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Bury the Dead, Finborough Theatre – Review

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Pros: Irvin Shaw’s 1936 expressionist play about the futility of war is brilliantly brought to life by director Rafaella Marcus. Cons: This excellent staging does its best with a slightly uneven work, though the last third feels very much of its time. There’s always a lovely sense of expectation, going up the stairs to the Finborough Theatre. While the pub has recently been modernised and lost its old school atmosphere, the theatre remains unchanged and is as evocative as ever. ...

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WIN A PAIR OF TICKETS TO SEE THE HILARIOUS THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG!

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Everything Theatre competitions are like buses, sometimes one is queued up behind the last one.  So, hot on the exhaust fumes of our fantastic Chicago competition, we’re now equally as excited to offer you a chance to win a pair of tickets to The Play That Goes Wrong.  Can you believe it’s been around for four years now? So if it’s been on your “must see” list, now is your chance to finally see what all the excitement is about. ...

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Mirabel, Ovalhouse – Review

Mirabel Production Photos

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Pros: Mirabel is a highly original and emotionally affecting tale of loss and learning. Cons: The abstract narrative can be challenging and sometimes hard to follow. The end of the world has rarely been a cheerful affair. In films, television, novels, and of course, the Bible, the apocalyptic event has usually been described in terms of fiery chaos, fractured earth, and the horror of mass death. We are not short of inspiration for such imaginings, whether looking to the past, ...

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LOVE, Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch – Review

The dress rehearsal of "Love" directed and written by Alexander Zeldin at the Dorfman Theatre at the National Theatre. NO EMBARGO

Pros: A gripping story, outstanding performances by an impressive cast, and a burning social issue that should be a priority in every politician’s agenda. Cons: none A woman dressed in a thawb (Mimi Malaz Bashir) puts the kettle on in a half-lit dining room. The boiling sound is soothing, and reminds us of the routine that many people follow at home every morning. The difference here is that this woman – her name is Tharwa – can hardly call this place a home: ...

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Billy Bishop Goes to War, Jermyn Street Theatre – Review

Billy Bishop Goes to War - John Gray and Eric Peterson - Jermyn Street Theatre - 31 October 2018Director - Jimmy WaltersDesigner - Daisy BlowerLighting Designer - Arnim FriessSound Designer - Dina MullenBilly Bishop - Charles AitkenOlder Billy Bis

Pros: An engrossing war story brilliantly told by a two man cast. Cons: A disappointingly camp cabaret section at the start of Act II looks out of place and disturbs the story’s tone. There are subtle reminders that November has arrived: the clocks go back, street lights flicker into life earlier and Christmas adverts creep onto TV screens. Another permanent reminder is Remembrance Sunday. Billy Bishop Goes To War gives a very personal account of the titular character, told by his ...

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ear for eye, Royal Court Theatre – Review

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Writer/ Director

Merle Hensel
Designer

Paule Constable
Lighting Designer

Christopher Shutt
Sound Designer

Vicki Manderson
Movement Director

Deepa Shastri
Deaf Consultant


Jamal Ajala
Tosin Cole
Seroca Davis
George Eggay
Demetri Goritsas
Michelle Greenidge
Eric Kofi Abrefa
Lashana Lynch
Hayden McLean
Kayla Meikle
Shaniqua Okwok
Nicholas Pinnock
Sarah Quist
Anita Reynolds
Faz Singhateh
Angela Wynter

Pros: Excellent performances from all concerned. Cons: The fragmented style of the dialogue.  Ominous music pervades the auditorium as you enter, and the stage is filled by an opaque screen which resembles a giant TV. Shadowy figures walk up to the screen and look out at the audience before disappearing into the murky background. The piece is just over two hours, without interval, consisting of three distinct parts. Part one is a series of vignettes where most of the 16 strong ...

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Fans, Canada Water Theatre – Review

Pros: Theatre and live music gig for the price of one! Cons: The show is on tour with only short stops, so you’ll have to be quick off the mark to see it! Nina Berry’s show Fans is described as a performance for anyone who has ever loved music – i.e., everyone. Indeed, it is hard to think of anyone who wouldn’t be charmed by the humour, energy and sheer joyfulness of Fans. It’s a beautiful production peppered with excellent musical hits, ...

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