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Sunday, November 25, 2018

‘You’ve got the recipe for a great show’: ROCK OF AGES – Touring by Liz Dyer

Chris D’Arienzo’s 2005 jukebox musical Rock of Ages has a lot going for it: a soundtrack of epic 80s rock classics, a feel-good LA love story, and perhaps most importantly, an absolute r…

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Friday, November 23, 2018

‘We hope that the audience leaves with stimulated minds & a sense of unease’: Alexander Knott on Renaissance Men at the Old Red Lion by Liz Dyer

“On the face of it Renaissance Men is about three art school dropouts who discover a lost masterpiece in a charity shop in Streatham,” explains Bag of Beard co-director Alexander Knott.

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Monday, November 19, 2018

‘Never drags or fails to hold our attention’: CUCKOO – Soho Theatre by Liz Dyer

Exploring what it is to be young in Ireland today, Lisa Carroll’s debut play Cuckoo comes roaring to life at Soho Theatre, leading us without preamble into the world of best friends – an…

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Saturday, November 17, 2018

‘Drawing a careful distinction between heroism & honour’: BURY THE DEAD – Finborough Theatre by Liz Dyer

In Irwin Shaw’s Bury the Dead, written in 1935, six fallen American soldiers stand up in their graves and courteously ask not to be buried.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

‘Has lots to say & says it well’: THE FIRE RAISERS – Hen & Chickens Theatre by Liz Dyer

The Fire Raisers was written by Swiss playwright Max Frisch in 1948, reportedly as a response to the Communist takeover in Prague – though the play never specifically references that event.

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Monday, November 12, 2018

‘A brutal picture of what everyday life is like in solitary confinement’: GILDED BUTTERFLIES – Hope Theatre by Liz Dyer

Debates about the death penalty tend to focus, unsurprisingly, on the moral rights and wrongs of taking a life for a life. Less, perhaps, is known about the dehumanising conditions in which …

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Saturday, November 10, 2018

‘It’s about the feeling of not fitting in’: Ekata Theatre’s artistic director Erika Eva on new show Unbelonger by Liz Dyer

Ekata Theatre is an international theatre company based in London and Helsinki. Most recently seen in London with physical theatre piece On Mother’s Day, in November they’ll be back at t…

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Friday, November 9, 2018

‘Deserves to be seen by as many people as possible’: BILLY BISHOP GOES TO WAR – Jermyn Street Theatre by Liz Dyer

Marking the centenary of the Armistice that brought World War I to an end, Proud Haddock’s excellent revival of Billy Bishop Goes to War is a fitting tribute to all those who risked – an…

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

‘Powerful, polished & utterly absorbing’: SWEET LIKE CHOCOLATE BOY – Brockley Jack Theatre by Liz Dyer

Powerful, polished and utterly absorbing, Tristan Fynn-Aiduenu’s Sweet Like Chocolate Boy explores the changing face of Black British identity and protest over the last three decades, …

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Friday, November 2, 2018

‘Joyously chaotic homage’: THE FULL BRONTE – The Space by Liz Dyer

Scary Little Girls’ two-hander “literary cabaret” The Full Brontë is a joyously chaotic homage to the famous writing family, which features song, dance, storytelling, Kate Bush, Black…

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Thursday, November 1, 2018

‘In the company of a polished & talented cast’: BABY – Drayton Arms Theatre by Liz Dyer

An enjoyable romantic comedy, Baby makes for an entertaining evening, in the company of a polished and talented cast.

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

‘Very funny & brilliantly acted hour of theatre’: PICKLE JAR – Soho Theatre by Liz Dyer

In Maddie Rice’s one-woman play Pickle Jar, Miss is a young English teacher struggling to find her footing both in and out of the classroom

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Monday, October 29, 2018

’Intriguing mix of poignant & bizarre’: ADVENTURES IN BLACK & WHITE – Camden People’s Theatre by Liz Dyer

Miriam Gould and Judita Vivas, also known as Double Trouble, tackle the theme of displacement as the creators and performers of Adventures in Black & White.

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Sunday, October 28, 2018

‘Feels fresh & unique’: TESTAMENT – Hope Theatre by Liz Dyer

Following a warm reception in Edinburgh, Chalk Line Theatres brings their show Testament to The Hope Theatre for a limited run, and one thing is instantly clear: this is not a company who be…

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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

‘Certainly worth travelling some distance to experience’: THE DISTANCE YOU HAVE COME – Cockpit Theatre by Liz Dyer

Not quite a musical, but somewhat more than a concert, song cycle The Distance You Have Come brings together some of the greatest hits from Scott Alan’s star-spangled songwriting career, p…

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Monday, October 22, 2018

‘A moving & intriguing exploration of the true meaning of home’: JERICHO’S ROSE – Hope Theatre by Liz Dyer

Written by Lilac Yosiphon, who also directs along with Mike Cole and Annie-Lunnette Deakin-Foster, Jericho’s Rose is a moving and intriguing exploration of the true meaning of “home”, …

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

‘Silly, slightly nonsensical & very, very funny’: MURDER SHE DIDN’T WRITE – Leicester Square Theatre by Liz Dyer

Murder, She Didn’t Write from Bristol-based improv company Degrees of Error is, by its very nature, different every time. It’s also extremely silly, slightly nonsensical and very, very f…

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

‘Jaw-droppingly beautiful in almost every way imaginable’: THE WIDER EARTH – Natural History Museum by Liz Dyer

Natural history comes alive in spectacular fashion in The Wider Earth – and appropriately enough, it does so in a custom-built theatre at London’s Natural History Museum.

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Sunday, October 14, 2018

‘Certainly has the right feel-good factor’: DIRTY DANCING – Touring by Liz Dyer

For fans who want to see the beloved film Dirty Dancing re-created faithfully on the stage, this is certainly the right performance to come and watch.

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

‘Feels particularly resonant today’: JEKYLL & HYDE – Chickenshed Theatre by Liz Dyer

With this production of Jekyll & Hyde, Chickenshed proves once again that it knows how to entertain audiences with a good story. But the show also asks us to consider some pertinent and…

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Monday, October 8, 2018

‘One big, self-congratulatory dig at the Remain camp’: PEOPLE LIKE US – Union Theatre by Liz Dyer

The cast of five does a decent enough job with the material in People Like Us, but there’s no hiding the fact that this is essentially one big, self-congratulatory dig at the Remain camp a…

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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Theatre thoughts: Eight ways we can all #BeMoreMatilda by Liz Dyer

There’s a lot we can learn from her – so to celebrate the show’s (almost) eighth birthday, here are eight ways we can all #BeMoreMatilda…

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Monday, October 1, 2018

‘Brims over throughout with passion, intensity & obvious talent’: LA TRAGÉDIE DE CARMEN – Touring by Liz Dyer

In La Tragédie de Carmen, Peter Brook, in collaboration with composer Marius Constant and writer Jean-Claude Carrière, condenses Bizet’s four-act original – and all its greatest hits …

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Monday, September 24, 2018

‘A sensitive portrayal of devastating real events’: LIFEBOAT – Brockley Jack Theatre by Liz Dyer

A sensitive portrayal of devastating real events, Lifeboat is undoubtedly another triumph for the Brockley Jack team. Go and see it while you can.

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‘Beautifully performed with energy & unflinching conviction’: HEAR ME HOWL – Old Red Lion Theatre by Liz Dyer

There’s plenty of humour in the one-woman show Hear Me Howl which is beautifully performed at the Old Red Lion Theatre with energy and unflinching conviction by Alice Pitt-Carter.

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Saturday, September 22, 2018

‘A captivating world of magic and mystery’: ARABIAN NIGHTS – Hoxton Hall by Liz Dyer

Arabian Nights is highly recommended for an evening of high-quality escapism and entertainment, presented by a talented and incredibly hard-working cast – with a little help from some seri…

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Monday, September 17, 2018

‘Powerful new adaptation’: BLOOD WEDDING – Omnibus Theatre by Liz Dyer

Federico García Lorca’s rural tragedy Blood Wedding gets a distinctly urban makeover in George Richmond-Scott’s powerful new adaptation.

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Friday, September 14, 2018

‘We feel the fear, pain & grief’: AND THEN THEY CAME FOR ME – The Hope Theatre by Liz Dyer

And Then They Came for Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank doesn’t allow us to shrug it off so easily, though – in no small part because the production was personally requested by Ho…

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

‘A powerful playwriting debut’: THAT GIRL – Old Red Lion Theatre by Liz Dyer

Written by and starring Hatty Jones, That Girl is the story of a young woman who still hasn’t quite figured out who she is or where her life is going.

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Saturday, September 8, 2018

‘The production’s biggest success is its excellent cast’: HAMILTON (LEWIS) – King’s Head Theatre by Liz Dyer

Hamilton (Lewis) by Fiona English and David Eaton, freshly returned from Edinburgh to the King’s Head, tells the somewhat less epic story of – you guessed it, British Formula 1 star Lewi…

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Friday, September 7, 2018

‘Hard to fault the show in terms of performance’: SUMMER HOLIDAY: THE MUSICAL – Touring by Liz Dyer

Long before the Inbetweeners movie was even thought of, there was Summer Holiday, the classic 1963 film in which Cliff Richard and The Shadows enjoyed a far more innocent – but apparently …

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