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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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The Homecoming – Trafalgar Studios, London

Gary Kemp, Gemma Chan, Ron Cook, in The Homecoming

Writer: Harold Pinter Director: Jamie Lloyd Reviewer: Stephen Bates   Explaining the link between plays chosen for his recent seasons at Trafalgar Studios, Jamie Lloyd stated that they all question what it is to be British. He now brings his company back to the same theatre with a 50th Anniversary revival of Harold Pinter’s masterpiece, The Homecoming, a biting, dark ...

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Four Minutes Twelve Seconds – Trafalgar Studios, London

Writer: James Fritz Director: Anna Ledwich Reviewer: Harry Stern This is a beautiful production that impressively demonstrates that less can very definitely be more. While everything about the production is stark, spare and streamlined its impact is substantial. Debutant writer Fritz offers us a set of eternal ethical and moral dilemmas that are very definitely rooted in our own times. ...

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East is East – Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Writer: Ayub Khan Din Music: Alex Baranowski Director: Sam Yates Reviewer:Lauren Humphreys Ayub Khan Din's strongly autobiographical play East is East (subsequently turned into a 1999 movie) about a mixed race family growing up in 1970s Salford, arrives in Glasgow this week. Over-bearing patriarch George (Genghis) Khan is a man desperately trying to keep alive his cultural traditions, but only ...

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Constellations – Trafalgar Studios, London

Writer: Nick Payne Director: Michael Longhurst Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty   The elegant genius of Payne’s work is the perspective it presents. Much like the science that inspires it, the work contains meaning and depth curled around and hidden in each flashed scene. Over the course of an hour and a bit we begin to see the story on a micro ...

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As Is – Trafalgar Studios 2, London

Writer: William M Hoffman Director: Andrew Keates Reviewer: Stephen Bates Snippets from radio broadcasts spanning 35 years precede the performance of Andrew Keates’ revival of William M Hoffman’s play, giving a perspective of how times have changed. An American voice reports solemnly that a “rare pneumonia” has struck the San Francisco gay community, followed immediately by Nigel Farage proclaiming that ...

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East is East – Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury

Writer: Ayub Khan Din Director: Sam Yates Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Ayub Khan Din’s autobiographical play East is East is heading for its 20th anniversary next year with this touring production of the Trafalgar Studios’ recent revival. For most of the audience, it may be their first experience with the story in play form, with many having maybe seen the exemplary ...

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