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Rotterdam – Trafalgar Studios, London

Writer: Jon Brittain Director:Donnacadh O’Briain Reviewer: Stephen Bates “Rotterdam is anywhere. Anywhere alone…” goes the Beautiful South song. To the three British expats in Jon Brittain’s play, first seen at Theatre 503 in 2015, the Dutch port city is a place where things are moved in and out and now they are all looking for the exit. Alice came to ...

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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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The Spoils – Trafalgar Studios, London

Writer:Jesse Eisenberg Director:Scott Elliott Reviewer:Andy Moseley Actors writing and starring in their own plays can always divide the opinion of audiences. An extension of their talent, showing them as a complete all-rounder and highlighting their ability to portray challenging roles, or vanity projects allowing for over-indulgent writing and the sort of part they’d never normally get because no self-respecting playwright ...

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This Is Living – Trafalgar Studios, London

Writer and Director: Liam Borrett Reviewer:Stephen Bates   This is living. Or is it? Liam Borrett’s play, first seen at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival last August, moves between reality and illusion, tragedy and comedy to explore the relationship between the living and the dead. The play begins with Alice lying face down on watery ground. Her sudden resurrection shocks her ...

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Boris: World King – Trafalgar Studios, London

Boris: World King

Writer: Tom Crawshaw Director: Yaz Al-Shaater Reviewer: James Bartholomeusz   Is there something about the performative world of modern politics that lends itself to a gameshow? Last summer, Matt Telford took his acclaimed Margaret Thatcher, Queen of Soho to Latitude Festival as On Yer Bike! Margaret Thatcher, Game Show Host, creating a piece of reality TV presented by Britain’s first ...

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The Maids – Trafalgar Studios, London

Zawe Ashton and Uzo Aduba In The Maids

Writer: Jean Genet Translators: Benedict Andrews &Andrew Upton Director: Jamie Lloyd Reviewer: Daniel Perks   What would you do if driven to desperation? We all feel at times as though we are stuck in a job that is going nowhere, or simply observers instead of participators in life. But there are some that are so stuck in their work that ...

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Firebird – Trafalgar Studios, London

The cast of Firebird at Trafalgar Studios

Writer: Phil Davies Director: Edward Hall Reviewer: Madelaine Bowman   After gaining huge success with a sell-out run last year at North London’s Hampstead Theatre, Firebird has arrived on the West End, and it’s just as powerful and harrowing as it was the first time round. Devised in response to the child sex trafficking case that took the UK by ...

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The Picture of Dorian Gray – Trafalgar Studios, London

The Cast of European Arts production of The Picture of Dorian Gray

Writer: Oscar Wilde Adaptors: Merlin Holland and John O’Connor Director: Peter Craze Reviewer: Stephen Bates 125 years ago, before the arrival of cosmetic surgeons and Botox, Oscar Wilde’s only novel told of how Dorian Gray preserved his youth and beauty by selling his soul to the Devil. His portrait would grow older, but his body would remain untouched by age. ...

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