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Othello – Union Theatre, London

Writer: William Shakespeare Adaptor/Director: Phil Willmott Reviewer: David Guest The centenary of the infamous and shocking Amritsar Massacre in India is the springboard for the bold and imaginative reinterpretation of Shakespeare’s Othello at the Union Theatre. Written at the beginning of the 17thCentury, the play has often been given contemporary styling to focus on the issues of race , tolerance and ...

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An Enemy Of The People – Union Theatre, London

Writer: Henrik Ibsen/ Arthur Miller Director: Phil Willmott Reviewer: Grace Patrick First written by Henrik Ibsen, adapted by Arthur Miller and finally directed and slightly adapted by Phil Willmott, An Enemy Of The People at the Union Theatre had no short journey to reach its latest audience. With the US gripped by a dubious administration and facing numerous land and ...

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It’s Only Life  – Union Theatre, London

Music and Lyrics: John Bucchino Director:  Tania Azevedo Reviewer:  Richard Maguire Based on the songs of John Bucchino, It’s Only Life is currently playing at the Union Theatre. Not a musical, but a revue where the songs are performed without a narrative arc linking them together, It’s Only Life is a pleasant introduction to the work of Bucchino, albeit a very one-note ...

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Twang!! The Musical – Union Theatre, London

Music and Lyrics: Lionel Bart Book: Julian Woolford Director: Bryan Hodgson Reviewer: Maryam Philpott If you’ve been thinking what the world really needs is a Robin Hood musical, well you’re in luck because in 1965 Lionel Bart wrote one – that’s theLionel Bart, who gave the world the musical theatre force that is Oliver! The Union Theatre has found a copy ...

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Phill Jupitus: Juplicity – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Frank Sinatra used to open his gigs by gazing at the audience and wondering aloud what all those people were doing in his room. One half-wonders if Phill Jupitus is taking the line literally. As the audience enters The Lowry, 20 minutes before the curtain goes up, Jupitus is already on stage with his back to them listening to records. ...

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The Cherry Orchard – The Union Theatre, London

Writer: Anton Chekhov Adapted by and Director: Phil Willmott Reviewer: Maryam Philpott As international political relations with Russia crumble under the weight of fake news, accusations of democratic tampering and nerve-agent poisoning, and as our tentative spring is once again interrupted by Siberia-like snows, the Union Theatre’s revival of The Cherry Orchard is a reminder of some of Russia’s more ...

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Carmen 1808 – Union Theatre, London

Book and Lyrics: Phil Willmott Director: Phil Wilmott Music: Georges Bizet Arranger: Teddy Clements Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty The original opera is a relatively bleak production. Death, loneliness and danger stalk throughout the love story at its core. This vibrant reimagining manages to somehow increase the shadow of violence and yet come out as a vibrant, energetic and charismatic show. This ...

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Heartbreak House – Union Theatre, London

Writer: George Bernard Shaw Director: Phil Willmot Reviewer: Richard Maguire Towards the end of his life, and frustrated with the slowness of social reform, Bernard Shaw called for a dictatorship to be established in Britain. A dictator, Shaw reasoned, would get things done, and rekindle the desire for Socialism. Although Heartbreak House, currently playing at the Union Theatre, was written ...

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