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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

‘For anyone who was a fan of Ken Campbell’s work, this is must-see’: PIGSPURT’S DAUGHTER – Touring by Laura Kressly

Pigspurt’s Daughter is a kaleidoscopic, one-woman show in which Daisy Campbell takes the audience on a journey through the life of her father, the theatre legend Ken Campbell.

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Saturday, July 14, 2018

‘The individual plays pack punch’: METAMORPHOSES 2 – Waterloo East Theatre by Laura Kressly

In Metamorphoses 2 five different myths are updated by five different playwrights to comment on a range of current topics, from #MeToo to the refugee crisis.

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

‘It’s not okay because he loved her’: IT HAPPENED IN KEY WEST – Charing Cross Theatre by Laura Kressly

The creators of It Happened in Key West musicalise, romanticise and excuse the central character’s behaviour with the sentiment, ‘it’s ok because he was in love with her’.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

‘Needs to embrace the cheesiness’: KNIGHTS OF THE ROSE – Arts Theatre by Laura Kressly

While Knights of the Rose show is definitely entertaining and boasts a fantastic cast and band, it needs to take a breath and lighten up so as to embrace the cheesiness that it so obviously …

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

‘Mesmerising hour of movement, theatre & circus’: PEEPSHOW – Underbelly Festival by Laura Kressly

Overall Peepshow is a thoroughly entertaining, often spectacular piece, just subversive enough and featuring a truly impressive cast of performers, who just leave you just enough time at the…

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‘It soars as a fantastic ensemble piece’: FLESH & BONE – Soho Theatre by Laura Kressly

Flesh & Bone is a delight to behold the entire way through with each scene a snapshot of the daily life of a community that deserves more credit than it gets. It soars as a fantastic en…

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Thursday, July 5, 2018

‘A bold & exciting interpretation’: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM – Wilton’s Music Hall by Laura Kressly

Wilton’s Music hall is dressed beautifully by Eleanor Field with a minimalist, grey tone design and little set. This is The Faction’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, featuring an ensemble o…

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Monday, July 2, 2018

‘A play for both your brain & your pulse’: ONE FOR SORROW – Royal Court Theatre by Laura Kressly

One For Sorrow may run out of steam a bit in its second act, but One For Sorrow remains a play for both your brain and your pulse. Explosive.

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Saturday, June 30, 2018

‘Doesn’t disappoint’: THE TEMPEST – St Paul’s Church by Laura Kressly

There is something magical about watching this open-air production of The Tempest in the gardens at the Actors’ Church.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

‘You can’t help but leave the theatre feeling great’: LEGALLY BLONDE – Touring by Laura Kressly

Although Legally Blonde has its hiccups, overall it is still a load of fun. With the huge production budget you can’t help but leave the theatre feeling great and covered in confetti.

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Monday, June 25, 2018

‘An important contribution to the #MeToo climate’: FINISHING THE PICTURE – Finborough Theatre by Laura Kressly

An insight into the stark realities of the film industry, the Finborough Theatre’s production of Finishing the Picture is a perfect mix of grit and comedy.

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Friday, June 22, 2018

‘Remains a ripping yarn & a jolly entertaining night’: THE UNEXPECTED GUEST – Sonning by Laura Kressly

If you fancy an evening of cutting-edge, experimental, hard-hitting theatre, you might want to look elsewhere. But if you want to see a British institution, directed by a British institution…

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

‘Good fun show’: ELIXIR – Underbelly Festival by Laura Kressly

Playing to a much more intimate audience in the Underbelly’s Spiegeltent this year, Australian company Head First Acrobats carefully adapts its relationship with the audience which is brou…

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

‘Will have you leaving the theatre feeling all warm & fuzzy’: BINGO – Pleasance Theatre by Laura Kressly

A clearly talented playwright and actor, Alan Flanagan creates a world that is not only drenched in reality but gives you a sensation of hope that will have you leaving the theatre all warm …

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Monday, June 18, 2018

‘Tension & conflict are lost within a tenuous narrative’: THE UNBUILT CITY – King’s Head Theatre by Laura Kressly

There are definitely some nice ideas at work here, but the dramaturgical execution is pretty poor. Unbelievable dialogue and tenuous narrative events are too big to be held up by the story a…

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Friday, June 15, 2018

‘It’s thought-provoking, comforting stuff’: THE END OF HISTORY – St Giles-in-the-Fields by Laura Kressly

The stories that unfold take the audience on an invested, emotional journey of struggling lives in a changing London, and bring people together in a moment of stillness in a world that inevi…

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

‘A show that entertains, educates & awakens’: SANCHO – Wilton’s Music Hall by Laura Kressly

With Paterson Joseph’s charisma generally covering any textual issues, this is a show that entertains, educates and awakens. Regularly touring since its premiere, it deserves to run and ru…

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Monday, June 11, 2018

‘An evening I would recommend to everyone’: CAFE SOCIETY SWING – Theatre Royal Stratford East by Laura Kressly

It really is an evening of entertainment celebrating not only this form of music but how far we have come as the human race. Cafe Society Swing is supported by a fantastic musical score and …

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Sunday, June 10, 2018

‘Could have been written 30 days ago’: LEAVE TAKING – Bush Theatre by Laura Kressly

Leave Taking is a stunning production and one I think our political leaders would highly benefit from seeing.

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Saturday, June 9, 2018

‘Still painfully relevant’: TRANSLATIONS – National Theatre by Laura Kressly

Brian Friel’s searing attack on British imperialism and entitlement is still painfully relevant, nearly 40 years after it was and nearly 200 years after the events depicted in the story.

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Friday, June 8, 2018

‘Right on target’: OFFSIDE – Touring by Laura Kressly

Weaving together three centuries and four women’s stories, Offside tackles the ongoing search for equality in women’s football with high energy and verve.

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Thursday, June 7, 2018

‘Wildly entertaining’: THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE – Drayton Arms Theatre by Laura Kressly

It is rare that a large-scale musical can be performed to its full potential in a tiny, unventilated room above a pub, but MKEC’s latest production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spellin…

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

‘Excellent writing & grounded performances’: LEFT MY DESK – New Diorama Theatre by Laura Kressly

Excellent writing and grounded performances give this necessary piece a vibrancy that elevates and exposes the chaos resulting from Tory disdain for anyone but the rich and powerful.

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

‘Definitely a play worth seeing’: BLUEBERRY TOAST – Soho Theatre by Laura Kressly

Mary Laws’ Blueberry Toast is definitely a play worth seeing. It says a lot about contemporary American society in the age of Trump. The last image alone, of a smiling teenage boy sitting …

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Sunday, June 3, 2018

‘A clear & engaging revival’: THE DAUGHTER-IN-LAW – Arcola Theatre by Laura Kressly

Though no one comes out well in The Daughter-In-Law and the script simmers for too long before it starts to boil over, this is a clear and engaging revival of a lesser known English play.

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

‘A gloriously irreverent & refreshing interpretation’: THREE SISTERS – Yard Theatre by Laura Kressly

RashDash’s female-centred, millennial take on Chekhov’s story of three women trapped in the Russian countryside pining for their old lives in Moscow is a gloriously irreverent and refres…

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

‘This show entertains from start to finish’: H.R. HAITCH – Union Theatre by Laura Kressly

H.R. Haitch is a brilliant example of the future of musical theatre in Britain and walks a playful line between politics and humour that provides an important dialogue about the ridiculousne…

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

‘A compelling combination’: SEX WITH ROBOTS & OTHER DEVICES – King’s Head Theatre by Laura Kressly

Whether you like or not, time and technological developments are marching on. Nessah Muthy’s new play proposes that soon the technology behind life-like robot Sophia will combine with hype…

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Monday, May 21, 2018

‘Don’t cohere as part of an over-arching style or concept’: AS YOU LIKE IT / HAMLET – Shakespeare’s Globe by Laura Kressly

Though there are plenty of positive elements across As You Like It and Hamlet, they don’t cohere as part of an over-arching style or concept.

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Friday, May 18, 2018

‘Charming, funny & empowering to women’: PYAR ACTUALLY – Theatre Royal Stratford East by Laura Kressly

Pyar Actually plays an excellent role in increasing representation on stage, and it’s well-written and performed to boot. It’s charming, funny and empowering to women who may feel constr…

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

‘A finely tuned narrative, but it ends too soon’: ISAAC CAME HOME FROM THE MOUNTAIN – Theatre503 by Laura Kressly

With some extra material added to the end of Isaac Came Home From the Mountain, it would widen the lens to include the wider implications of these characters’ actions and add further weigh…

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