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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

THE WILD PARTY – The Other Palace by Ian Foster

March's jazz-age tale of a tempestuous couple holding a gathering to end all gatherings allows for a real parade of vivid caricatures to come passing through in search of gin, blow, sex and …

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Summer Nights in Space, Prom Kween, This is Not Culturally Significant by Ian Foster

All John Spartan has ever wanted to do is go to outer space but like many a man with an obsession, this dedication has come at a cost to his friendships and marriage as he finds himself pack…

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THE WEDDING SINGER – Touring by Ian Foster

Opening at Leicester's Curve ahead of a 8 month long UK tour, you can see where Nick Winston's production has made its key decisions - Francis O’Connor's set has its eye on quick get-outs …

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Sunday, February 19, 2017

FLEW THE COOP – New Diorama by Ian Foster

Part of the New Diorama's Emerging Theatre Company Programme 2015, Lost Watch have spent the last four years building quite the reputation for themselves.

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Friday, February 17, 2017

EVERYBODY’S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE – Sheffield by Ian Foster

What a joy it is, a breath of feel-good fresh air that can't help but leave you feeling fabulous. With career advice flying by unheeded, all 16-year-old Jamie is really bothered about as his…

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

WE RAISE OUR HANDS IN THE SANCTUARY – Albany by Ian Foster

Set in 1981, two young black gay men discover the safe haven of the London gay club scene, but only find real sanctuary when they take advantage of the connections they're building to create…

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VAULT Festival: Astronauts of Hartlepool & Borderland/Calais by Ian Foster

Keeping on top of reviews is a challenge at the best of times, so throwing in a whole bunch of festival shows from the Vaults makes time management even more challenging. So I'm opting to ro…

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VAULT Festival: Happy & A Colder Water Than Here by Ian Foster

Keeping on top of reviews is a challenge at the best of times, so throwing in a whole bunch of festival shows from the Vaults makes time management even more challenging. So I'm opting to ro…

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LA RONDE – The Bunker by Ian Foster

Arthur Schnitzler's 1897 play of 10 interlinked intimate encounters has proven enduringly popular over the years - adapted for the gays, for fans of musicals, for Charlie Spencer's libido - …

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

DON QUIXOTE IN ALGIERS – White Bear Theatre by Ian Foster

Flickering between real life and fantasy, memory and myth, Franko Figueiredo's production is too often baffling as Álvaro Flores' Miguel bounces from repeated escape attempts to self-indulg…

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ANYONE CAN WHISTLE – Union Theatre by Ian Foster

"Laugh at the king or he'll make you cry"The ever-modest Sondheim considers Anyone Can Whistle 'a laudable attempt to present something off-centre in mainstream musical theatre', whilst tryi…

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CRIME AND PUNISHMENT – Brockley Jack by Ian Foster

God, Russia, booze, ghosts, vomit, legacies, tables, blood, metal, tears, redemption, hatred, cruelty, love, sex - the programme notes couldn't capture Dostoyevsky's novel Crime and Punishme…

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Monday, February 13, 2017

CRIME & PUNISHMENT – Brockley Jack Theatre by Ian Foster

God, Russia, booze, ghosts, vomit, legacies, tables, blood, metal, tears, redemption, hatred, cruelty, love, sex - the programme notes couldn't capture Dostoyevsky's novel Crime and Punishme…

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

THE BUILT IT. NO-ONE CAME. – Greenwich Theatre by Ian Foster

Inspired by a true story published in the New York Times, Fledgling Theatre Company's They Built It. No-One Came. was a hit at the Edinburgh Festival last summer and has now resurfaced for a…

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THE ROVER – Stratford-upon-Avon (RSC) by Ian Foster

I'll go anywhere for Alexandra Gilbreath and given that The Rover had the added bonus of Joseph Millson, the trip was a no-brainer.

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

WHAT’S IN A NAME – Birmingham by Ian Foster

Its rather lazy, and stereotypical, approach to laughing at the gays aside, there's a quite a lot to enjoy here in the Birmingham REP's production of the award-winning French play What's In …

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Monday, February 6, 2017

THE GLASS MENAGERIE – West End by Ian Foster

While John Tiffany’s gift for direction may be taking fantastical flight over at the Palace Theatre, rest assured it is no less magical here. Kate O’Flynn’s Laura first appears like a …

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Sunday, February 5, 2017

HEARING THINGS – Omnibus Clapham by Ian Foster

It can be easy to make grand, sweeping statements about the artistic vision of your theatre company but much more difficult to actually follow through. So it is impressive to see Playing ON,…

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Friday, February 3, 2017

DEATH TAKES A HOLIDAY – Charing Cross Theatre by Ian Foster

The ways in which the titles of shows are worked into the script are a source of endless amusement and new musical Death Takes A Holiday is no exception, pointing up as it does the ridiculou…

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

YEARS OF SUNLIGHT – Theatre503 by Ian Foster

This particular 'new town' was designed to rehouse the overspill population from the poorer parts of Liverpool but the forced creation of new communities is rarely so simple as that, and it …

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Did the Critics’ Circle Awards get it right? Ian Foster’s take by Ian Foster

Even without trying, I end up being contrary! The Critics' Circle Awards have announced their winners for 2016 and as I cast my eyes down the list, I was amused to see that their best new pl…

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

THE CONVERT – Gate Theatre by Ian Foster

Once again, Gurira turns her focus to the African continent, exploring the kind of history that I'm pretty sure is rarely featured in the majority of Western schoolrooms. The year is 1896 an…

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ESCAPED ALONE – Royal Court Theatre by Ian Foster

I ranked the play as the fourth best thing that I saw last year and though I don't always like to go back to things I enjoyed (in case it sullies the memory), I wanted to treat myself to thi…

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Monday, January 30, 2017

THE SUBTERRANEAN SEASON – Vault Festival by Ian Foster

PLAY - The Subterranean Season takes in plays 23-26 in their ever-growing programme of short plays, devised in just two weeks by a collaboration of writers, directors and actors up for the c…

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Sunday, January 29, 2017

A YEAR FROM NOW – Vault Festival by Ian Foster

If I had star ratings, RedBellyBlack would gain an extra one automatically for featuring the theme tune to 80s kids TV programme Round The Twist in their show A Year From Now. I would then p…

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DIRTY GREAT LOVE STORY – Arts Theatre by Ian Foster

With so much gloomy news dominating the headlines and cinemas filled largely with Oscar bait, two-hander Dirty Great Love Story arrives at the Arts Theatre to offer a well-timed and satisfyi…

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Saturday, January 28, 2017

Ian Foster’s thoughts on Hamilton casting by Ian Foster

I'm particularly excited for John's Angelica (she was most impressive in The Bodyguard recently) and Terera has long been a favourite around these parts so his Aaron Burr, sir, will undoubte…

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

GAZING AT A DISTANT STAR – Greenwich Theatre by Ian Foster

I do try and attend new writing nights here and there and I often ponder what, if anything, happens to the many works in progress that feature in their programmes. And in the case of Life Se…

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

THE TEMPEST – Southwark Playhouse by Ian Foster

The RSC may have Simon Russell Beale and cutting-edge digital technology but the Southwark Playhouse has real heart when it comes to The Tempest.

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Re-review: BU21 – Trafalgar Studios by Ian Foster

I enjoyed Stuart Slade's BU21 massively when it played the Theatre503 early last year but I hadn't intended to revisit the show - sometimes the memory of it is plenty sufficient.

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Monday, January 23, 2017

THE LOWER DEPTHS – Arcola Theatre by Ian Foster

The Arcola launch their Revolution Season, marking the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution and exploring its considerable impact, with a new production of Gorky's The Lower Depths pl…

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