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Dr Faustus – Above the Arts, London

Writer: Venetia Twigg (adapted from Christopher Marlowe) Director: Venetia Twigg Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Roll up! Roll up! The circus is in town. They’ve got neon puppets, comedy clowns, tightrope walking acrobats, and, for your entertainment, as a grand finale, the ringmaster will sell his soul to the devil. Theatrical Niche’s new production of Dr Faustus which opens Above the Arts ...

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Conviction – Above the Arts Theatre, London

Writer: Rebecca Morgan Director: Ria Samartzi Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Communist Czechoslovakia in 1950 is the setting for Rebecca Morgan's one-act play about two women on either side of the political divide, and how conviction in one's own beliefs can lead to drastically different conclusions. Gabriella Gadsby's Ludmila starts out as an innocent student with a taste for theatre, whose performance ...

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Savage – Above The Arts, London

Writer and Director: Claudio Macor Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Homosexuals were among many of the groups targeted for extermination by the Nazis during World War II, that much is known. Lesser known is the involvement of Danish doctor Carl Værnet who, under the watch of Heinrich Himmler, conducted a series of hormone experiments on gay prisoners in an attempt to find ...

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DioaChan The Rise of the Courtesan – Above The Arts, London

Adaptor andDirector:Ross Ericson Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Apart from Shakespeare in Cantonese performed at The Globe last year it is rare to see any Chinese productions or stories based on Chinese history performed in the West End. Ross Ericson seeks to change that with his first full-length play DiaoChan: The Rise of the Courtesan which is playing Above the Arts Theatre ...

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Nonsense and Sensibility – Above the Arts Theatre, London

The cast of Nonsense And Sensibility

  Writer: Tom Crawshaw Director: Bips Mawson Reviewer: Maryam Philpott   For those unfamiliar with Jane Austen, it’s not usual for one character to throw a blow-up pterodactyl at another in a fit of pique, yet in Tom Crawshaw’s new play Nonsense and Sensibility, showing Above the Arts in Covent Garden, this is exactly what happens. Film and TV-drama makers ...

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Ludlow Fair / Home Free – Above The Arts, London

Writer: Lanford Wilson Director: James Kemp Reviewer: Maryam Philpott   The pressure of modern living on our state of mind is perfect fodder for the stage, and the second part of this Lanford Wilson double bill Above the Arts is entirely concerned with the neuroses it creates. Again two quite different short plays are thematically linked by the idealised lives ...

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A Poster of the Cosmos / The Great Nebula in Orion – Above The Arts, London

Lois Deeny and Rachel Barry in The Great Nebula in Orion, Greenwich Village Above The Arts.

Writer: Lanford Wilson Director: James Kemp Reviewer: Maryam Philpott   Theatre in large cities is considerably more varied than you ever imagine. Far from the West End or traditional fringe, productions have long taken place almost anywhere that can hold an audience. On any given night in London, you can go to pubs, warehouses, gardens and infinite numbers of tiny ...

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Kingmaker – Above the Arts, London

Writers: Robert Khan and Tom Salinsky Director: Hannah Eidinow Reviewer: Maryam Philpott   How timely in the week of a General Election to remind us that politics is a dirty business. As a nation goes to the polls to decide whether it’s time for a change or better the devil you know, it’s easy to forget that the public vote ...

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