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King John – Swan Theatre, Stratford upon Avon

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Eleanor Rhode Reviewer: Katie Burchett Neon lights, foam hands and political sparring in a boxing ring; Eleanor Rhode brings Shakespeare’s unsung King John to the Swan Theatre in an explosion of visual splendour. It is a rare thing to go into a Shakespeare play with no preconceived ideas of how it’ll be done, but from the ...

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Cougar – Orange Tree Theatre, London

Writer: Rose Lewenstein Director: Chelsea Walker Reviewer: Scott Matthewman One of the many downsides to corporate travel is that every hotel room ends up looking much the same as any other. That plays into the literary and design aesthetic of the Orange Tree Theatre’s latest collaboration with English Touring Theatre, which continually flashes forward to a succession of identikit bedrooms. ...

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Plastic – Ustinov Studio, Theatre Royal Bath

Writer: Marius von Mayenburg Translator: Maja Zade Director: Matthew Dunster Reviewer: Claire Hayes   The ambition behind Marius von Mayenburg’s Plastic is dazzling: using the artifice of theatre, its shared space and storytelling communion, to question the boundaries between art and life. If you listen to the narrative of the play’s central character Serge Haulupa, conceptual artist and orchestrator of ...

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Birdland – Royal Court, London

Writer: Simon Stephens Director: Carrie Cracknell Reviewer: Mary Halton What does having it all look like? Being able to order a perfectly ripe peach from room service in the middle of the night? Buying a helicopter? Or running up a colossal ‘flowers and miscellaneous’ bill (miscellaneous being items of the recreational euphoria variety)? Andrew Scott’s Paul is at the height ...

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The Lyons – Menier Chocolate Factory, London

Writer: Nicky Silver Director: Mark Brokaw Reviewer: Ian Foster [rating:4] Families – who’d have ‘em? Not Ben Lyons that’s for sure, as in his upscale New York private hospital room where his terminal cancer has reached crisis point, the cacophony that arises when his wife and two children are around his bed is enough to make anyone reach for the ...

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Public Enemy – Young Vic, London

Writer: Henrik Ibsen, in a new version by David Harrower Director: Richard Jones Reviewer: Ian Foster [rating:4] The phrase ‘timely revival’ is one much abused by reviewers and theatre marketers alike but it is genuinely amazing how strongly the resonances of a piece of writing from 1882 chime in today’s world. Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People, retitled here as ...

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