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Othello: Remixed – Omnibus Theatre, London

Writer and Director: Darren Raymond Reviewer: Richard Maguire Othello: Remixed is a clever update of Shakespeare’s tragedy. Instead of Cyprus the action takes place in a South London boxing club, where Othello is preparing for his bout with his next opponent, The Turk. Mixing Elizabethan lyricism and London street slang, this reimagining of Othello, with an all black cast, is ...

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Bare: A Pop Opera – The Vaults, London

Music: Damon Intrabartolo Lyrics: Jon Hartmere Director: Julie Atherton Reviewer: Richard Maguire Bare: A Pop Opera certainly lives up to its name, and wears its emotions firmly on its sleeve for all to see. There’s fun and feeling to be found in this American high-school musical but ultimately Bare suffers from some awkward staging and a few weak voices. The ...

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Arundel and Ladbroke Gardens, London

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Tatty Hennessy Reviewer: David Guest There’s mischief in the woods – well, in London squares at least – thanks to a magical al fresco production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream playing around some of London’s private garden squares over the summer. Shakespeare in the Squares is a company that stages outdoor productions of Shakespeare (As You Like ...

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Hamlet – St Paul’s Churchyard, London

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Daniel Winder Reviewer: Maryam Philpott A promenade Hamlet is an interesting proposition for a tightly wound play that takes place almost entirely within the walls of a palace. Iris Theatre’s big summer production strives for contemporary relevance in Shakespeare’s most fascinating work, opening out the action into the beautiful floral garden of St Paul’s Churchyard in Covent ...

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Summer Rolls – Park Theatre, London

Writer: Tuyen Do Director: Kristine Landon-Smith Reviewer: Maryam Philpott While the social and cultural legacy of the Second World War has fundamentally shaped our nation, we too easily forget the more remote twentieth-century conflicts that have had a lasting impact on modern Britain. Tuyen Do is making history at the Park Theatre with the first British-Vietnamese play examining two generations ...

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A Tinder Trilogy – Theatre 503, London

Writer: Annie Jenkins Director: Lucy McCann Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Previously seen at the Camden Fringe in 2018, Annie Jenkins’ A Tinder Trilogy comprises three monologues from young women who are facing down various dating demons. The title is something of a misnomer: while the Tinder app is credited with the “swipe left”/“swipe right” method of dismissing or accepting connections based on ...

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Me & My Whale – The Vaults, London

Creators: Xavier Velastin and Hannah Mook Reviewer: Richard Maguire There’s no doubting that Me & My Whale looks perfectly at home down in The Vaults underneath Waterloo station. With the trains rumbling overhead and water dripping down from the dank cavernous ceiling, it does seem as if we have been submerged into the depths of the ocean. But these atmospherics ...

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The Knot – Old Red Lion Theatre, London

Writer and director: Dan Daniel Reviewer: Stephen Bates To tie the knot or untie it? Those are the questions facing the two men in Dan Daniel’s play. One fights the faceless bureaucracy of United Kingdom immigration officialdom to bring his future wife to the country, while the other wrestles with the complexities of our divorce laws. Their plights benefit no ...

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