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Headhog – Baron’s Court Theatre, London

Writer: Tom Jensen Director: Simone Vause Reviewer: Maryam Philpott In Tom Jensen’s new play his leading character Molly has hedgehogs on the brain, quite literally. Well, a hedgehog, somehow living inside her head with no idea how it got there or how it can be removed. It is an absurdist notion which Jensen seems to be using to comment on ...

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INTERVIEW: Dance and The VAULT Festival 2019

As the VAULT Festival enters its fourth week, The Reviews Hub’s Richard Maguire talked to Kane Husbands about his new show GIRLS, the follow-up to last year’s phenomenal BOYS. A dance piece with words, GIRLS looks at the pressure on all women to conform to a certain stereotype. Kane Husbands created his physical theatre company, The PappyShow, in 2013, and ...

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The Price – Wyndham’s Theatre, London

Writer: Arthur Miller Director: Jonathan Church Reviewer: Stephen Bates Superficially, all of Arthur Miller’s great plays are deeply rooted in American culture and history, but their enduring appeal on this side of the Atlantic reflects the universality and timelessness of the writer’s human themes. Transferring from the Theatre Royal Bath, Jonathan Church’s production of the 1968 play The Price is ...

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The Winter’s Tale –National Theatre, London

Writer: William Shakespeare Adaptor:  Justin Audibert Director: Ruth Mary Johnson Reviewer: David Guest Young people know how to be hopeful and happy even when adults are acting childishly around them. That’s an oversimplification, but it’s certainly one of the themes explored in an enjoyable one hour version of The Winter’s Tale at the National Theatre. Kids aren’t bothered that it’s one ...

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A Beautiful Noise – Lyric Theatre, London

Created by: Fisher Stevens Reviewer: Maryam Philpott The music of the 60s and 70s seems to have a special significance for that generation, and while the famous bands may have gone their separate ways decades ago, tribute performers have become big business for regional venues that pack in crowds eager to celebrate their heroes. Fisher Stevens’ show dedicated to music ...

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Benidorm Live – Orchard Theatre, Dartford

Writer: Derren Litten Director: Ed Curtis Reviewer: Dan English There’s plenty of winter sun to be had as the stage adaptation of ITV’s hit comedy Benidorm checks-in at Dartford’s Orchard Theatre as part of its tour. Leaping from ITV onto a UK and Ireland tour, Benidorm Live remains penned by Derren Litten and boasts several cast members from the TV series ...

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Sadler’s Wells Sampled   – Sadler’s Wells, London

Reviewer:  Richard Maguire Sampled is a tasting menu of dance, showcasing what we can expect at Sadler’s Wells this year. Over two hours, the audience are treated to snatches of flamenco and ballet, contemporary and hip-hop. There’s something here for everyone, but, importantly, it also introduces new dance styles to those people who, otherwise, might be set in their ways. On ...

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The Good Person of Szechwan – Barbican, London

Writer: Bertolt Brecht Director: Yury Butusov Reviewer: Gus Mitchell The Moscow Pushkin Drama Theatre is certainly not short on ambition. In just one week at the Barbican they have been performing three of their most acclaimed productions: Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard, Brecht’s The Good Person of Szechwan, and Mother’s Field, a wordless adaptation of a Russian novella. Sadly, it was ...

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