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Friday, December 1, 2017

La Soiree review at Aldwych Theatre, London – ‘some shining moments’ by Anna Winter

La Soiree is an Australian-born variety show with a distinguished provenance. It premiered in London in 2010, having evolved from co-creator Brett

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Cinderella review at Greenwich Theatre, London – ‘a talented cast’ by Anna Winter

Greenwich Theatre’s Cinderella is a slick and spirited show with local appeal. The heroine, played with winning directness by Louise Young, lives with

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Monday, November 27, 2017

Treasure Island review at New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme – ‘a damp squib’ by Anna Winter

Theresa Heskins’ Treasure Island is a misguided festive show that’s ended up on the rocks. It’s an odd choice of Christmas fare,

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Roller review at the Barbican, London – ‘dynamic show about female power’ by Anna Winter

Roller is a fervent, funny and touching show about female aggression. While asking questions about revolution and progress, it contrasts the pugnacity

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Friday, November 24, 2017

Sylvia review at Royal Opera House, London – ‘an unabashed joy’ by Anna Winter

November is dark and dank; the world is in a state of perpetual crisis. So to watch the Royal Ballet in Sylvia

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Monday, November 20, 2017

Tidy Up review at Canada Water Culture Centre, London – ‘charm and invention’ by Anna Winter

Charming children’s dance-theatre show Tidy Up takes aim at anal retentive orderliness with brightly-coloured balloons, confetti and cushions. But it doesn’t simply

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Pavement review at Sadler’s Wells, London – ‘anger and intelligence’ by Anna Winter

Kyle Abraham’s Pavement is a cri de coeur for black America. Political, painful and cerebral, it’s written in a far-reaching physical language

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Friday, November 17, 2017

Inside Pussy Riot review at Saatchi Gallery, London – ‘contrived and compromised’ by Anna Winter

It’s important to tell the story of Pussy Riot. It’s entirely laudable to give privileged Western audiences some idea of the systemic

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Review: The Illustrated ‘Farewell’ / The Wind / Untouchable at the ROH by Anna Winter

A finely-tuned marriage of musical understanding and feeling: Anna Winter reviews a triple bill of works performed by the Royal Ballet. The post Review: The Illustrated ‘Farewell’…

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

The Dark Room review at Theatre503, London – ‘intense Australian drama’ by Anna Winter

In 2016, an Australian TV documentary revealed shocking levels of mistreatment meted out to inmates – mainly aboriginal youths – in juvenile

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

The Butch Monologues review at Theatre Royal Stratford East, London – ‘funny and frank’ by Anna Winter

Dapper style, disillusion, desire, a dildo in the filing cabinet – The Butch Monologues explores different aspects of queer experience and gender

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Notorious review at the Barbican Pit, London – ‘masturbation, mastication and micturition’ by Anna Winter

The Famous Lauren Barri Holstein – performance artist, dancer and academic – has much to say about representations of femaleness and self-determination

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Monday, November 6, 2017

Birmingham Royal Ballet review at Sadler’s Wells, London – ‘high technical standards’ by Anna Winter

Though technical standards are high, Birmingham Royal Ballet’s latest triple bill fails to set Sadler’s Wells ablaze. In Arcadia, the first main

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Muvvahood review at Park Theatre, London – ‘humour and heart’ by Anna Winter

Libby Liburd is a single parent. Like 91% of single parents – who head up one in four UK households – she’s

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Friday, November 3, 2017

Ugly Chief review at Battersea Arts Centre, London – ‘funny and fascinating’ by Anna Winter

Victoria Melody’s father is the TV antiques dealer Mike Melody, ousted from ITV for the grave misdemeanour of “yawning at David Dickinson

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Friday, October 27, 2017

Sea of Troubles review at Clore Studio, London – ‘dramatic prowess’ by Anna Winter

Yorke Dance Project perform Kenneth MacMillan’s only barefoot ballet with a remarkable sense of enigmatic drama and technical assurance. A chamber piece for

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

The Judas Tree/Song of the Earth review at Royal Opera House, London – ‘superb’ by Anna Winter

Kenneth MacMillan’s final work The Judas Tree is an emotionally eviscerating ordeal of a one-act ballet. Performed by the Royal Ballet as

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Review: Kenneth MacMillan: A National Celebration at the Royal Opera House by Anna Winter

Jazzy trots, pom-pom berets and balletic vaudeville swagger: Anna Winter reviews Concerto / Le Baiser de la fee / Elite Syncopations. The post Review: Kenneth MacMillan: A National Celebrat…

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Friday, October 20, 2017

Review: Bayadere – The Ninth Life at Sadler’s Wells by Anna Winter

Plenty to unpick: Anna Winter reviews Shobana Jeyasingh’s take on Marius Petipa’s La Bayadere. The post Review: Bayadere – The Ninth Life at Sadler’s Wells appeared first on Exe…

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Monday, October 16, 2017

The Secret Keeper review at Ovalhouse – ‘amusing and inventive’ by Anna Winter

The best fairytales filter dark material through the realm of fantasy. Angela Clerkin’s firmly tongue-in-cheek fairytale for grown ups The Secret Keeper

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Dirty Laundry review at Spode Works, Stoke-on-Trent – ‘brilliantly acted’ by Anna Winter

Stoke-on-Trent in the early 1950s: the pot banks threw out smoke and the horizon, if you could see it, was lined with

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

In Event of Moone Disaster review at Theatre503, London – ‘wonderfully acted’ by Anna Winter

In Event of Moone Disaster, the 2016 winner of the Theatre503 Playwriting Award, heralds a triumphant launch to the career of its

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Monday, October 9, 2017

Kings review at New Diorama, London – ‘riveting and compassionate’ by Anna Winter

Precarity, pride and power underpin Oli Forsyth’s riveting Kings. It’s both a compassionate political indictment of the contemporary rise in homelessness and

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Review: Autobiography at Sadler’s Wells by Anna Winter

Data-inspired dance: Anna Winter reviews the latest work from Company Wayne McGregor, inspired by mapping the human genome. The post Review: Autobiography at Sadler’s Wells appeared fi…

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Friday, October 6, 2017

Medea (Written in Rage) review at the Place, London – ‘verbal slip-ups undermine a compelling performance’ by Anna Winter

A rasping, strident horn heralds the arrival of Medea. A draped and veiled figure, she emerges from an upstage hinterland of shadows

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Tango Moderno review at Churchill Theatre, Bromley – ‘dismal and reductive’ by Anna Winter

The latest star vehicle for Strictly faves Flavia Cacace and Vincent Simone inadvertently offers a deeply dismal and reductive take on modern

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Monday, October 2, 2017

Celebrating Kenneth MacMillan’s legacy: ‘He was brave – when you’re brave you get criticised’ by Anna Winter

To mark 25 years since the death of the ballet maverick, five companies from around the UK will join the Royal Ballet

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Hijabi Monologues review at Bush Theatre, London – ‘funny, frank and moving’ by Anna Winter

Hijabi Monologues isn’t about oppression or radicalism or what it means in religious terms to wear the headscarf. These things are touched

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Friday, September 29, 2017

The Hartlepool Monkey review at Stratford Circus Arts Centre, London – ‘exquisite puppeteering married to distressing subject matter’ by Anna Winter

Gyre and Gimble’s retelling of the Hartlepool Monkey legend is highly skilful, slick and unsettling. It’s a strangely pitched production. Marketed as

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Our Great Tchaikovsky review at the Other Palace, London – ‘poignant and vivid’ by Anna Winter

Actor, pianist and writer Hershey Felder specialises in stage portrayals of Western music’s big figures. With the likes of Gershwin, Chopin and

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Lucy Light review at Theatre N16, London – ‘moving exploration of friendship and femininity’ by Anna Winter

Lucy Light is a tender and funny two-hander about female friendship and the threat of cancer that is by turns sensitive and

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