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Chinglish – Park Theatre, London

Writer: David Henry Hwang Director: Andrew Keates Reviewer: Stephen Bates Another play about China, another word mash title. Lucy Kirkwood's 2013 hit, Chimerica, examined American perceptions of recent Chinese history and now David Henry Hwang's Chinglish, first seen in New York, jumps forward to the present day and dips into the mucky waters of East-West trade amid the new world ...

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The White Feather – Union Theatre, London

Book: Ross Clark and Andrew Keates Music and lyrics: Ross Clark Director: Andrew Keates Reviewer: Stephen Bates   It is a sign of the growing confidence of British musical theatre that writers feel able to cast off the shackles of the feel good factor and take on serious subjects. This show, here getting its première, is an account of some ...

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As Is – Trafalgar Studios 2, London

Writer: William M Hoffman Director: Andrew Keates Reviewer: Stephen Bates Snippets from radio broadcasts spanning 35 years precede the performance of Andrew Keates’ revival of William M Hoffman’s play, giving a perspective of how times have changed. An American voice reports solemnly that a “rare pneumonia” has struck the San Francisco gay community, followed immediately by Nigel Farage proclaiming that ...

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Dessa Rose – Trafalgar Studios, London

Book and Lyrics: Lynn Ahrens Music: Stephen Flaherty Director: Andrew Keates Reviewer: Paul Couch   In this game you get to see quite a lot of dross, especially in the West End, which these days seems to be a recycling facility for mass appeal juke-box musicals and star name vehicles – no artistic integrity required. Occasionally, however, you come across ...

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Rooms: a rock romance – Finborough Theatre, London

Music/Book/Lyrics: Paul Scott Goodman Book: Miriam Gordon Director: Andrew Keates Reviewer: Lucy Thackray [rating:3.5] Rooms is a rocky two-hander musical about a whirlwind romance between Glaswegians Monica (a fiery, fame-hungry singer) and Ian (a talented, reclusive guitarist) during the rise of punk and new wave in the Seventies. The classic 'opposites attract' storyline is strengthened by Ian's slight agoraphobia and ...

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A Winters Tale – Landor Theatre, London

Book by Nick Stimson Music &lyrics by Howard Goodall Developed &directed by Andrew Keates Reviewer : Jonathan Baz [rating:4] In his programme notes, Howard Goodall says that A Winters Tale is a play that he has long wanted to adapt and it shows. Goodall’s quintessentially English sound resonates throughout the production and the care that he has lavished on composing ...

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Passing By – Finborough Theatre, London

Writer: Martin Sherman Director: Andrew Keates Reviewer: Ian Foster [rating:3.5] Marking its first production in London in over 35 years, the Finborough has revived Martin Sherman’s 1972 play Passing By for a very limited run. Steven Webb’s Toby is a neurotic New Yorker, a complete klutz who’s making ends meet working in a wine shop as his artistic career stagnates. ...

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