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Dr Faustus, Network Theatre

Christopher Marlowe, adapted by Bernie C. Byrnes Director Bernie C. Byrnes ★★★ Pros: The themes of the play (the corruption of power and the struggle between personal morality and worldly temptation) are acutely condensed into an intelligent view on the faults of society today.  Cons: While the actors clearly understood the play inside out and presented an impressively cohesive and entertaining piece in half the usual rehearsal time, it did lack a certain polish.  Our Verdict: This play as a ...

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Linck, The Last Refuge

Danny West & Ben Fensome  Directed by Danny West★★★ Pros: A strong all-female cast with a very interesting and relevant subject matter Cons: There seemed to be a few inconsistencies in the script, a potentially biased representation of Catharina Linck and the final moments lacked passion Our Verdict: A very interesting script and a strong cast make this show worthwhile, despite some tiny flaws Courtesy of The Last Refuge The new production, Linck, at The Last Refuge in Peckham has ...

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Di and Viv and Rose, Hampstead Theatre

Amelia Bullmore Directed by Anna Mackmin★★★★ Pros: A play about life and friendship that is easy to relate to, funny and heart-warming. It is brilliantly acted by a high calibre cast and the costumes and sound design realistically evoke the passing of time. Cons: There are a lot of unnecessary set changes which chops up the flow of the drama and as there is no crew, the actors make the changes themselves which gets a bit distracting. Our Verdict: Guaranteed to ...

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Love On Trial, Ovalhouse Theatre

Adapted by Roe Lane from the story by Stanley Kenani based on an idea by Amy Bonsall Directed by Roe Lane, Amy Bonsall and Kate Stafford ★★ Pros: Strong ideas, interesting subject matter and a fearlessly ambitious approach. Cons: Rather confusing and hard to follow. Our Verdict: Despite important and relevant subject matter, impressive acting and a thoughtful set, the narrative is tricky to follow and I found it difficult to relate to the characters. Courtesy of the Ovalhouse This ...

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People, National Theatre

Alan Bennett Directed by Nicholas Hytner ★★★★ Pros: A funny and enjoyable watch, plus a brilliant performance from Frances de la Tour and a great set. Cons: To its core audience, this might be provocative humour, but to me it felt quite conventional. Our Verdict: An enjoyable night out. Definitely worth seeing, but it didn’t change my life. Courtesy of Alastair Muir for The Telegraph Unlike a lot of the people in the audience of People, I am not a Bennett expert ...

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Brainville at Night, Brockley Jack Studio Theatre

Alexander Moschos Directed by Matthew Parker ★★★ Pros: A polished and well-crafted show. Excellent sound, lights and projection with good performances. Cons: The middle of the show drags and it started to feel a little bit repetitive. A shorter, punchier version would have more impact. Our Verdict: A good show which is nearly an excellent show. The company is doing great work and the Brockley Jack is a lovely venue. Courtesy of Brockley Jack The Brockley Jack is a charming venue, attached ...

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The Paper Cinema’s Odyssey, Battersea Arts Centre

HomerDevised by Nicholas Rawling, Imogen Charleston, Caroline Williams, Irena Stratieva, Christopher Reed, Ed Dowie, Quinta and Matthew Brown★★★★★ Pros: The combination of hand drawn and carefully cut out puppets with 21st century technology produces an intriguing take on the ancient art of paper and shadow puppetry. Cons: None to speak of but I think Paper Cinema are going to have to think hard about how they will top this one. Our Verdict: A must see! The performers utilise their attention ...

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Great Expectations, Vaudeville Theatre

Charles Dickens Directed by Graham McLaren ★★★ Pros: Enthusiastic performances from all the actors with their imaginative interpretations of the theatrical antecedents of Dickens’ characters. Cons: Lack of structure to the first half of the show lets it down, plus the use of only one (albeit beautifully crafted) set. Our Verdict: The show is visually impressive, but if you are a Dickens purist then go with an open mind. Banish those preconceptions and appreciate the fact that 150 years on, ...

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Romeo and Juliet, Upstairs at the Gatehouse

William Shakespeare Directed by Zoé Ford ★★★★ Pros: Some excellent performances and great direction. This well known script is engaging throughout the two hour and forty five minute performance. Add the sixties soundtrack and this modern take will appeal to a wide audience. Cons: At times the sound and lighting are a bit clunky and I am not convinced by the interpretation of Juliet as a weeping frailty. A few performances pale against the more dynamic ones. Our Verdict: Hiraeth Artistic Productions ...

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Equally Divided, Watford Palace Theatre

Ronald Harwood Directed by Brigid Larmour ★★★ Pros: A great cast and a polished production featuring funny and touching moments. Cons: The last leg of the play unfortunately does not compare in quality to the first two-thirds. Our Verdict: A very decent production in most ways, which sadly loses some of its impact since the conclusion unravels before the curtain closes. Courtesy of Watford Palace Theatre It’s always nice to see an old-fashioned parlour-room drama which manages to compete in ...

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