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London Film Festival 2019 – Official Secrets

Writers: Gregory Bernstein, Sarah Bernstein and Gavin Hood Director: Gavin Hood Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Imagine the frustration for reporter Martin Bright of The Observer back in 2003 when his story from a leaked memo demonstrating that American and Britain were planning to coerce members of the UN Security Council to agree to war in Iraq, and a subeditor’s correction of ...

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Exit the King – National Theatre, London

Writer: Eugène Ionesco, in a new version by Patrick Marber Director: Patrick Marber Reviewer: Scott Matthewman I suppose it is a reflection of our times that, when faced with a play about a country which has been diminishing on the world stage and is facing its own self-inflicted destruction, one’s mind wanders to Britain’s own current problems. But although director ...

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Tiger Country – Hampstead Theatre, London

Writer / Director: Nina Raine Reviewer: Maryam Philpott   We are fascinated by medical dramas, which explain the popularity of pseudo-soap operas like Casualty and ER. Part of this is a desire to understand and compare the uniquely British NHS and its rôle in society to other countries, but also doctors, and especially surgeons, undertake an extraordinary job, almost God-like ...

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Titus Andronicus – Shakespeare’s Globe, London

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Lucy Bailey Reviewer: Harry Stern There's an awful lot of blood in Shakespeare's most viscerally Jacobean of plays and Lucy Bailey's production doesn't shy away from showing it in all its gory glory. Rather, it revels in the sanguinary to the extent that it has been likened to the work of the celebrated and gruesome cine-ghoul ...

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The Hothouse – Trafalgar Studios, London

Writer: Harold Pinter Director: Jamie Lloyd Reviewer: Alex Ramon [rating:2.5] Following hot on the heels of Ian Rickson’s production of Old Times, there’s more Harold Pinter in the West End. This time, it's Jamie Lloyd’s take on an early Pinter work, The Hothouse, which is the second production in Lloyd’s Trafalgar Studios season following his well-received James McAvoy-starring Macbeth. A ...

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The Dance of Death – Trafalgar Studios 2, London

Writer: August Strindberg, in a new version by Conor McPherson Director: Titas Halder Reviewer: Ian Foster [rating:3.5] The Donmar’s residency at the Trafalgar Studios 2 continues to showcase the work of new directors and now sees Titas Halder taking on the 1900 Strindberg play The Dance of Death, in a new version by Conor McPherson. Edgar and Alice are fast ...

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Hysteria – Oxford Playhouse

Writer and Director: Terry Johnson Reviewer: Mark Johnson [rating:3.5] Terry Johnson's revival of his own 1993 award winning production of Hysteria is a night at the theatre that is hard to sum up – it has a complex plot that may leave you bemused well before the end. The play is set in the Hampstead home of Sigmund Freud where ...

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Hysteria – Richmond Theatre, London

Writer + Director: Terry Johnson Reviewer: Ian Foster [rating:2] Terry Johnson’s 1993 play Hysteria garnered all sorts of awards for its original run at the Royal Court and this revival, from the Theatre Royal Bath, features Antony Sher in its leading rôle, so it is clearly a play that is held in some considerable regard. Set in the leafy Hampstead ...

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