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Routes, Royal Court – Review

Rachel DelahayDirected by Simon Godwin ★★★★ Pros: Great writing supported by strong performances and pared-back but excellent direction. Cons: Nothing. This is a very good play that I found both enjoyable and moving. Our Verdict: These poignant intertwined stories about migration manage to be simultaneously funny, hard-hitting and emotionally truthful. Go see it! Courtesy of telegraph.co.uk Routes follows two parallel stories. In one, a Nigerian man named Olufemi is desperately trying to acquire the necessary papers to get back to ...

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Othello, National Theatre – Review

William Shakespeare Directed by Nicholas Hytner ★★★★ Pros: One of the clearest productions of Othello I have seen. Had the whole audience on the edge of their seat for the whole 3 hours and 15 minutes. Cons: Rory Kinnear plays Iago with an accent that doesn’t sit well for some reason. Our Verdict: Shakespeare’s finest characters played by Britain’s finest actors and helmed by one of theatre’s finest directors. Courtesy of The Independent We at Everything Theatre have seen quite ...

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Noel Coward Theatre – Review

William ShakespeareDirected by Michael Grandage ★★★★★  Pros: A lavish, contemporary, comical production with an outstanding cast. The relatable interpretation succeeded in bringing this play full of fairies and spells to a wide and appreciative audience. Cons: I’m grasping at straws, but Padraic Delaney as Oberon/Theseus is a little less commanding than I expected from the king of the fairies/Duke of Athens. Our Verdict: Grandage’s interpretation proves the timelessnes of Shakespeare’s writing. Don’t be put off if you are not a ...

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War Horse, New London Theatre – Review

Michael Morpurgo, adapted by Nick Stafford Directed by Marianne Elliot and Tom Morris ★★★★★ Pros: A stunning play packed with emotion, talent and humanity. Cons: The ending moment perhaps lacked some of the emotion it had been built up to produce. Our Verdict: The play that theatre has been waiting for. Simply breathtaking. Credit: Brinkhoff/Mögenburg Michael Morpurgo wrote War Horse with the intention of telling the story of the First World War through the eyes of a horse, so that ...

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Inside Wagner’s Head, Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House – Review

Part of the Deloitte Ignite Festival 2013 Written and performed by Simon Callow Directed by Simon Stokes ★★★★ Pros: Witty, well-pitched and refreshing taste of classical music.  Cons: It’s difficult to find any. Price of tickets is a little high given the ethos of the festival.  Our Verdict: An eloquently written, superbly performed and directed potted history of Richard Wagner. Courtesy of Royal Opera House  Straight up, I am no great listener of classical music. I have been to the ...

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The Pride, Trafalgar Studios

by Alexi Kaye Campbell Directed by Jamie Lloyd ★★★ Pros: The acting is very strong, and there is a nice balance between drama and humour. Cons: With the exception of one scene, there is little action or movement on stage. Also, the set is not particularly inspiring. Our Verdict: This thought-provoking play accurately captures the past and the present, in terms of male sexual identity. The performances are honest, and there is great character development.   Courtesy of Ambassador Theatre ...

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The Same Deep Water As Me, Donmar Warehouse

Nick PayneDirected by John Crowley ★★★★ Pros: Great writing that will have you laughing all evening. Cons: The joke! I’m saying no more. The ending might not feel right to everyone. Our Verdict: Humour applied to an unsavoury element of current culture. Social commentary with a funny bone. Courtesy of Johan Perrson and Donmar Warehouse The Donmar Warehouse* is one of my favourite theatres and I’ve never seen a poor production there. With this in mind, I was excited to ...

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The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) (revised), Leicester Square Theatre

William Shakespeare Adapted by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield Directed by Matt Rippy ★★★★★ Pros: Great venue, enthusiastic performances, perfectly timed comedy. These renditions of the Bard’s work will appeal to keen Shakespeare fans and the not so keen alike. Cons: None except that the queue at the bar was a bit long at the interval, but when is it not?Our Verdict: A brilliantly timed, hilarious homage to Shakespeare’s work which appeals to audiences of all ages. Courtesy of Reduced Shakespeare ...

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The Ladykillers, Vaudeville Theatre

Adapted by Graham LinehamDirected by Sean Foley★★★★ Pros: The main cast are skilled in delivering slapstick comedy and have excellent comic timing. The set is also very impressive and innovative. Cons: Some people may be put off by the silly humour, which is reminiscent of The Pink Panther and Gambit. Our Verdict: Slightly chaotic but overall an enjoyable performance with some laugh out loud moments. Courtesy of Vaudeville Theatre Following a successful run at the Liverpool Playhouse in 2011 and ...

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