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Monday, June 26, 2017

SWEET BIRD OF YOUTH – Chichester by Ian Foster

There's something a little depressingly predictable about my inability to resist a neat bit of star casting - Marcia Gay Harden's long-in-the-making UK theatrical debut being the guilty part…

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TERROR – Lyric Hammersmith by Ian Foster

Booking an interactive show in which we the audience get to play the role of the jury? Using a gimmick to cover the business of reviewing the play....?

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THE QUENTIN DENTIN SHOW – Tristan Bates Theatre by Ian Foster

I was rather seduced by The Quentin Dentin Show's charms when I saw it last year - riding post-Edinburgh enthusiasm, this sci-fi musical slotted into the late-night berth at the Above the Ar…

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

NEWS: Jude Law is patron of Lewisham free ticket scheme, and other news by Ian Foster

A Theatre Trip for Every Child, Lewisham is a new giving scheme to provide a free theatre ticket for every 5-year-old in the Borough of Lewisham. ‘Every Child’ enables businesses and ind…

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Friday, June 23, 2017

GLORIA – Hampstead by Ian Foster

Truth be told I hadn't intended to see Gloria, my own little act of protest at the Hampstead's continuing gender imbalance - six shows straight on their main stage both written and directed …

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

NEWS: Simon Stephens’ Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle stars Anne-Marie Duff and Kenneth Cranham by Ian Foster

Elliott & Harper Productions have announced their first West End show in the form of Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle, a Simon Stephens play which will take up residency at the Wyn…

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

TRINITY – The Asylum Peckham by Ian Foster

Ovalhouse and BraveNewWorlds' Trinity describes itself as a design-led performance and it does feel more art installation than conventional theatre. And like much of modern art, it benefits …

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

NEWS: Camden music and poetry evening for Grenfell Tower by Ian Foster

Camden Stands with Grenfell Tower: An evening of music and poetry in aid of Grenfell Tower Fire Fund. Hosted by Ché Walker, Friday 23rd June sees a night of music and poetry in honour of t…

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NEWS: Benefit concert for Grenfell Tower fire victims announced by Ian Foster

Adding to the fundraising efforts already established, actor Giles Terera and producer Danielle Tarento have put together a theatrically inclined evening of song, dance and comedy in aid of …

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HAMLET – West End by Ian Foster

The scale of the intimate family drama that Robert Icke has fashioned from Shakespeare's ever-present tragedy amplifies effectively, and Andrew Scott's deeply conversational style still reso…

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

NEWS: Norris directs Lucy Kirkwood premier, The Good Soldier Schwejk newly adapted by Ian Foster

Christine Edzard will be writing and directing a new version of The Good Soldier Schwejk, based on the satirical Czech novel by Jaroslav Hašek, and creating a daring theatrical and filmic e…

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Friday, June 16, 2017

HOLY CRAP – King’s Head by Ian Foster

Even thinking about the plot gives me second-hand embarrassment. US evangelist Reverend Bobby Del La Ray launches GOD-TV, Britain's first pay-to-view religious channel, which soon flops but …

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DANNY AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA – Old Red Lion by Ian Foster

After a well-received run at Theatre N16 last year, Courtney Larkin's production of John Patrick Shanley's Danny and the Deep Blue Sea has popped up again at the Old Red Lion, an ideal home …

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Monday, June 12, 2017

KILLOLOGY – Royal Court by Ian Foster

Gary Owen's Killology is a challenging watch - both structurally in its non-linear format and emotionally in its subject matter. Killology is a new gaming experience in which you score more …

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DEPOSIT – Hampstead Theatre by Ian Foster

As canny a plan as it is, splitting rent and bills, its realities soon make themselves painfully apparent. They're basically all 30-somethings who are too old to be doing this, especially Me…

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PERSUASION – Manchester by Ian Foster

I've been looking forward to Jeff James' reinterpretation of Jane Austen's Persuasion ever since it was announced, James having worked with Ivo van Hove as an associate director and the evid…

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Sunday, June 11, 2017

NEWS: Bodies cast and Joan Vázquez lineup announced by Ian Foster

The cast of Vivenne Franzmann's Bodies has been announced and as it is being directed by the marvellous Jude Christian, it will definitely be one not to miss. The company includes Lorna Brow…

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Saturday, June 10, 2017

COVER MY TRACKS – Old Vic by Ian Foster

Former Noah and the Whale front-man and songwriter Charlie Fink is no stranger to the Old Vic, having composed the rather lovely score for The Lorax, but his return takes a rather unconventi…

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Friday, June 9, 2017

BARBER SHOP CHRONICLES – National Theatre by Ian Foster

The hugely convivial pre-show entertainment for Barber Shop Chronicles is such good fun that I thought to myself I could easily just watch this for an hour. As it turned out, press night del…

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

COMMON – National Theatre by Ian Foster

Over the past few years where he may or may not have been studying sculpture at Saint Martin's College, Northampton-born playwright DC Moore has been putting together a résumé of quietly i…

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

THE RESISTABLE RISE OF ARTURO UI – Donmar Warehouse by Ian Foster

There's something special in the timelessness of some pieces of theatre, their themes and arguments as relevant to audiences today as they were when they were written years, decades, even ce…

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

AN OCTOROON – Orange Tree by Ian Foster

You wouldn't have put money on Richmond's Orange Tree Theatre becoming the destination for some of London's more radical theatre leanings but with Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' An Octoroon, it has…

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ANNIE – West End by Ian Foster

With a singing style that is as strong as Theresa May's record on supporting the police and an accent that is as stable as the content of her manifesto, it's a bold move to make Miranda Hart…

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Sunday, June 4, 2017

NEWS: The Bunker hosts Bechdel Testing Life, the Donmar announces Becoming: Part One by Ian Foster

In Bechdel Testing Life, Bechdel Theatre presents four short plays by Isley Lynn, Rabiah Hussain, Guleraana Mir, and Lizzie Milton. Each play is inspired by a real-life conversation between …

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Friday, June 2, 2017

ORDINARY DAYS – London Theatre Workshop by Ian Foster

The four-hander is a deceptively simple show - a quartet of 20-something New Yorkers are spiritually lost, swept up in what should be the romance of the city but finding that adulting isn't …

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

THE GIRLS – West End by Ian Foster

So having not gotten round to seeing The Girls for whatever reason (mainly that I didn't want to), I finally bit the bullet last week and within 24 hours, the show posted closing notices for…

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

WHILE WE’RE HERE – Touring by Ian Foster

I'm not saying I want Barney Norris to write an all-out farce but it would be fun to see him stretch his considerable literary talent beyond these tales of gentle melancholy that he does so …

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SNAPSHOT – Hope Theatre by Ian Foster

Budding (and broke) photographer James and his relationship dramas lie at the heart of George Johnston's new play Snapshot. His barely-out banker boyfriend Daniel pays the lion's share of th…

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

NEWS: Theatre N16 announces new season by Ian Foster

In his first season as artistic director of Theatre N16, Scott Ellis presents a slew of new writing. Olympilads by Andrew Maddock, produced by Lonesome Schoolboy and directed by Niall Phill…

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Sunday, May 28, 2017

JULIUS CAESAR – Sheffield by Ian Foster

Robert Hastie's opening salvo as the new Artistic Director of Sheffield Theatres might not immediately quicken the pulse as we've hardly been lacking for productions of Julius Caesar. But it…

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An injury in On the Town by Ian Foster

Fred Haig must have thought that this was his year after landing starring roles in two of the big musicals of the summer but during Monday evening’s performance, he sustained an injury to …

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