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RENT – Liverpool Empire

Writer: Jonathan Larson Director: Bruce Guthrie Reviewer: John Roberts In 1993, New York’s Musical Theatre Workshop put on a reading of a new musical by the relatively unknown composer Jonathan Larson, several workshop productions later the show was set to open with a full production on the 100th Anniversary of Puccini’s La Boheme - the very opera that Larson had ...

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Beware of Pity – Barbican Theatre, London

Adaptors: Simon McBurney, James Yeatman, Maja Zade and the Ensemble Director: Simon McBurney Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Pity is one of the most complicated emotions; on one hand, it speaks of compassion and thoughtfulness for others while, at the other extreme, it can be patronising or give the recipient false hope. Based on a novel by Stefan Zweig, theatre company Complicite ...

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Before I Leave – Sherman Theatre, Cardiff

Writer:Patrick Jones Director: Matthew Dunster Reviewer: Jacqui Onions National Theatre Wales and Wales Millennium Centre take on the difficult subject of dementia in their new play Before I Leave - and they do it with empathy, humour and love. This topic is huge and Patrick Jones' script tackles it from as many angles as possible without ever feeling like there ...

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ETO’s Iphigenie en Tauride – Exeter Norcott, Exeter

Hubert Smith

Composer: Christoph Willibald Gluck Librettist: Nicolas-François Guillard Conductor: Martin André Director: James Conway Reviewer:Kelyn Luther As part of their Spring 2016 season, English Touring Opera performs Christoph Willibald Gluck’s Iphigenie en Tauride, based on Euripedes’ Iphigenia in Tauris. The opera explores the aftermath of the events in Iphigenie en Aulis, which Gluck had written five years previously. The two operas ...

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Cymbeline – Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford upon Avon

Hiram Abeysekera and Bethan Cullinane as Posthumous and Innogen

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Melly Still Reviewer: James Garrington Cymbeline is one of the less well-known of Shakespeare’s playsand is performed far less often than some of the more popular pieces. In fact, the last time it was performed at the RSC was 10 years ago – and even then it wasn’t the RSC themselves that put it on. Judging ...

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Don Giovanni – Hall For Cornwall, Truro

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Director: Lloyd Wood Conductor: Michael Rosewell Reviewer: Jess Rowe   Full of seduction, deception and confusion, ETO’s production of Don Giovanni fills Truro’s theatre with Mozart’s heated symphonies. Following the story of the murderous Don Giovanni, George Von Bergan, and his submissive servant Leporello (Matthew Stiff), they cover the city inducing women ‘of every rank, every ...

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The End of Longing – Playhouse Theatre, London

Matthew Perry In End of Longing

Writer: Matthew Perry Director: Lindsay Posner Reviewer: Daniel Perks   Matthew Perry’s first written work for the stage plays out almost like a sitcom – no scene is longer than a few minutes and typically concluded with a comedy punchline that signals the scene change. Stephanie (Jennifer Mudge) and Stevie (Christina Cole), despite their obvious differences, are firm friends. One ...

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NEWS: Theatre’s Great and Good gather for 61st Evening Standard Awards

Dame Judi Dench, Stephen Sondheim and Sir Ian McKellen at the Evening Standard Awards

By Maryam Philpott 2015 has been another impressive year for the London stage and with a crop of ‘reviews of the year’ about to emerge, the EveningStandard once again pips everyone to the post by presenting its annual Theatre Awards months before anyone else. Theatrical luminaries gathered at the Old Vic on Sunday to celebrate the 61st Evening Standard Awards, ...

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