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Friday, May 19, 2017

Tristan & Yseult and Pepperland: this week’s best UK theatre and dance by Lyn Gardner and Judith Mackrell

Brighton festival hosts the offbeat retelling of a Cornish legend, while Mark Morris premieres a work set to songs from the Beatles’ album1 Tristan & YseultBrighton festival hosts the …

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Dyl review – flatshare comedy about facing up to fatherhood by Lyn Gardner

Old Red Lion, London An oil-rig worker exiled in Aberdeen comes to terms with parental responsibility in Mark Weinman’s odd-couple playJames (Scott Arthur) has exiled himself from his Wels…

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Friday, May 12, 2017

Medea review – all-female cast excel as Euripides meets modern-day Maddy by Lyn Gardner

Bristol Old VicWriter Chino Odimba and director George Mann meld ancient and new in an admirable production with first-rate performances The Medea we know so well is the Euripides version, b…

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While We’re Here and Rambert: this week’s best UK theatre and dance by Lyn Gardner and Judith Mackrell

Tessa Peake-Jones and Andrew French excel in a tragicomedy about lost love, while Sadler’s Wells hosts a triple bill from the celebrated dance company1 While We’re HereCarol and Eddie ar…

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Should we put up with disruptive behaviour at the theatre? by Lyn Gardner

Audiences are increasingly fed up about bad behaviour in the theatre – and they are taking the law into their own handsKevin Williamson's account of his vigilante action against a woman pe…

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Assata Taught Me review – former Black Panther's gripping lessons in resistance by Lyn Gardner

Gate, London A young Cuban gets an education in race, protest and betrayal from the fugitive Assata Shakur in Kalungi Ssebandeke’s imagined encounter‘Assata taught me” was the legend t…

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Monday, May 8, 2017

The Pulverised review – characters crushed by globalisation by Lyn Gardner

Arcola, LondonAlexandra Badea’s fervent, over-simplistic drama is an intertwining set of tales about the victims of globalisation, from Senegal to ShanghaiA Shanghai factory worker (Rebecc…

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Beauty and the Beast – review by Lyn Gardner

Young Vic, LondonPhelim McDermott thrusts disability into the spotlight and explores the dark heart of the famous fairytaleMat Fraser is discussing his disability. Assured it was safe, his m…

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Sunday, May 7, 2017

Five Short Blasts review – waterborne performance is all at sea by Lyn Gardner

Brighton festivalA meditative, site-specific piece about maritime lives loses its way as it takes the audience out on a pleasure cruise at duskFive short blasts on a whistle is the maritime …

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Friday, May 5, 2017

Golem and Brighton festival: this week’s best UK theatre and dance by Lyn Gardner and Judith Mackrell

Catch 1927’s fable about our over-reliance on machines and explore the best of dance, as curated by Kate Tempest. Plus: Every Brilliant Thing and Voodoo1 GolemFew companies have the all-ro…

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Madame Rubinstein review – Margolyes and Barber star in battle of the lipsticks by Lyn Gardner

Park theatre, LondonThe two stars have fun playing cosmetics queens Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden but this clunky, camp show misfiresWatching Miriam Margolyes and Frances Barber slug…

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This Beautiful Future review – exquisite portrait of young love in the heat of war by Lyn Gardner

The Yard, London A French teenager and a German boy soldier are unselfconscious lovers in this idiosyncratic fable set in occupied FranceIt’s 1944, and teenagers Elodie and Otto are on opp…

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Monday, May 1, 2017

While We're Here review – love and loneliness in a small play with a big heart by Lyn Gardner

Bush, LondonTessa Peake-Jones and Andrew French star in Barney Norris’s quietly affecting two-hander about ordinary lives“I’ve been alive for so long and I haven’t got anything to sh…

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From Tata to the NHS: how Kully Thiarai is making theatre for Wales by Lyn Gardner

They both create work that is bold and deeply relevant for local communities, so National Theatre Wales and its new artistic director Kully Thiarai are a perfect fitKully Thiarai, the new ar…

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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Oh Yes Oh No review – taboo-breaking theatre about female sexual desire by Lyn Gardner

Camden People’s theatre, LondonLouise Orwin’s bold work involves the voices of real women, as well as naked Ken and Barbie dolls, in order to lay bare the politics of female sexuality“…

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Friday, April 28, 2017

Divine Chaos of Starry Things review – retracing revolutions from Paris to the South Pacific by Lyn Gardner

White Bear, London Politics predominates in Paul Mason’s frustrating account of the French communard Louise Michel who was deported to New Caledonia in the 1870sDealing with defeat is part…

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Breakin’ Convention and The Toad Knew: this week’s best UK theatre and dance by Lyn Gardner and Judith Mackrell

James Thierrée creates fairytale-style marvels, while the world’s biggest hip-hop dance-theatre festival returns for its 14th year1 The Toad KnewAs weird as it is compelling, the latest f…

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Cock and Bull review – sparky satire turns rhetoric against Tories by Lyn Gardner

Royal Festival Hall, LondonNic Green’s alternative party conference draws on Conservatives’ soundbites to conjour grief at the destructive power of politicsThe best theatre often has a s…

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The Braille Legacy review – woefully corny account of visionary inventor by Lyn Gardner

Charing Cross theatre, LondonThis new French musical about the teenager who came up with a new system of reading and writing is busy, dizzy and emotionally overwroughtThom Southerland triump…

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Does Punchdrunk's The Drowned Man live up to the hype? by Lyn Gardner

Reaction is divided to The Drowned Man, Punchdrunk's vast Hollywood promenade show. Has it been overhyped? Or should audiences go prepared to dig deeper for their experience?The reviews are …

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The Masque of the Red Death left me Punchdrunk by Lyn Gardner

You need sensible shoes and a stout heart for this dazzling and exhausting evening inspired by Edgar Allan Poe.Poe-faced ... River Carmalt, Adam Burton and Jack Laskey in The Masque of the R…

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Welcome to Fallow Cross: inside the secret village built by Punchdrunk by Lyn Gardner

Punchdrunk scour cities for places to house their theatre spectaculars. Now they’ve even created a fully functioning village – complete with cosy pubA wood stove is burning in the pub. C…

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Home Truths review – a history of the housing crisis in nine plays by Lyn Gardner

Bunker, LondonThe homeless people’s theatre company Cardboard Citizens takes a long look at housing, from Victorian slum life and 70s squatting to present day inequalitiesThe national shor…

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Whisper House review – ghost story goes slump in the night by Lyn Gardner

The Other Palace, LondonSet in a haunted lighthouse during the second world war, Duncan Sheik’s rock musical features a plot as wisp-like as the phantoms on the stageComposed by Duncan She…

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Junkyard and Mayerling: this week’s best UK theatre and dance by Lyn Gardner and Judith Mackrell

Teen misfits save the day in Jack Thorne and Stephen Warbeck’s play, while the Royal Ballet tackles the Austro-Hungarian empire1 JunkyardIt may be more of a play with songs than a fully fl…

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

The Story Giant review – life lessons from the land of make-believe by Lyn Gardner

Everyman, LiverpoolAdapted from a children’s book by Liverpool poet Brian Patten, this family show is all about the transformative power of storytellingIt’s good to see the Liverpool Eve…

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Bill Mitchell obituary by Lyn Gardner

Pioneer of landscape theatre who created The Passion, starring Michael Sheen, which was performed on the streets of Port TalbotThe designer and theatre-maker Bill Mitchell, who has died of c…

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A voyage round my mother: the raw cabaret show about being abandoned and adopted by Lyn Gardner

As a baby, Veronica Thompson was left in a bag outside a South Korean police station. In an intimate and funny solo performance, she traces her journey through her American childhood and Lon…

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Friday, April 14, 2017

The Play That Goes Wrong – review by Lyn Gardner

Trafalgar Studios, LondonA sleeper fringe hit that has been steadily gathering momentum, this farce about an incompetent amateur dramatic staging of a murder mystery began at the Old Red Lio…

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The Lion King and The Legend of Mulan: this week’s best UK theatre and dance by Lyn Gardner and Judith Mackrell

Two tales tackled by Disney are reimagined for the stage. Plus: Sally Cookson adapts Fellini’s La Strada and Dance International Glasgow returns1 The Lion KingIn hindsight it seems absurd …

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Monday, April 10, 2017

Forget Oliviers – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child's biggest win is new theatre audiences by Lyn Gardner

The West End arm of the Harry Potter universe may have broken Olivier award records, but its true success is in making theatre universally appealingHarry Potter and the Cursed Child’s reco…

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