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Knights of the Rose – Arts Theatre, London

Creator: Jennifer Marsden Director and choreographer: Racky Plews Reviewer: Stephen Bates Perhaps it is inevitable that Game of Thrones: The Musical, will hit our stages one day, but, in the meantime, we have to make do with this fusion of classic rock anthems and a tale of heroism, bloodletting and tepid romance, set in a medieval kingdom where knights brandish ...

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Flesh and Bone  –  Soho Theatre, London

Writer:  Elliot Warren Director:  Elliot Warren and Olivia Brady Reviewer:  Richard Maguire If Shakespeare had written EastEnders instead of plays about kings and princes then maybe Flesh and Bone would be this summer’s hit at The Globe. Giving his characters Shakespearian-sounding lines, with both metre and rhyme, Elliot Warren’s play turns the ordinary into the epic. It is sweary and coarse, shouty ...

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Jellyfish – Bush Theatre, London

Writer: Ben Weatherill Director: Tim Hoare Reviewer: Stephen Bates How do perceived misfits find their place in our society? Ben Weatherill’s gentle comedy looks bravely into sensitive issues by challenging preconceptions and prejudices, while serving up a fair number of good laughs in the process. Sarah Gordy gives a remarkably confident and mature performance as Kelly, a 27-year-old woman who ...

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At Home in Gaza and London – Battersea Arts Centre, London

Director: Julian Maynard Smith & Taghrid Choucair-Vizoso Reviewer: Lucy Lambert At Home in Gaza and London is the result of a collaboration between theatre group Station House Opera, led by director Julian Maynard Smith and director Taghrid Choucair-Vizoso. The production uses live-streamed video and projection to overlay footage of performers in both Gaza and London to create a composite image; two ...

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Nocturne – The Albany, Deptford

Directors: Krista Burane & Andy Field Reviewer: Lucy Lambert Sat on a small circle of chairs in Deptford Library, my group leader tells us that a nocturne is a song of the night. He then calmly and slowly makes eye contact with each group member, before delivering what is perhaps best described as a sonic collage; making the cries, clicks ...

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Fun Home   – Young Vic, London

Music:  Jeanine Tesori   Book and Lyrics:  Lisa Kron Director: Sam Gold Reviewer:  Richard Maguire Based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel, this intelligent musical comes to London laden with Tony awards from its run on Broadway. For a story with a father’s suicide at its heart, this is not your usual hedonistic musical, but a powerful exploration of the ...

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The Winter’s Tale – Globe Theatre, London

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Blanche McIntyre Reviewer: Stephen Bates It may seem ironic that the Globe should launch its new production of The Winter’s Tale on one of the hottest evenings of the year, but anachronisms are rife in this, Shakespeare’s split personality play. In temperatures that help the banks of the Thames to pass for Sicily, the tale unfolds. ...

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The Tempest – St Paul’s Covent Garden

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Daniel Winder Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty Working outside, without much of the mechanics and tools of a playhouse at their disposal, it’s entirely to their credit that Iris theatre have created a little bit of magic in the garden of St Paul’s. The Tempest is the yearly Shakespeare production for the company, filling the rose garden with ...

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