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The Full Monty– New Wimbledon Theatre, London

Writer: Simon Beaufoy Director: Rupert Hill Reviewer: Scott Matthewman The collapse of Northern England’s industrial heritage caused something of an existential crisis in the workers left behind. Simon Beaufoy’s 1997 film The Full Monty captured that feeling as it was happening, with his tale of a group of ex-steel workers who, desperate for some cash, become the world’s most improbable male ...

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Welcome to the UK – The Bunker, London

Writer: Borderline Director: Sophie NL Besse Reviewer: Christie-Luke Jones Welcome to the UK is the sophomore effort of Borderline, a theatre ensemble comprising both refugee and European performers and creatives. Welcome to the UK follows on from the company’s eponymous 2016 debut, which satirised life within the Calais Jungle. This next instalment finds a group of refugees arriving on British soil, ...

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The Pit And The Pendulum, Omnibus Theatre, Clapham

Adaptor: Christopher York based on a short story by Edgar Allen Poe. Reviewer: Sophia Moss “I am a cross between Prince and Batman”, says a young woman who kneels with her back to us, a white hijab trailing over her shoulder and onto the ground. She faces a rectangular screen, which reminds one of an iPhone 7, and it shows ...

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I’m Not Running – National Theatre, London

Writer: David Hare Director: Neil Armfield Reviewer: Scott Matthewman The title of David Hare’s new play (the 17thto be presented at the National) is laden with multiple meanings. There’s the literal one, of course: the central character is Siân Brooke’s Pauline Gibson, who as a popular independent MP is rumoured to be joining the Labour Party and making a leadership ...

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This House – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Director: Jeremy Herrin / Jonathan Boyle Playwright: James Graham Reviewer: Helen Tope It is 1974, and the Labour Party have won the General Election. But a win without a majority means the race is on to nudge Labour over the line and into political safety. Enter the Whips – the handlers of Westminster. It is their job to see MP’s ...

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The Audit – The Lowry, Salford

Writers: Andrew Westerside, Rachel Baynton and Gillian Lees Director: Andrew Westerside Reviewer: Sam Lowe Gillian Lees stands behind a glass lecturn and acknowledges the entering audience. An image reminiscent of a politician about to make an important speech. However, what you can really sense is Proto-type Theatre's burning anger and passion, as they have a lot of things they want ...

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Jonny and the Baptists: Eat the Poor – The Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter

Jonny Donahoe and Paddy Gervase

Director: Will Young Writer: Jonny Donahoe & Paddy Gervers Reviewer: Bethan Highgate-Betts Jonny and the Baptists return to the road straight from their hugely popular Edinburgh Fringe run of Eat the Poor. The musical satire duo have brought a show to The Bike Shed Theatre every year for the past five years. Going from playing in the bar, to one ...

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The Red Shed – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Mark Thomas Director: Joe Douglas Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Mark Thomas’ fringe award-winning The Red Shed is currently touring around the UK, including a three-night stop at the West Yorkshire Playhouse.  The Red Shed is celebrating the Labour Club’s 50th Anniversary and Thomas takes the opportunity to recreate the club’s history at its shed in Wakefield.  The wooden red shed ...

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