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Four by Tenn – Drayton Theatre, London

Writer: Tennessee Williams Directors: Brandon Force, Ray Rackham, Sarah Shelton Reviewer: Jon Wainwright Even when the author is as great a writer as Tennessee Williams, one-act plays and early drafts are more likely to be curiosities for devotees rather than works of intrinsic theatrical merit. This production by the London Theatre Workshop convincingly disproves that assumption: here are four short ...

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Changing Rooms – Drayton Theatre, London

Writer: Marc Camoletti Director: Anna Ostergren Reviewer: Stephen Bates [rating:3] No, the BBC is not reviving its property makeover show for a live tour, but all doubts as to what to expect here are removed as soon as the set for this production comes into sight. Three large doors at the back of the stage can mean only one thing ...

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Unrelated – Drayton Theatre, London

Writer: D. B. Horrigan Director: Tom Latter Reviewer: Jon Wainwright [rating:2.5] He'll be home by Christmas. Annie holds on to the hope that her husband's unsafe conviction will be overturned on appeal. She looks forward to his release, and to their return to normality. She doesn't seem to doubt Martin's innocence, at least not at first, and yet she's having ...

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Playing with Fire – Drayton Theatre, London

Writer: August Strindberg Director: Anna Ostergren Reviewer: Stephen Bates [rating:3] Early in this one-act play, a leading character asserts that marriage is much stronger without love and this sets the tone for a dissection of relationships that is always interesting, but rarely emotionally involving. Running at under an hour, it is one of Strindberg's lesser known works and Serendipity Productions ...

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Hamlet – Drayton Theatre, London

Writer: William Shakespeare Directors: B.E. Johnston and Richard Crawford Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty [rating:4] It isn't meant to be a comedy, of course, but it's still surprising how bleak this production manages to be. Each company will interpret the classic text in their own way; sometimes it is romantic, sometimes political. This one is unflinchingly focussed on the mental pain and ...

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Cymbeline – Drayton Theatre, London

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Antonio Ferrara Reviewer: Stephen Bates [rating:4.5] Neither tragic nor comic and only loosely a history play, this has become one of Shakespeare's least performed works and it is more than a little surprising to find it above a pub with a cast of only five. The Pistachio Choice company has already staged Pericles and now turns ...

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