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West End Eurovision  –  Adelphi Theatre, London

Director:  Gareth Hulance Reviewer:  Richard Maguire As hotly anticipated as this year’s Eurovision is The West End Eurovision where seven London musicals battle it out for the best performance of a song that has featured in Europe’s biggest music competition. Indeed, with all the competitors’ glitter and sequins The West End Eurovision is camper than the real thing, and has enough abs ...

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Pinter 4: Moonlight / Night School – Harold Pinter Theatre, London

Writer: Harold Pinter Directors: Lyndsey Turner and Ed Stambollouian Reviewer: Maryam Philpott After three successful collections, Jamie Lloyd hands over the directorial reigns for the fourth outing of Pinter at the Pinter with mixed results. Lyndsey Turner directs the 1993 70-minute piece Moonlight while Ed Stambollouian takes charge of the latest revival of 1979’s Night School, which together give Pinter ...

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Monogamy – Park Theatre, London

Writer: Torben Betts Director: Alastair Whatley Reviewer: Scott Matthewman There is a moment where dinner, as prepared by Caroline Mortimer (“Britain’s second favourite TV cook”) emerges from the oven, charred and smoking, overdone because the character’s attention was wandering all over the place. As goes the family roast, so goes Monogamy, which collapses under its writer’s inability to focus. Torben ...

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Monogamy – Theatre Royal, York

Writer: Torben Betts Director: Alastair Whatley Designer: James Perkins Reviewer: Ron Simpson Monogamy is far from a wasted evening in the theatre – there are too many good lines and dramatic situations for that, plus three fine performances – but it is a disappointment for those who anticipated more solid and consistently entertaining fare, given the strength of the casting ...

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Follies – National Theatre, London

Book: James Goldman Music and Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim Director: Dominic Cooke Reviewer: Scott Matthewman The very name is laden with double meaning. Primarily, of course, the title of Stephen Sondheim’s musical about a reunion of variety performers is a reference to the Ziegfeld Follies, whose dancers would glide down stately staircases in lavish costumes designed to show off a very ...

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Hand to God – Vaudeville Theatre, London

Harry Melling and puppet

  Writer: Robert Askins Director: Moritz Von Stuelpnagel Reviewer: Maryam Philpott   Demonic puppets are something the West End doesn’t see all that often, and as associated as they are with children’s TV, a number of productions in recent years including Avenue Q and War Horse have seen puppetry as a genuine theatre art – in other words, they’re all ...

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STAGE SHOT: Hand to God – Vaudeville Theatre, London

Onedead father, One messed up family, One girl who just wants to help, One school bully who always gets his own way, One man of the church offering comfort, And one Hand puppet who is completely out of control - He's shocking, dangerous and taking no prisoners. Hand to God stars Janie Dee, Neil Pearson, Harry Melling, Jemima Rooper and ...

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The Seagull – Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, London

Writer: Anton Chekhov Adapter: Torben Betts Director: Matthew Dunster Reviewer: Tom Finch From the moment an electrifying surge appears to blast the stage into action the characters in Torben Betts’ new adaptation of Chekhov’s great masterpiece are thrown into an intense and bitter drama. Relinquishing the traditional naturalism of the period this production, designed by John Bausor, is played upon ...

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