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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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James Acaster: Lawnmower – Pleasance Courtyard Edinburgh

Reviewer:Lucy Danser [rating:4.0] There’s no one on the circuit quite like James Acaster. With a persona and material that borders on the bizarre but never crosses into incomprehensibly surreal he manages to be both different and accessible. Though he seemed surprised to see under 18’s at this performance of Lawnmower, the truth is that Acaster, thanks to the fact he ...

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Banksy: The Room in the Elephant – Pleasance Above, Edinburgh

Writer: Tom Wainwright Director:Emma Callander Reviewer:Lucy Danser [rating:4.0] Audiences are often split on the subject of solo plays. Relying on both a strong story and an engaging actor to tell it well they can so often be a major disappointment. When they are done right, however, it can be an unmissable event. This can be said of Tom Wainwright's play ...

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The London Cuckolds – Pleasance Theatre, London

Writer: Edward Ravenscroft Director: Danny Wainwright Reviewer: Harry Stern [rating:3] Twenty years after the end of Puritan era, the English stage, judging by this raucous romp, was still fixated by sex. To the exclusion of virtually everything else it seems. Other than overindulgence in alcohol consumption. Hedonism was certainly the order of the day. By transmuting the action of this ...

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An Instinct for Kindness – Pleasance Theatre, London

Writer: Chris Larner Director: Hannah Eidinow Review: Harry Stern [rating:4.5] This piece of work is devastating. Devastatingly real and devastatingly sad. Its wit, its perception, its poetry, its gravitas and its triviality are the very stuff of humanity. All life and all death, as it were, is here. Yet at the same time it is uplifting. A simple tragedy of ...

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People Like Us/Happy Never After: Pleasance Theatre, London

Writer: Jake Brunger/Hannah Rodger Director: Kirsty Patrick Ward/Luke Sheppard Reviewer: Lauren Kilgannon [rating:4] Home is where the heart and the heartache is in this touching yet humorous double bill from James Quaife Productions. The low wooden beams of this intimate and cosy theatre lend themselves to the country house setting. Although at first, it feels like we're sat in the ...

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