, the banking crisis, austerity and Brexit, there existed hope for a brighter new Millennium for our country. Wardrobe Ensemble’s raucous show is set in a comprehensive school in May 1997, when the Spice Girls, Take That and Oasis filled the airwaves, the United Kingdom ...

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