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Nutcracker! The Musical – Pleasance Theatre, London

Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Book and lyrics: Nancy Holson Director: Ollie Fielding Reviewer: Stephen Bates   Tchaikovsky’s TheNutcracker is everywhere each Christmas - in opera houses, on ice and now as a musical on the fringe - but isn’t stripping it of its dance a little bit like performing Shakespeare’s Hamlet without words? When the centrepiece of the second act ...

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INTERVIEW: Julie McNamara and Paulette Randall

The centenary of the First World War has led to a resurgence of interest in stories from the era. Many, now long forgotten, voices of the War have begun to resurface. Many of those voices though are from the men who fought but the true story of Dorothy Lawrence, who disguised herself as a man and rode to the front ...

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Hotel Paradiso – Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Director: Michael Vogel Reviewer: Rachael Hickman Berlin-based company, Familie Flöz are true masters of the mask. With almost 20 years experience in redefining this theatre form, they create universally understandable pieces that tour the world. Perfectly describing their show Hotel Paradiso, which premiered in 2008, as Fawlty Towers meets Bates Motel, it’s also evocative of the quirky and farcical Grand ...

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Free Fall – Pleasance Theatre, Islington

Writer: Vinay Patel Director: Bethany Pitts Reviewer: Joanna Trainor   Andrea is stood at the top of Dartford Bridge working up the courage to throw herself off, while toll booth worker Roland is just looking for someone to talk to. Suicide is an issue that has to be dealt with near perfectly for a performance about it to work, and ...

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Women of Twilight – Pleasance Theatre, London

Writer: Sylvia Rayman Director: Jonathan Rigby Reviewer: Jon Wainwright Washing strung up on a line, three small beds crammed into a basement, black mould on damp walls, a rapacious landlady: this is not ideal accommodation for anyone, let alone a new mother and her baby. The mistake the nine female lodgers have made, according to the mores of 1950's England, ...

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The Final Revelation of Sherlock Holmes – Pleasance Theatre, London

Writer: Tim Norton Director: Danny Wainwright Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty Early on in this play, Watson makes a big deal about Holmes having solved a high profile and difficult case from within the four walls of his sitting room. A feat which is, we can all agree, more than impressive. But this was years ago in his younger days. We see ...

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Peter Pan Goes Wrong – Pleasance Theatre, London

Writers: Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields, after J.M Barrie Director: Adam Meggido Reviewer: George Attwell Gerhards [Rating:5] The results of a poll conducted by the English Touring Theatre company were revealed this week. As voted for by you, the public, the nation’s favourite play is apparently The History Boys by Alan Bennett. However, in second place was Noises ...

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Expectations – Pleasance Theatre, Islington

Writer: Emma Deakin Director: Stella Duffy Reviewer: Jon Cooper [rating:3] Expectations kicks off with waves of smoke covering the stage and front rows of the audience. It's a fitting introduction to a play which floats back and forth between dramatic scenes of real life pain and fantastical clips of an extravagant game show. The play may get a little confused, ...

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