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Three Sisters – Vaudeville Theatre, London

Writer: Anton Chekhov  Director: Lev Dodin Reviewer: Gus Mitchell With a double bill of Life and Fate and Uncle Vanya at the Theatre Royal Haymarket last summer, the Maly Drama Theatre of St. Petersburg made a splash in London. Their renowned director Lev Dodin now leads the company back to the West End, with a 10-day run of Anton Chekhov’s penultimate play, ...

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The Importance of Being Earnest – Vaudeville Theatre, London

Writer: Oscar Wilde Director:Michael Fentimen Reviewer: Maryam Philpott At the end of Classic Spring’s year-long Oscar Wilde season, this final show has this phrase, taken from The Importance of Being Earnest, emblazoned across the safety curtain: ‘If one tells the truth, one is sure, sooner or later, to be found out’. The fourth of Wilde’s plays to be staged by ...

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An Ideal Husband – Vaudeville Theatre, London

Writer: Oscar Wilde Director: Jonathan Church Reviewer: Stephen Bates Glancing at the names of the main characters in Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband, all bar one of them titled, a natural reaction is to ask how on Earth can the problems of this cross-section of the Victorian aristocracy be relevant to modern life? It is only when their problems turn ...

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Lady Windermere’s Fan – Vaudeville Theatre, London

Writer: Oscar Wilde Director: Kathy Burke Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Although most famous for their endless witticism, Oscar Wilde’s plays also remind us that either for good or bad our past eventually catches up with all of us. Whether your origins have been obscured by being left in a London railway station, you’ve written indiscriminate letters selling cabinet secrets or walked ...

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The Mentor – Vaudeville Theatre, London

Writer: Daniel Kehlmann Director: Laurence Boswell Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Who decides what makes great art – is it the critics who allocate a star rating, the audiences who flock to see it or, like peer review in academia, should fellow writers, painters or musicians insist on its importance? Daniel Kehlmann’s play The Mentor, translated from the German by Christopher Hampton, ...

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Hobson’s Choice – Vaudeville Theatre, London

Hobson's Choice - Gabrielle Dempsey (Vickey Hobson), Martin Shaw (Henry Hobson), Florence Hall (Alice Hobson) -

Writer: Harold Brighouse Director: Jonathan Church Reviewer:Maryam Philpott You may be forgiven for thinking the London has developed a bit of a foot fetish for on the Strand in neighbouring theatres there are currently two shows about shoe-making. While the musical Kinky Boots has been delighting audiences and winning awards for the best part of a year, nearby in the ...

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Hand to God – Vaudeville Theatre, London

Harry Melling and puppet

  Writer: Robert Askins Director: Moritz Von Stuelpnagel Reviewer: Maryam Philpott   Demonic puppets are something the West End doesn’t see all that often, and as associated as they are with children’s TV, a number of productions in recent years including Avenue Q and War Horse have seen puppetry as a genuine theatre art – in other words, they’re all ...

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INTERVIEW: Harry Melling on becoming a handyman

Many will remember actor Harry Melling as Harry Potter’s obnoxious spoiled cousin, Dudley, but 16 years on and with a raft of West End plays under his belt (including one he wrote himself), the 26-year-old has moved on and is embracing new challenges, including that of actor-puppeteer inMoritz von Stuelpnagel’srisqué comedy, Hand to God. Melling took time out of rehearsals ...

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