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The Box of Delights – Wilton’s Music Hall, London

Writer: Piers Torday Director: Justin Audibert Reviewer: Maryam Philpott This year, theatreland seems to be offering a greater variety of Christmas shows than ever before; while there are still plenty of familiar pantos and festive cabarets, the more unusual offerings are much easier to find. The Pleasance has the horror-drag show How to Catch a Krampus, the Union Theatre is ...

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Cyrano de Bergerac – The Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

Adaptation: Edwin Morgan from the book by Edmund Rostand Director: Dominic Hill Reviewer: Dominic Corr Loosely (rather loosely at that) based upon Edmund Rostand’s 1897 play, Cyrano de Bergerac has previously been translated into Scots by Edwin Morgan. Returning to bring some panache into the Lyceum, delivering the concocted mythos and life of a man who embodied the true sense ...

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Rhinoceros – Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Eugene Ionesco Adapter: Zinnie Harris Director: Murat Daltaban Reviewer: Gareth Davies There is much in the modern world that we might reasonably describe as absurd. But not the fun kind of absurd, like the charmingly harmless nonsense of Alice in Wonderland, where animals talk gobbledegook and logic is inverted to wry effect. There is a darker kind of absurdity ...

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The Great Wave – National Theatre, London

Writer: Francis Turnly Director: Indhu Rubasingham Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Any culture touched by war in the twentieth-century will have stories about the missing, not just those lost on battlefields or air attacks on civilian areas, but people abducted, removed or “disappeared” without a trace. For the families left behind, finding out what really happened to their loved ones dominates the rest ...

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The Open House – Print Room at the Coronet, Notting Hill Gate, London

Writer: Will Eno Director: Michael Boyd Reviewer: David Guest A dysfunctional family drama so incongruous it could be an episode of Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone plays out in the suitably eccentric setting of the glorious Print Room at the Coronet, and will fill audiences with laughter or loathing. Falling firmly under the banner of absurd theatre, Will Eno’s The ...

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Shobana Jeyasingh Dance: Bayadère – The Ninth Life – The Lowry, Salford

Choreography: Shobana Jeyasingh Composer: Gabriel Prokofiev Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Shobana Jeyasingh is a well-established and much-respected British choreographer whose work is rooted in her own British Asian experience and the classical Indian dance she grew up studying. Several years ago she saw a production of the now relatively little-seen (outside London) classical ballet La Bayadère. Created by the legendary Marius ...

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Boudica  – Globe Theatre, London

Writer: Tristan Bernays Director: Eleanor Rhode Reviewer: Richard Maguire “We will win back this land” chant Boudica and her allies as they prepare to march on London, razing Camulodunum (Colchester) to the ground on the way, and it’s hard not to get swept away in this heady patriotism currently being played out at The Globe. What little we know of ...

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Pride and Prejudice – Theatre Royal, Bath

Writer: Jane Austen Adaptor: Simon Reade Director: Deborah Bruce Reviewer: Claire Hayes Regent’s Park Theatre’s revival of its 2013 open-air Pride and Prejudice comes to the Theatre Royal in Bath, following in the literary footsteps of its previous productions To Kill a Mockingbird and Lord of the Flies. In a city that claims Jane Austen as one of its own ...

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