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Ah, the Off West End. For those not familiar with the term, this is where the real magic of the London theatre scene happens. Great shows are born here, in pubs, in 50-seat theatres, in tunnels. Recommended for the adventurous – we can’t get enough of it, and you’ll save a quid or two as well!

Suicide at Vine House, 52 Romney Street – Review

Credit: Rosanna Mallinson

Pros: An alternative night out, in a house that’s a real treat for Grand Designs fantasists Cons: Far too long to support the story line presented I have never attended an immersive theatre show that lasted much longer than an hour. I believe there is a reason for this; a time limit creates stakes. Unfortunately, Suicide at Vine House clocks in at over two and a half hours and by the end of the show my enthusiasm was waning. Furnished with an address and ...

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The Fall, Acklam Village Market – Review

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Pros: Gorgeous visuals, fascinating live score, welcoming atmosphere Cons: Time constraints made some episodes of the story hard to follow Tucked right at the top of Portobello Road under the Westway flyover, Acklam Village Market isn’t the easiest place to find if you’ve not been there before. But once you do, it’s worth the trek – a red iron gate opens rabbithole-like into a bustling wonderland of streetfood stalls packing up for the night, theatre-goers arriving and a warm welcome ...

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Normal, Styx Theatre – Review

Credit: Kathy Trevelyan

Pros: Gripping plot, strong acting and beautiful design. Cons: The venue has character but is too wide for a psychological thriller and too cold for a winter evening. Can violence ever be considered normal? Is there a good enough reason to hurt an innocent? Can violence received justify the perpetration of further violence to others? These are some of the questions you might have in mind when you leave the Styx Theatre after watching Normal. This piece, written by Scottish playwright Anthony ...

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