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Preludes – Southwark Playhouse, London

Writer: Dave Malloy Director: Alex Sutton Reviewer: David Guest A breathtaking synthesis of musical styles and an offbeat story that resonates through the ages could be the most exciting and mind-blowing UK premiere to hit a London stage this year. Dave Malloy’s Preludes is outrageously anachronistic, compellingly creative and devastatingly frank as it dares to paint a picture of a cruel ...

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How Love Is Spelt – Southwark Playhouse, London

Writer: Chloe Moss Director: Charlotte Peters Reviewer: David Guest Brief encounters with lost souls form the framework of the deceptively quiet but powerful How Love Is Spelt at Southwark Playhouse. It’s the first major revival of the assured and mature play by Chloe Moss since its premiere at the Bush Theatre in 2004 and it remains pertinent to today,resonating with the ...

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Dogfight – Southwark Playhouse, London

Music and Lyrics: Benj Pasek, Justin Paul Book: Peter Duncan Director: Dean Johnson Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty The freewheeling, cocky musicality and choreography through Dogfight boost two seemingly competing forces. On the one hand we have the vibrant macho camaraderie of three marines who are on a night out following basic training. On the other, the ugly, muscular bullying of entitled ...

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Once On This Island – Southwark Playhouse, London

Book and lyrics: Lynn Ahrens Music: Stephen Flaherty Director and choreographer: Lee Proud Reviewer: Stephen Bates Continuing The British Theatre Academy’s 2019 Summer Season, Once On This Island is a revival of a short musical which was seen on Broadway in 1990 and in the West End in 1994, the latter production winning the Olivier Award for Best New Musical. ...

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My Son Pinocchio Jr – Southwark Playhouse, London

Music and Lyrics: Steven Schwartz Book:David Stern Director:Séimí Campbell Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Poor Geppetto! One minute he’s a successful toymaker living a bachelor lifestyle then one ill-advised wish later and he’s a single father to a human-puppet boy with a wilful mind of his own. Stephen Schwarz and David Stern’s My Son Pinocchio Jr reimagines the famous fairy tale from the ...

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Fiver – Southwark Playhouse, London

Book, music and lyrics: Alex James Ellison and Tom Lees Director: Tom Lees Reviewer: Stephen Bates The Small space at Southwark Playhouse is turning into fertile territory for new British musicals. Just a few weeks after The Curious Case of Benjamin Button emerged as, arguably, the fringe hit of 2019, here comes a refreshing offering from a young team that ...

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Afterglow – Southwark Playhouse, London

Writer: S Asher Gelman Director: Tom O’Brien Reviewer: Stephen Bates With this year’s Olivier-Award winner, Mathew Lopez’ The Inheritance, having followed quickly on the heels of successful revivals of Mart Crowley’s The Boys in the Band and Tony Kushner’s Angels in America, London has not, in recent times, been short of dramas that chronicle the lives of gay men in ...

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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button – Southwark Playhouse, London

Book and Lyrics: Jethro Compton Music and Lyrics: Darren Clark Director: Jethro Compton Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty Cornish mysticism replaces jazz-age American dreaming in this beautiful, engaging, fizzing version of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s famous short story. Transposed and translated from the West Coast of the US to a small fishing village, the curious case now becomes a folk tale revolving around ...

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