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Elixir of Love – Kings Head Theatre, London

Composer: Gaetano Donizetti Writers: Chris Harris and David Eaton Director: Hannah Noone Reviewer: Karl O’Doherty Updated in many ways, the new version from Chris Harris and David Eaton sets out to prove sincerity still triumphs, even in (fairly) contemporary times. It’s quirky, interesting, and, under direction from Hannah Noone, a lot of fun. Transported from Italian fields to Wales’ Barry ...

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Brexit – Kings Head Theatre, London

Writer: Robert Khan, Tom Salinsky Director: Tom Salinsky Reviewer: Karl O’Doherty Smartly written and perceptive at times, the jokes and political giggles come fast with Brexit but unlike its real-world counterpart, it’s not likely to make a lasting impact. Some three years after the UK voted to leave the EU the Tory party has just elected a new Prime Minister ...

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H.M.S. Pinafore – Kings Head Theatre, London

Writer: W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan Director: John Savournin Reviewer: Karl O’Doherty There’s a bounce and bit of mischief running through this colourful production that makes it impossible not to love. From Buttercup’s sweet sassiness to the jolly-sailor patter of the crew, it’s all just hugely entertaining – highlighting the ridiculousness of the situation even more than other productions that ...

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Hamilton (Lewis) – Kings Head Theatre, London

Book: Fiona English Music and Lyrics: David Eaton Director: Benji Sperring Reviewer: Karl O’Doherty “Do it, then ask for permission later.” It can come across aggressive, but really it just means having the confidence of your convictions. When you’re on a stage, it’s important to present to the audience an attitude of “this is our best work, we’re confident in ...

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For Reasons That Remain Unclear – Kings Head Theatre, London

Writer: MartCrowley Director: Jessica Lazar Reviewer: Karl O’Doherty Despite some pretty prose, and some fine acting, the coincidence at the core of Mark Crowley’s exploration of guild, abuse and penance means the whole 90 minutes is a hard pill to swallow. Starting reasonably strong, the play meanders along with hints at its true direction until the sparks start flying in the final ...

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Mermaids – King’s Head Theatre, London

Writer: Joanne Sherryden Director: Siobhan James-Elliott Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Being yourself seems like it should be really simple, but of course it isn’t. We are surrounded by pressures to look, sound, feel a certain way and even the most outwardly confident or stylish people are equally filled with self-doubt and fear on the inside. Joanna Sherryden’s new play Mermaids explores the ...

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Bridle – Kings Head Theatre, London

  Writer: Stephanie Martin Director: Chloe Doherty Reviewer: Saoirse Anton “I’m just a bit much.” The heroine of Bridle is a modern woman. She is a feminist, a 21st Century feminist. She drinks, smokes, swears, spurns shame, and embraces her sexuality. She shows and tells the audience all of this, at the same time as telling an invisible and reticent ...

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Living a Little – King’s Head Theatre, London

Two men squaring off with baseball bat and sword

Writer: Finlay Bain Director: Jordan Murphy Reviewer: Stephen Bates “What’s the point of surviving if you’re not going to live a little?” asks Finlay Bain’s irreverent hour-long post-apocalyptic comedy. This is the philosophy of Rob and Paul, survivors who are holed up in a chaotic flat as the world outside falls apart. Their strategy becomes to party like there is no tomorrow, ...

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