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Ross & Rachel, Battersea Arts Centre – Review

Pros: A very different performance from an actress at the top of her game, in a venue that deserves all the support it can get. Cons: The intensity and non-stop momentum of this play might not be to everyone’s taste My only previous visit to the Battersea Arts Centre never transpired, as the show I expected to see was relocated following the fire that caused so much damage. So upon arriving tonight, the last thing I wanted to hear was the ...

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Hotel Black Cat, London Wonderground – Review

Pros: The variation in this cabaret offering means even that if one act isn’t quite your thing, the next will be along in just a few minutes. Cons: Slightly let down by what appeared a total lack of organisation beforehand, with the advertised start time, already late, missed by almost 30 minutes, and the audience left queuing with no clue what was happening. Hotel Black Cat, part of London Wonderground’s season, is a full-throttle mixture of cabaret, circus, music and adult pantomime, ...

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The Sins Of Jack Saul, Above The Stag – Review

Pros: A fascinating and funny play in a tight, intimate venue, hidden under the Vauxhall Arches. Cons: For some, even if the subject matter doesn’t put you off, the rumbling of the trains overhead might just. Some plays just make no sense on paper. Who sits down thinking, “I know, let’s turn my biography of a barely known nineteenth-century homosexual prostitute into a play, and better yet, let’s make it a musical”? Thankfully, though, that seems just the thought process ...

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Twelfth Night, The French Protestant Church, Soho Square – Review

Pros: An unusual setting and superb performances that made great use of the venue’s features. Cons: Scena Mundi’s production took a while to hit its stride and was possibly twenty minutes too long. Plus the pew seating really needed cushions. Is there such a phrase as ‘modern traditional’? If not, maybe this production from Scena Mundi Theatre Company should be the starting point for that genre. This was Shakespeare that paid homage to tradition, yet at the same time felt modern in ...

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