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Blood Knot – Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond

Writer: Athol Fugard Director: Matthew Xia Reviewer: Stephen Bates London is seeing a resurgence of interest in Athol Fugard. A week after a revival of the South African writer’s politically-charged play A Lesson from Aloes opened at the Finborough Theatre, here comes Blood Knot, a play originally performed in 1961, seen in a 1987 revised version. Apartheid forms the backdrop ...

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Cougar – Orange Tree Theatre, London

Writer: Rose Lewenstein Director: Chelsea Walker Reviewer: Scott Matthewman One of the many downsides to corporate travel is that every hotel room ends up looking much the same as any other. That plays into the literary and design aesthetic of the Orange Tree Theatre’s latest collaboration with English Touring Theatre, which continually flashes forward to a succession of identikit bedrooms. ...

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Losing Venice – Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond

Writer: Jo Clifford Director: Paul Miller Reviewer: Stephen Bates Marrying the styles of restoration comedy and 1950s absurdism, Paul Miller’s revival of Jo Clifford’s Losing Venice is a curious venture that feels out of place and out of time. The play premiered at the 1985 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where, perhaps, it passed as frivolous fun, but, put under harsher scrutiny ...

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The Brink – Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond

Writer: Brad Birch Director: Mel Hillyard Reviewer: Stephen Bates   Nick is not sleeping well. Every night he is woken by the same nightmare that the school at which he teaches is blown to smithereens and he himself is splattered into a million little pieces. The dreams lead him to the brink of extreme anxiety and then the discovery that ...

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When We Were Women – Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond

Writer: Sharman Macdonald Director: Eleanor Rhode Reviewer: James Higgins   This is the first appearance ofWhen We Were Womensince its premiere in 1988. Writer Sharman Macdonald's follow up to her award-winning debut playWhen I Was a Girl, I Used to Scream and Shoutdoesn't quite reach the same dizzy heights but allows us an intimateportrait of a bygone agewracked with religious ...

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Military WAGS Choir: Strawberries and Song – Town Hall, Richmond

Musical Director: Carol Gedye Reviewer: Lindsay Sykes It is five years since the Military WAGS Choir was formed in Catterick Garrison, just as 19 Brigade was about to embark on a six month tour to Afghanistan at the height of the war. Due to the transient nature of the forces, very few original members remain who have been involved from ...

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Saturday Night Fever – Richmond Theatre, London

Music and Lyrics: The Bee Gees Book adaptors: Robert Stigwood and Bill Oakes Director: Ryan McBryde Reviewer: Teddy Lamb   Saturday Night Fever is a strange beast. A gritty movie, turned family friendly dance film, and then watered down once more to become a slightly disjointed musical. If you haven’t seen the film (as I haven’t) I’ll give you a ...

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NEWS: London Classic Theatre 15th Anniversary Tour Announced

2015 will see London Classic Theatre celebrate its 15th Anniversary and today Michael Cabot, Artistic Director, has announced details of their plans for the year. The anniversary year will include tours of Alan Ayckbourn’s Absent Friends from April and Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot in the Autumn. Cabot said today, “I am thrilled announce our 15th Anniversary Season - Alan ...

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