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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

The Strange Case of Jekyll and Hyde review of Jack Studio Theatre, London – ‘an overwrought update’ by Julia Rank

Having previously presented adaptations of Frankenstein and Dracula, writer and director Ross McGregor turns his attention to Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange

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Friday, September 6, 2019

R’Otello: The Rugby Opera review at Bridewell Theatre – ‘muddled operatic mash-up’ by Julia Rank

Opera and sport both involve feats of technical prowess, dramatic climaxes and intense fervour among their fans. R’Otello, presented by London-based Samoan

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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Skin in the Game review at Old Red Lion, London – ‘unflinchingly bleak’ by Julia Rank

Three estranged siblings are forced to come together to sell their father’s flat for his care home bills. As well as the

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Macbeth review at Temple Church, London – ‘elegant and controlled’ by Julia Rank

While the medieval Temple Church is associated with Magna Carta and filled with effigies of Knights Templar, it is the domestic elements

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Monday, August 12, 2019

Showtune review at Union Theatre, London – ‘Fitfully fun but flimsy tribute to Jerry Herman’ by Julia Rank

Showtune, also the title of Jerry Herman’s autobiography, is a revue that provides exactly what it says on the tin in terms

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Thursday, August 8, 2019

Evita Review at Open Air Theatre, London – ‘Eva Peron for the social media age’ by Julia Rank

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s and Tim Rice’s bold, brash 1978 ‘rock opera’ Evita is the ultimate star-making vehicle. The triple-threat performer playing Eva

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Friday, August 2, 2019

Shackleton’s Carpenter review at Jermyn Street Theatre, London – ‘soporific voyage’ by Julia Rank

Gail Louw’s play takes the form of a one-sided conversation with a ghost. Harry McNish was the carpenter on board the Endurance

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Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Noises Off review at Lyric Hammersmith – ‘generous-hearted revival of Michael Frayn’s classic farce’ by Julia Rank

When the lights blew during Jeremy Herrin’s production of Noises Off, it wasn’t yet another misstep in farce-within-a-farce Nothing On – rather

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Hamlet review at St Paul’s Church, London – ‘conceptual excess’ by Julia Rank

To celebrate a decade of presenting Shakespeare at St Paul’s Church in Covent Garden, Daniel Winder’s Iris Theatre is staging Hamlet. The

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Friday, June 21, 2019

After Dark; Or, a Drama of London Life review at Finborough, London – ‘curious slice of Victoriana’ by Julia Rank

‘Melodrama’ has become synonymous with far-fetched coincidences and indulgent emotions. Phil Willmott’s entertaining production of Dion Boucicault’s 1868 play After Dark; Or,

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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Napoli, Brooklyn review at Park Theatre, London – ‘warm performances’ by Julia Rank

Inspired by her mother’s experiences growing up in a large Italian-American family, Meghan Kennedy’s play Napoli, Brooklyn (set in 1960 and performed

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Monday, June 3, 2019

The Importance of Being Earnest review at Watermill Theatre, Newbury – ‘a summer treat’ by Julia Rank

Kate Budgen’s production of Oscar Wilde’s evergreen comedy The Importance of Being Earnest is one of warmth and laughter – a chance

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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Henry V review at Barn Theatre, Cirencester – ‘fresh, intelligent, high-energy production’ by Julia Rank

Hal Chambers’ fresh, contemporary and pacy staging of Shakespeare’s play of pageantry and patriotism takes a hard look at the ugliness of

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Thursday, May 9, 2019

The Reality review at Cervantes Theatre, London – ‘an impressive performance’ by Julia Rank

In The Reality, a one-woman, two-character play by Uruguayan playwright Denise Despeyroux, Maite Jáuregui plays identical twin sisters. One appears live on

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Monday, April 29, 2019

Jane Clegg review at Finborough Theatre, London – ‘a sensitive production’ by Julia Rank

Written at the height of the suffrage movement in 1913, St John Ervine’s Jane Clegg contains echoes of Ibsen’s A Doll’s House.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Queen of the Mist review at Jack Studio Theatre, London – ‘hauntingly beautiful’ by Julia Rank

In 1901, when Anna Edson Taylor, a widowed 60-something teacher on the brink of destitution, became the first person to go over

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Monday, April 15, 2019

The Marvelous Wonderettes review at Upstairs at the Gatehouse, London – ‘performed with heart and warmth’ by Julia Rank

Few shows can be more highly gendered than The Marvelous Wonderettes, The design, by Emily Bestow, is ultra-feminine: the four young female

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Monday, April 1, 2019

Maggie May review at Finborough Theatre, London – ‘a committed revival of Lionel Bart’s gloomy musical’ by Julia Rank

Inspired by an 18th-century ballad, the titular Maggie May in Lionel Bart’s 1964 Liverpool-set musical is the archetypal dockside ‘brass’ with a

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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Othello review at Union Theatre, London – ‘elegant, accomplished and beautifully designed’ by Julia Rank

Phil Willmott’s elegant production relocates Shakespeare’s play to the Edwardian British Raj and makes Othello a conflicted collaborator in the British army.

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Goodbye Norma Jeane review at Above the Stag, London – ‘enjoyable, but slight’ by Julia Rank

Jack Cole might not be the best remembered choreographer from Hollywood’s golden age, but he was an innovator in his day. He

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Monday, March 11, 2019

Strike Up the Band review at Upstairs at the Gatehouse, London – ‘a spirited, witty revival’ by Julia Rank

In terms of its subject matter, George and Ira Gershwin’s musical satire Strike Up the Band is as cheesy as it gets.

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Friday, December 7, 2018

Return to Elm House review at Battersea Arts Centre, London – ‘Delightful introduction to the magic of archives’ by Julia Rank

In the mid-nineteenth century, the site occupied by Battersea Arts Centre was the home of Wandsworth and national heroine Jane ‘Jeanie’ Nassau

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Jeannie review at Finborough Theatre, London – ‘a whimsical revival’ by Julia Rank

Aimee Stuart was one of many critically and commercially successful female interwar playwrights who have since been forgotten. Her 1940 romantic comedy

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Friday, November 30, 2018

Little Women review at the Space, London – ‘a highly likeable update’ by Julia Rank

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without an adaptation of a much-loved literary classic or two. Private Eye journalist Rachael Claye’s adaptation of Louisa

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Rep reborn: How the revived repertory model is lighting up Leatherhead by Julia Rank

With Sybil Thorndike as its patron, Leatherhead was once home to a thriving repertory theatre, but has since struggled to rebuild its identity.

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Friday, November 2, 2018

Bury the Dead review at Finborough Theatre, London – ‘quietly moving’ by Julia Rank

The centenary of the end of the First World War offers the ideal opportunity to look at this period of history from

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Monday, October 22, 2018

Frankenstein review at Sutton House, London – ‘an inventive adaptation’ by Julia Rank

  Writer/director Katharine Armitage’s adaptation of Frankenstein – a site-specific promenade but not all that immersive production in spite of being billed

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Monday, October 15, 2018

The Paradise Circus review at Playground Theatre, London – ‘an American magic realist rarity’ by Julia Rank

James Purdy isn’t amongst the better-known figures of 20th-century American literature but his work was highly esteemed by Dorothy Parker, Tennessee Williams,

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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Mrs Dalloway review at Arcola Theatre, London – ‘an arresting adaptation’ by Julia Rank

In Hal Coase’s adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s 1925 novel, post-First World War London is full of noises and voices, as evoked by

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Monday, September 17, 2018

Flowers for Mrs Harris review at Chichester Festival Theatre – ‘rosy revival of musical with a poignant charm’ by Julia Rank

“I come from the people, they need to adore me / So Christian Dior me” demands Eva Peron as her publicity team

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

A Winning Hazard review at Finborough Theatre, London – ‘oodles of energy’ by Julia Rank

The Victorians aren’t usually renowned for brevity. These three comediettas (A Winning Hazard, Allow Me to Apologise and Orange Blossoms) by J.P.

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