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Evita, Phoenix Theatre – Review

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Pros: Beautiful voices and some emotional scenes – this is a production where the women shine! Cons: A rushed plotline and poor sound design. It had been almost ten years since I last saw Evita, and with fond memories I was looking forward to seeing it again, at the Phoenix Theatre in London’s glitzy West End. With Wicked’s Emma Hatton following in the footsteps of Elaine Paige and taking on the leading role this was surely going to be a memorable production. ...

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Four Corners – Stratford Circus Arts Centre – Review

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Pros: Exceptional performances from all and some stunning design elements. Cons: If you are not one for physical theatre then perhaps this isn’t the show for you. Though I knew there was a theatre in Stratford, I’m ashamed to say I had never been. So, walking into Theatre Square, I was amazed to find not just one not two, but three theatres! All three are grouped together in a sunny square with a statue of the mother of modern theatre, ...

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The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Greenwich Theatre – Review

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Pros: Interesting staging, combined with well-rehearsed choreography and movement. Cons: A tad confusing at times and doesn’t work hard enough to fulfil Brecht’s wish of making the audience think. Brechtian theatre is difficult, both in meaning and in staging, so any company that chooses to tackle the challenges that come with this playwright and practitioner’s work, should be commended. If you are not familiar with Bertolt Brecht’s “epic” theatre then you may, at points, wonder what on earth is going on. Particularly ...

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