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The Weatherman – Park Theatre, London

Writer: Eugene O’Hare Director: Alice Hamilton Reviewer: Stephen Bates In the first of his two plays receiving their world premieres at the Park Theatre this year, Eugene O’Hare turns to a retro style of black comedy in order to explore deeply disturbing modern themes. At first glance, The Weatherman appears to be an undisguised homage to Harold Pinter’s 1960 play, ...

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Warheads – Park Theatre, London

Writers: Taz Skylar and Ross Berkeley Simpson Director: Toby Clarke Reviewer: David Guest The mental and physical anguish endured by young soldiers returning from active duty during war is the focus of Taz Skylar’s hard-hitting and emotionally draining drama Warheads, currently playing at the Park Theatre after brief outings in Tottenham and Peckham last year. It’s the sort of shocking ...

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The Actor’s Nightmare – Park Theatre, London

Writer: Christopher Durang Director: Lydia Parker Reviewer: Maryam Philpott A life in the theatre is full of incident; the volume of actor memoirs, plays and films dedicated to the endless backstage drama can be salaciously entertaining, but it can also be frustratingly self-indulgent. Christopher Durang’s anthology of short plays and sketches, The Actor’s Nightmare is sadly the latter, reflecting the worst excesses ...

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Summer Rolls – Park Theatre, London

Writer: Tuyen Do Director: Kristine Landon-Smith Reviewer: Maryam Philpott While the social and cultural legacy of the Second World War has fundamentally shaped our nation, we too easily forget the more remote twentieth-century conflicts that have had a lasting impact on modern Britain. Tuyen Do is making history at the Park Theatre with the first British-Vietnamese play examining two generations ...

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Beneath The Blue Rinse –  Park Theatre, London

Writer: Tom Glover Director:  Glen Walford Reviewer:  Richard Maguire The best joke in this comedy about older people comes early. Mrs Parkin, in her seventies, is being hoodwinked by a salesman, but we soon realise she is no fool. ‘I’m a member of OPAL,’ she declares, ‘the Older Person’s Armed League: the military branch of Age UK!’ If only such ...

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The Last Temptation of Boris Johnson – Park Theatre, London

Writer: Jonathan Maitland Director: Lotte Wakeham Reviewer: Stephen Bates Popping into a nearby bookmaker’s shop on the way to the opening night of Jonathan Maitland’s new play, a quick check of the odds reveals that Boris Johnson is the current favourite to fill the impending vacancy for the job of the United Kingdom’s Prime Minister. This news adds urgency to ...

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Hell Yes I’m Tough Enough – Park Theatre, London

Writer: Ben Alderton Director: Roland Reynolds Reviewer: Stephen Bates If anyone seeks to prove that British politics are broken, surely there is enough evidence in the present day, without having to delve into history to find more. However, writer Ben Alderton seems to think otherwise with his new play, a crude and obvious satire that is four years past its ...

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Intra Muros – Park Theatre, London

Writer: Alexis Michalik Director: Ché Walker Reviewer: Stephen Bates French playwright Alexis Michalik’s Intra Muros (rough translation: “within walls”) puts a prison in a theatre and a theatre in a prison. Working around the premise of an acting class for novices, the play could, at first, look more suited to a RADA lecture theatre than to a commercial stage, but, ...

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