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Strange Fruit – Bush Theatre, London

Writer: Caryl Phillips Director: Nancy Medina Reviewer: Stephen Bates With news of immigration injustices still fresh in the mind and with the National Theatre’s current adaptation of Andrea Levy’s novel, Small Island, having thrown fresh light on them, there is a timely feel to Caryl Phillips’ intense drama. Set in the 1980s, the play examines how the Marshall family, a ...

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Napoli, Brooklyn – Park Theatre, London

Writer: Meghan Kennedy Director: Lisa Blair Reviewer: David Guest Imagine the search for escape and home in Chekhov mixed with the character drama and life-changing events of Ibsen and the social commentary of Arthur Miller and you begin to have some idea of what to expect from Meghan Kennedy’s extraordinary new play Napoli, Brooklyn. Original Theatre Company in association with Park ...

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Twelfth Night- The Globe, London

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Brendan O’Hea Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty Set alongside Pericles and The Comedy of Errors, Twelfth Night forms a third of The Globe’s touring production schedule this season - with all three mixing themes of displacement, refuge and loss. The show is vigorous, playful and fun with a few twists and quirks that charm, but likely is not ...

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Annie – Orchard Theatre, Dartford

Book: Thomas Meehan Director: Nikolai Foster Choregrapher: Nick Winston Reviewer: Dan English Craig Revel Horwood’s menacing and hilariously cruel depiction of the villainous Miss Hannigan steals the show as Annie reaches Dartford’s Orchard Theatre as part of its UK tour. The Strictly Come Dancing judge and accomplished choreographer, continuing his hugely successful foray into musical theatre, leads a hard-working cast as ...

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The Flies – Bunker Theatre, London

Writer: Jean-Paul Sartre Director: David Furlong Reviewer: David Guest A buzz of excitement has surrounded the 10thanniversary revival of Exchange Theatre’s innovative and revolutionary production of Sartre’s The Flies at the Bunker Theatre this summer. There is every reason for this eager anticipation: the production put Exchange Theatre firmly on the map and won awards as well as being a lifebelt ...

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The Comedy of Errors – The Globe, London

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Brendan O’Hea Reviewer: Richard Maguire Shakespeare’s early comedy may not be the most sophisticated of his plays, but The Globe’s Touring Ensemble manages to wring every last laugh out of this tale of identical twins and mistaken identity. This touring company only comes home to The Globe for a few days this summer, but on the ...

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Riot Act – Arcola Theatre, London

Writer: Alexis Gregory Director: Rikki Beadle-Blair Reviewer: Scott Matthewman This month sees the 50thanniversary of the Stonewall Riots when the gay clientele of the Stonewall Inn on New York’s Christopher Street fought back against yet another violent police raid. It was not the first such rebellion – the recent Netflix Tales of the City mini-series throws some light on the Compton’s ...

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Ino Moxo – Southbank Centre, London

Choreographer: Ana Zavala, Oscar Naters Reviewer: Margarita Shivarova Based on Cesar Calvo’s novel “Three Halves of Ino Moxo: Teachings of the Wizard of the Upper Amazon” the production delivered by Grupo Integro touches on universal themes through a deeply enrooted cultural experience. The audience is as much a witness as an indirect participant of rituals displaying a conscious transcendence and reestablishment of ...

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