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The Enlightenment Cafe, Old Vic Tunnels

Produced by LAStheatre★★★★ Pros: Great science and a great cast make for an enjoyable evening. Cons: Drunken, unfunny hecklers…who needs them? Our Verdict: Definitely worth doing if you’re a science enthusiast or just love a night doing something out of the ordinary. Remember to listen to our blogcast interview with LAStheatre’s Barra Collins and Andy Franzkowiak. The Enlightenment Cafe from LAStheatre It was a fairly average day in the week for me yesterday. But then I went underground to The ...

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The Beloved, Bush Theatre

Written and Directed by Amir Nizar ZuabiA ShiberHur, Young Vic production co-produced with the Bush Theatre and KVS Brussels, part of World Stages London★★★★ Pros: Original, engaging, thought-provoking. Cons: Bit weird and very uncomfortable in a couple of places. Our Verdict: A great venue if you’ve never been before. Go if you want to really be challenged by something. Courtesy of Spoonfed When I sat down in the auditorium and read ‘young lamb’ in the cast list I was a ...

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The Taming of the Shrew, Shakespeare’s Globe

Ilaaje Zid Dastiyaab HayTheatre Wallay, in association with KASHF foundation★★★ Pros: A big achievement for Pakistan’s theatre scene. Cons: Ran a bit long, especially the first half. Our Verdict: Despite it’s difficulties, a great contribution to a brilliant festival. Courtesy of Simon Annand for the Arts Desk One of the wonderful things about the Globe to Globe festival – and there are many – is that as each country brings its play to the stage, each audience reflects the culture ...

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The Sunshine Boys, The Savoy Theatre

Neil SimonDirected by Thea Sharrock★★★ Pros: A rare chance to see DeVito and Griffiths on stage, and both are on great form. Cons: Doesn’t actually deliver as many laughs as other comedies on at the moment. Our Verdict: Not essential viewing, but very enjoyable. Definitely go if you’re a hardcore fan of either actors. Courtesy of Alistair Muir for the Daily Telegraph The first thought that will probably cross your mind as the curtain goes up for The Sunshine Boys ...

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BABEL, Caledonian Park

A collaboration between World Stages London, WildWorks and Battersea Arts Centre. ★★ Pros: An intriguing idea and parts of it work very well. It’s nice to see that ambitious, large scale projects do still get made. Definitely makes for a unique evening, even if it’s not completely you’re thing. Cons: Mud, lots of mud. And despite tremendous effort it didn’t quite come together Our Verdict: A bold idea full of good intent, but didn’t quite hit the right note Courtesy ...

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Othello, Shakespeare’s Globe

William ShakespeareRemixed by The Q Brothers★★★★★ Pros: A very strong and entertaining modernisation of a Shakespeare classic. Cons: The tragedy loses something in translation. Shakespeare’s original text is overwritten – not for purists. Our Verdict: A must-see, if nothing else to see a version of Othello quite unlike you have ever witnessed, or ever will again. Image courtesy of The Arts Desk Shakespeare’s Globe couldn’t have timed their Globe to Globe initiative any better. Coinciding with the World Shakespeare Festival, ...

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REDfest, Old Red Lion Theatre

New writing festival, various writers and directors★★★★ Pros: Great idea overall, very engaging and easy to watch and some very good pieces of new writing. Cons: Risky, there are some pieces that aren’t so good, and the theatre was too full when we were there! Our Verdict: A great evening of new writing at a charming venue, well worth a trip for the final week! Courtesy of the Old Red Lion Theatre The last time we went to Islington’s favourite pub ...

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Globe to Globe Festival, Shakespeare’s Globe

A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Korean, part of the Globe to Globe Festival ★★★★★ Pros: £5 yard tickets (best view in the house), eye-opener on to a whole new world of Shakespeare. Cons: I took slight offense to a member of the audience describing the performance as ‘groovy’. Our Verdict: Pick a play you know and like and then prepare to be blown away! Courtesy of Globe to Globe We Brits might not be world class at many things and ...

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South Downs/The Browning Version, Harold Pinter Theatre

South DownsDavid HareDirected by Jeremy Herrin★★★ The Browning VersionTerence RattiganDirected by Angus Jackson★★★★ Pros: Strong performances, great set, excellent lighting. The Browning Version in particular is a true masterpiece from one of the greatest playwrights of all time. Cons: South Downs is a slightly less meaty script, and may leave you wondering what exactly happened towards the end. Our Verdict: An engaging introduction to the evening with South Downs followed by a flawless performance of The Browning Version. Courtesy of ...

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Misterman, National Theatre

Written and Directed by Enda Walsh★★★★ Pros: Powerful acting supports a complex, beautiful and well-constructed story in a intricately devised setting. Cons: Desperately sad. Our Verdict: An unsettling experience but an incredible night of theatre. Courtesy of the Daily Telegraph There aren’t many shows in life that can genuinely make you feel something deep beneath your skin. Misterman achieves that, if for no other reason than bestowing you with the sincere desire to take a shower. The production is probably the ...

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