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Danelaw – Old Red Lion, London

Writer: Peter Hamilton Director: Ken McClymont Reviewer: Richard Maguire The Old Red Lion’s new production comes with so many trigger warnings that you climb the stairs to the theatre with some trepidation. Sheets of A4 pasted to the walls above the bannisters repeat the warnings on your short ascent. Scenes of murder! Loud noises! Strobe lighting! Offensive language! You may ...

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The Exorcist – Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Adam Garcia as Father Damien Karras Clare Louise Connolly as Regan and Peter Bowles as Father Merrin in The Exorcist

Adaptation: John Pielmeier from the novel by William Peter Blatty Director: Sean Mathias Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys It's a work that's polarised audiences in both book and film form, and now, almost fifty years after William Peter Blatty's best-selling novel first appeared, the stage version arrives in Glasgow on its first national tour. Is it a horror classic? Is it satanic ...

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Solaris – Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: David Greig Director: Matthew Lutton Reviewer: Gareth Davies It is a cultural truth, universally acknowledged, that in space no one can hear you scream. But in David Greig's stage adaptation of Stanisław Lem's 1960s sci-fi classic, you can certainly hear the howl of the existential void. One of the appeals of space dramas are the built-in opportunities to explore ...

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Amsterdam – Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond

Writer: Maya Arad Yasur Translator: Eran Edry Director: Matthew Xia Reviewer: Stephen Bates Amsterdam today remains a city of distinctive architecture and criss-crossing canals, but, in the past, it was also a city of Nazi occupation, collaborators, resistance fighters and Anne Frank. Maya Arad Yasur’s one-act 80-minute play, seen here in a translation by Eran Edry,  seeks to reconcile present ...

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Anahera – The Finborough, London

Writer: Emma Kinane Director: Alice Kornitzer Reviewer: Richard Maguire Everything comes together quite wonderfully in Anahera, the new production at The Finborough. Emma Kinane’s script, both realistic and symbolic, is tightly wrought, and under Alice Kornitzer’s direction, as sharp and dangerous as a knife’s edge. Superlative acting, especially from Caroline Faber, guarantees that this play about parenting is as tense ...

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Hansard – National Theatre, London

Writer: Simon Woods Director: Simon Godwin Reviewer: Stephen Bates Most of us may feel that we have had enough of politics in our lives right now, but actor turned playwright Simon Woods seems to think otherwise. His play is a forensic examination of the murky territory where the public and private lives of a politician and his wife intersect. It ...

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World’s End – King’s Head Theatre, London

Writer: James Corley Director: Harry Mackrill Reviewer: Stephen Bates It hardly seems like two decades since the war in Kosovo was raging and video games were in their infancy. James Corley takes us back to this era in his debut play, which skilfully blends comedy and tragedy into a teenage gay love story. World’s End is an estate on the ...

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Film Review: Seahorse

Director: Jeanie Finlay Reviewer: Richard Maguire The male seahorse has quite a burden to carry. Not only does he have to carry the female’s eggs in a pouch until they hatch, releasing them into the ocean fully developed, but also the seahorse now stands as a symbol for the unpredictability of gender roles in the modern age. Jeanie Finlay’s beautifully ...

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