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Outlying Islands – King’s Head Theatre, London

Writer: David Greig Director: Jessica Lazar Reviewer: Stephen Bates The great appeal of David Greig’s Outlying Islands stems from its unpredictability. Audiences are left always uncertain as to whether they are watching a slapstick comedy, a brittle romance or a suspense thriller as the writer skirts around dramatic conventions with canny skill. The play received its London premiere at the ...

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Until The Lions  –  Roundhouse, London

Director and Choreographer: Akram Khan Reviewer:  Richard Maguire Akram Khan’s farewell continues and this week sees his last performances in his show Until The Lions, first seen at The Roundhouse in 2016. If this really is to be his final performance as a dancer then it’s a fitting and an emotional goodbye. In May of 2018, Khan danced his last ...

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Anomaly – Old Red Lion Theatre, London

Writer: Liv Warden Director: Adam Small Reviewer: Stephen Bates “Post-Weinstein. Post-Spacey. Pre-Preston” reads the publicity for Liv Warden’s debut play, Anomaly, Philip Preston being the pivotal, albeit unseen, figure. However, in an hour-long drama that is sharp, sensitive and powered by topicality, the writer concerns herself less with Preston’s misdemeanours than with the impact on his three daughters.  The oldest ...

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Motown the Musical – Bristol Hippodrome

Director:  Charles Randolph-Wright Musical arrangement: Ethan Popp Choreographers: Patricia Wilcox and Warren Adams Reviewer: Julia Beasley If a musical is actually about music, it should surely celebrate that music in all its full-blown glory. Motown the Musical is undoubtedly about some of the best soul music of the twentieth century. So it’s a bit disappointing that this show romps over-excitedly through its vast ...

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The Sleeping Beauty – Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Version and Direction: Victor Smirnov-Golovanov Artistic Director: Ludmila Nerubashenko Choreographer: Marius Petipa Reviewer: Janet Jepson There is a certain magic in the air when a ballet is performed, and an evening at the ballet seems to hark back to that previous era of classic theatrical opulence and privilege. To properly partake in the experience, one feels ...

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Pinter Six: Party Time / Celebration – Harold Pinter Theatre, London

Writer: Harold Pinter Director: Jamie Lloyd Reviewer: Stephen Bates Harold Pinter’s career as a writer encompassed an era of unprecedented social mobility in Britain. Sparked by the end of post-War austerity, new opportunities opened up for the once disadvantaged, London’s East End and West End began to merge and members of the working classes moved up society’s ladder. The sixth ...

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