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Villain, King’s Head Theatre – Review

Villain - Review - Kings Head Theatre

Pros: An immensely likable performance from Maddie Rice, making light of a demanding script. Cons: A story told in flashback wasn’t easy to follow at times. There are times when we get things wrong in our job.  The consequences are, for the most part, negligible: embarrassment, a knock to our confidence or maybe the loss of a bonus.  But what happens if an error changes someone’s life beyond all recognition?  That’s the conundrum posed by Villain, a one act monologue featuring social worker ...

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The Woman in Black, Fortune Theatre – Review

Credit: Tristram Kenton

Pros: A perfect venue dripping with atmosphere and an eerie sense of expectation. Cons: Hysterically shrieking members of the audience breaking the tension. Plays in the West End are often short lived as they can rarely depend on customers returning to the same show.  The ultimate exception is of course Agatha Christie’s  Mousetrap, which has been running continuously in London since 1952.  A distant but creditable second is The Woman in Black, a mere stripling of only 25 years standing. ...

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