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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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Motown: The Musical – Liverpool Empire

Book: Berry Gordy Director: Charles Randolph-Wright If you can cherry-pick from a back catalogue of one of the most successful record labels in popular music, a label that spawned well over 100 US top 10 hits, then you have somewhat of a head start on your competition. Throw into the mix the classic rags-to-riches story, filled with love, jealousy and ...

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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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The Bodyguard – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Director: Thea Sharrock Choreographer: Karen Bruce Reviewer: Helen Tope A hit film with a killer soundtrack, The Bodyguard tells the story of superstar Rachel Marron. After receiving threatening letters from a stalker, Marron’s management hires the best protection in the business. Frank Farmer is a former Secret Service agent. Not impressed by Marron’s diva attitude, the new bodyguard tries to ...

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Late Night Lip Service – Gilded Balloon Rose Theatre, Edinburgh

Hosted by Gingzilla Reviewer: Dominic Corr Well, my, my, my Miss Gingzilla, had the adoration not been clear before, this evening's ravenous crowd make it obvious to see our host for Late Night Lip Service is a Goddess of the Fringe. Serving up filth Thursday – Saturday, Late Night Lip Service is where to go if you want what the ...

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Hughie – Gilded Balloon Teviot, Edinburgh

Writer: Eugene O’Neill Reviewer: Dominic Corr Al Pacino, Jason Robards, Forest Whitaker, and now, Phil Nichol, one hell of a listing to have one common trait, what is it you may wonder? They've all performed the role of loveable rogue Erie Smith in Eugene O'Neill’s short, one-act production of Hughie. Set in midtown New York, as a gambler laments the ...

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Tropez! – The Space, London

Creators: Nathan and Ida Reviewer: Richard Maguire Nathan and Ida have two shows playing at the Space’s Send in the Clowns festival. Tropez!, their newest show, is an inventive 50-minute of comedy gurning and miming, but ultimately too much of the humour is in the same register. Georges played by Nathan Peter Grassi is on holiday in St Tropez in ...

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The Colours – Soho Theatre, London

Writer: Harriet Madeley Director: Max Barton Reviewer: Richard Maguire A verbatim play about palliative care and death may not be the usual summer offering in London’s West End but Crowded Room’s new show at Soho Theatre warms the air rather than chills it. Following the lives of four people with terminal illnesses, The Colours successfully navigates the line between sensitivity ...

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