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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

The 50 best theatre shows of the 21st century by Michael Billington, Alexis Soloski, Catherine Love, Mark Fisher and Chris Wiegand

A hip-hop history lesson, a dizzy Dahl musical and a continent-hopping barbershop … we pick the finest new works of theatre since 2000 Jez Butterworth: the sage behind our No1 Continue rea…

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Thursday, September 12, 2019

The Jumper Factory review – prison drama does justice to real inmates' stories by Catherine Love

Home, Manchester Created with prisoners at HMP Wandsworth and performed by a cast affected by the criminal justice system, Luke Barnes’ play reminds us that people are more than their crim…

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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

15 of the best Edinburgh festival shows now touring by Kate Wyver, Catherine Love, Anna Winter, Brian Logan, Mark Fisher and Chris Wiegand

The festival is over for another year but plenty of its theatre, comedy and dance hits have announced dates around the UK CollapsibleBreffni Holahan gives a searing performance as Essie in M…

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Jerry Springer the Opera review – chatshow from hell still shocks by Catherine Love

Hope Mill theatre, ManchesterThe TV host who provokes salacious slanging matches becomes newly pertinent in a revival of Stewart Lee and Richard Thomas’s show It’s interesting how the pa…

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Monday, August 12, 2019

Edinburgh festival 2019: the shows we recommend by Brian Logan, Alex Needham, Catherine Love, Michael Billington, Chris Wiegand, Mark Fisher, Anna Winter and Kate Wyver

Plan your schedule with our roundup of top shows, ordered by start time. This page will be updated daily throughout the festival BoutSummerhall, 10.20am, until 25 AugustAn exploration of bro…

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Saturday, August 10, 2019

Until the Flood review – fleshed-out fictions from a real-life killing by Catherine Love

Traverse theatre, EdinburghDael Orlandersmith transforms into her characters, dispassionately inhabiting their reactions to the shooting of black teen Michael Brown by a white policeman Dael…

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Friday, August 9, 2019

Daughterhood review – a subtle account of the ties that bind by Catherine Love

Roundabout, Summerhall, EdinburghCharley Miles’s multifaceted but tightly focused play is about the complex, envy-laced relationship between siblings The title of Charley Miles’s play is…

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Fox review – new mum's obsession with a stranger by Catherine Love

Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghA woman with postnatal depression fixates on a homeless man in this uncomfortable drama in which only one of the characters seems real Katie Guicciardi’s one-…

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Thursday, August 8, 2019

Life Is No Laughing Matter review – depressed? Eat some bananas by Catherine Love

Summerhall, EdinburghInspirational hashtags, cute dogs and marriage don’t cure depression, says Demi Nandhra in her gleefully silly yet deeply important take on mental health Every year no…

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Tuesday, August 6, 2019

All of Me review – a messy and beautiful look at depression by Catherine Love

Summerhall, EdinburghThough it is unashamedly bleak, there are fragments of brightness as Caroline Horton’s show recognises mental health as something that ebbs and flows Caroline Horton o…

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Daddy Drag/Pops review – dads and daughters are lost for words by Catherine Love

★★★☆☆/★★★★☆Summerhall, Edinburgh/Assembly Roxy, EdinburghIn two bold new shows, fathers and their children are caught in a damaging cycle of love and betrayal Our fathers…

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Monday, August 5, 2019

Beach Body Ready review – laughing and loving beyond body shame by Catherine Love

Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghIt’s not a new message but it’s made with charm and comedy in this three-hander about how women’s bodies are policed Remember that weight-loss product ad …

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The Incident Room review – Yorkshire Ripper retelling puts police in the spotlight by Catherine Love

Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghNew Diorama’s beautifully crafted play casts doubt on titillating tales of the notorious serial killer, but can’t escape the clutches of morbid fascination …

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Sunday, August 4, 2019

Like Animals review – sweet two-hander challenges limits of language by Catherine Love

Summerhall, EdinburghWith a flurry of feathers and splash of water, Kim Donohoe and Pete Lannon ask how much can ever know another creature At a moment when we urgently need to reassess our …

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Saturday, August 3, 2019

Art Heist review – clever and chaotic study of art's value by Catherine Love

Underbelly, EdinburghPoltergeist’s mischievous show asks how we determine the worth and meaning of artworks A plastic shoe, scuffed around the edges, sits atop a white plinth. A figure st…

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Friday, August 2, 2019

Eco-venues and no-flyer zones: Edinburgh fringe tackles the climate crisis by Catherine Love

Mass extinctions, carbon emissions and freak storms will feature at a festival where artists are finding new ways to raise the alarm ‘I no longer think of this as a technological problem. …

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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Swallows and Amazons review – swashbuckling nostalgia set to divine tunes by Catherine Love

York Theatre RoyalSongs and music by the Divine Comedy’s Neil Hannon sparkle in this vivid adaptation of Arthur Ransome’s classic that might please adults more than kids Summer holidays …

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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

There Is a Light That Never Goes Out review – luddite rebels' defiance still crackles by Catherine Love

Royal Exchange, ManchesterKandinsky reawaken Manchester’s radical past in an imaginatively staged drama that fuses history and myth Today, computers are taking our jobs. At the turn of the…

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Saturday, June 15, 2019

'There's a resonance with today – Peterloo is still with us' by Catherine Love

Composer Emily Howard, poet Michael Symmons Roberts and immersive theatre company ANU on MIF’s bicentennial Peterloo commemoration Look closely as you walk through the streets of Mancheste…

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Friday, June 14, 2019

Yellow Is the Colour of Sunshine review – bright young things by Catherine Love

Seven Arts, LeedsChildren’s theatre company Tutti Frutti use physical playfulness and ingenuity to tell a story about the importance of communication and friendships Friendship, as adults …

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Driving Miss Daisy review at York Theatre Royal – ‘a plodding revival’ by Catherine Love

On the surface, Driving Miss Daisy looks like a timely choice of revival. The play explores the relationship between an African American

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Monday, June 3, 2019

Black Teeth and a Brilliant Smile review – last orders for Andrea Dunbar by Catherine Love

Ambassador, Bradford At the pub, the night before her untimely death, the acclaimed playwright spars with her younger self in this tender adaptation of Adelle Stripe’s novel Andrea Dunbar…

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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Redcoats review – song-studded ode to the Butlin's empire by Catherine Love

Scarcroft Allotments, YorkThe DIY charm of Mikron Theatre and Nick Ahad’s new show is a good match for the resort’s brand of family fun The Redcoat, as one character in Nick Ahad’s new…

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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

All I See Is You review – smitten but bruised as love and law collide by Catherine Love

Hope Mill theatre, ManchesterSet in the 60s, the hidden histories of men up against repressive homosexuality laws have an intense emotional force in Kathrine Smith’s production When playw…

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Sunday, May 5, 2019

Transform festival review – theatre radicals take over the streets by Catherine Love

Various venues, LeedsWith interactive surveillance games, reconstructions of student protests and interventions in a shopping centre, the biennial festival reconfigured audiences’ relation…

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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

'There's work to do here!' The theatres putting audiences in charge by Catherine Love

Theatregoers in York and Manchester have been recruited to bring fresh ideas and talent to the cities’ stages in revolutionary programme initiatives ‘How do we bridge the gap between the…

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Thursday, March 28, 2019

West End Girls and W*nk Buddies: tales of high-rises and house parties by Catherine Love

Live theatre, Newcastle Social cohesion and toxic masculinity are big topics confronted with verve by new writers through Live’s showcase Elevator festival The topic of social housing seem…

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Monday, March 25, 2019

'England became smaller and bigger': what 'home' means in Brexit Britain by Catherine Love

Headlong theatre company’s latest production, Acts of Resistance, plugs into people power in four communities across the country In the days after the EU referendum, Headlong theatre compa…

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Standing at the Sky’s Edge review – Richard Hawley's ode to Sheffield estate by Catherine Love

Crucible, SheffieldThis across-the-decades Park Hill musical is cleverly staged, moving through idealism, dilapidation and gentrification Rising above Sheffield station, the buildings of the…

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Monday, March 11, 2019

Hamlet review – this fresh prince is fully and gloriously female by Catherine Love

Leeds PlayhouseAmy Leach’s thriller-like version of Shakespeare’s tragedy gives familiar lines a revelatory ring: there is zero suggestion that Tessa Parr is playing a male role It’s r…

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Friday, March 8, 2019

Kourtney Kardashian review – dive into fantasy as the world burns by Catherine Love

Home, ManchesterSleepwalk Collective’s dreamlike show riffs on nostalgia, technology, climate change and the glamour of opera From the title of Sleepwalk Collective’s new show, you might…

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