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King Tut: A Pyramid Panto – King’s Head Theatre, London

Writer and Director: James Savournin Lyrics and Arrangements: David Eaton Reviewer: Maryam Philpott In the well-trodden panto furrow, genuine innovation is pretty rare, so Charles Court Opera’s latest “Boutique Pantomime” at the King’s Head Theatre is something a bit special. While the political jokes are updated every year and the gender-swapped casting may be de rigueur, the essential elements of ...

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Talk Radio – Old Red Lion, London

Writer: Eric Bogosian Director: Sean Turner Reviewer: Richard Maguire As some right-wing political views become legitimised by Donald Trump’s presidency in the US, and with our own imminent departure from the EU suggesting a similar surge to the right, this revival of Talk Radio, first performed in 1987, couldn’t be more timely. Trump and, to a lesser extent, Nigel Farage, ...

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No Villain – Trafalgar Studios, London

Writer: Arthur Miller Director: Sean Turner Reviewer: Daniel Perks After its highly successful run at the Old Red Lion Theatre last year, there was much to expect from No Villain, the newly unearthed seminal work from one of the 20thCentury’s great playwrights. This Arthur Miller play more transparently holds a mirror up to his own life in comparison with much ...

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No Villain – Old Red Lion Theatre, London

George Turvey and Helen Cole in No Villan at London's Old Red Lion Theatre

Writer: Arthur Miller Director: Sean Turner Reviewer: Stephen Bates   It is said that the first work of all writers is, to some extent, autobiographical. Arthur Miller was the son of a Jewish New York women’s clothing manufacturer who lost everything in the Great Depression. Therefore, it should come as no great surprise that his debut play is set in ...

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Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood – City Varieties, Leeds

Darrell Brockis, Louisa Beadel and Sophie Byrne in Robin Hood

Writer: Peter Rowe Director: Paul Hart Reviewer: Holly Spanner The creative team at The City Varieties are back for another year with their hugely successful Rock N’ Roll Pantomime, this time Robin Hood and Babes in the Wood. Incidentally, it was during the 1941 Christmas production of Babes in the Wood that a woman in the audience famously gave birth! ...

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Boris Godunov – Jack Studio Theatre, London

Writer: Alexander Pushkin adapted by Howard Colyer Directors: Scott Le Crass and Sean Turner Reviewer: Jon Wainwright Russian regime change The whole of Russia is mapped out on the floor of the Jack Studio, roughly sketched by Feodor, the young son and heir of Boris Godunov. The boy delights in showing his father Novgorod and Astrakhan, the Volga, and Siberia, ...

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream – The Castle, Harrow

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Sean Turner Reviewer: Jon Wainwright Permanently Bard began life as a pun and a theatre company when producer and publican Tom Tucker put on some Shakespeare in his beer garden in Ealing. Now, with the backing of Fuller's Inns, the company has embarked on a tour of 13 pubs with the explicit aim of introducing our ...

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Blind / Doing the Business – Courtyard Theatre, London

Writer: Doug Lucie Directors: Sean Turner (Blind), Saul Reid (Doing the Business) Reviewer: Mary Halton The ‘business of art’ is not tackled head on in theatre with much regularity, for rather glaringly obvious reasons. However, this double bill on the price of sponsorship from Triple Jump Theatre is a reminder that when it comes to money, some things really do ...

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