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Club Tropicana – New Wimbledon Theatre, London

Writer: Michael Gyngell Directors:  Samuel Holmes and Nick Winston Reviewer:  Richard Maguire According to the song by 1980s band Wham!, Club Tropicana has it all. Free drinks. Fun and sunshine enough for everyone. All that’s missing, George and Andrew sing, is the sea. But this ‘80s jukebox musical of the same name is missing more than the sea. It also lacks ...

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Tumulus – Soho Theatre, London

Writer: Christopher Adams  Director: Matt Steinberg  Reviewer: Scott Matthewman The chemsex party scene – combinations of drug-taking and sex, which can go on for days at a time – is a growing problem among some sections of London’s gay male subculture. As a result, a number of fringe plays have set themselves in and around such a scene. For the ...

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Vessel  – Sadler’s Wells, London

Choreographer:  Damien Jalet Reviewer:  Richard Maguire Choreographer Damien Jalet’s collaboration with Japanese sculptor Kohei Nawa begins so darkly you might wish that you’d brought along your night vision goggles. But out of this darkness come images alien and otherworldly that both frustrate and delight, and although there are seven dancers on stage it is impossible, in the gloom, to see ...

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Night of the Living Dead™ LIVE! – The Pleasance, London

Writer: Christopher Bond, Dale Boyer and Trevor Martin Director: Benji Sperring Reviewer: Mike WellsThe title alone is enough to excite any horror movie aficionado. The original Night of the Living Dead™vmight be over 60 years old now, but five sequels and two remakes later, it’s legacy as an icon of the genre is as strong as ever. It redefined the ...

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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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Toast  – The Other Palace, London

Writer: Henry Filloux-Bennett Director:  Jonnie Riordan Reviewer:  Richard Maguire While not quite based on a recipe book, Toast is, instead, an adaptation of celebrity chef Nigel Slater’s autobiography of 2004. Of course, food and cooking are major themes of this play that has travelled from Salford via the Edinburgh Fringe, but Toast is more a nostalgic reflection of a 60s/70s childhood. ...

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Pah-La – Royal Court Theatre, London

Writer: Abhishek Majumdar Director: Debbie Hannan Reviewer: Stephen Bates It is not often that a drama set in Tibet arrives in Sloane Square, which makes Indian-based writer Abhishek Majumdar’s new play an intriguing rarity. The Tibetan conflict, where Buddhist followers of the exiled Dalai Lama continue to oppose repressive Chinese rule, forms the backdrop to a play that begins in ...

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Wow Everything Is Amazing  –  Battersea Arts Centre, London

Writer and Director: Roisin Feeny Directors:  Gemma Rowan and Roisin Feeny Reviewer:  Richard Maguire Taking place in the not-too-distant future, Wow Everything Is Amazingsees the internet worshipped as a religion. To prove their faith, new worshippers are persuaded to hand over all their data, and to share all their ideas. This new show by the young company Sounds Like Chaos ...

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