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Ghost Quartet – Boulevard Theatre

Writer: Dave Malloy Director: Bill Buckhurst Reviewer: Ava Eldred The inaugural production at Soho’s new Boulevard Theatre, Dave Malloy’s Ghost Quartet is a haunting song cycle about sisters and storytellers – by way of lovers, mothers, soldiers and ghosts – which intoxicates the audience almost from the moment the four players enter the stage, instruments in hand, ready to tell ...

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Equus – Yvonne Arnaud, Guildford

Writer: Peter Shaffer Director: Ned Bennett Reviewer: Alice Fowler Peter Shaffer’s masterpiece begins with a disturbing question: why has 17-year-old Alan Strang blinded six horses with a metal spike? Controversial when first performed in 1973, Equus retains its power to shock. English Touring Theatre and Theatre Royal Stratford East’s highly charged production explores the patient-psychiatrist relationship and asks: exactly what ...

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Equus – The Lowry, Salford

 Writer: Peter Shaffer Director: Ned Bennett Reviewer: Sam Lowe The late Peter Shaffer’s psychological thriller, Equus, is still a notable play. It resonates with a modern audience, even though it was written in 1973. An English Touring Theatre and Theatre Royal Stratford East production, Equus is reinterpreted by award-winning theatre director, Ned Bennett. This is exceedingly visual, physical theatre combined with ...

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Fun Home   – Young Vic, London

Music:  Jeanine Tesori   Book and Lyrics:  Lisa Kron Director: Sam Gold Reviewer:  Richard Maguire Based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel, this intelligent musical comes to London laden with Tony awards from its run on Broadway. For a story with a father’s suicide at its heart, this is not your usual hedonistic musical, but a powerful exploration of the ...

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Poison – Orange Tree Theatre, London

Writer: Lot Vekemans Director: Paul Miller Reviewer: Richard Maguire Another week, another one-act two-hander opens in London. First Heisenberg at the Wyndham’s and, last week, Trestle at Southwark Playhouse and now, this week, Poison at the Orange Tree Theatre. Whereas the other two are forms of romcoms tracing the first days of new relationships, Poison takes place at the other end, focussing on a failed marriage torn apart ...

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Globe Theatre, London

Writer: William Shakespeare Dramaturg and Lyricist: Tanika Gupta Director: Emma Rice Reviewer: Karl O’Doherty   There are two massive things to review here with the new production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at The Globe. The first is the play itself, and the second is the statement of intent from new Artistic Director Emma Rice. With lighting rigs, sound systems ...

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The Changeling – Young Vic, London

Writer: Thomas Middleton and William Rowley Director: Joe Hill-Gibbins Reviewer: Ian Foster [rating:3.5] Joe Hill-Gibbins’ raucous production of The Changeling first played the intimate Maria studio at the Young Vic earlier this year and encouraged by its success there, it has now transferred into the main theatre to provide a Gothic pre-Christmas treat. Middleton and Rowley’s Jacobean tragedy which spirals ...

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