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Saturday, September 5, 2020

What to expect this autumn as UK theatres reopen by Miriam Gillinson

From the return of The Mousetrap to an abundance of monologues, theatre is making a comeback – just don’t expect an interval ice-cream It is late July, and Beverley Knight is about to si…

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Friday, July 24, 2020

Tiny Dancers review – young voices call out from isolation by Miriam Gillinson

Available online Collaborating remotely during lockdown, National Youth Theatre players deliver an intriguing mix of sketches by Isley Lynn with restless verve It’ll come as no surprise th…

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From Glyndebourne to BarnFest: 10 of the best outdoor shows by Miriam Gillinson

As restrictions lift and cultural events spring up, we pick the best theatre, musicals, pop and opera you can enjoy alfresco With restrictions lifting, outdoor cultural events are springing …

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Thursday, July 9, 2020

Jury Duty review – trial-by-audience is cheekily enjoyable by Miriam Gillinson

Available onlineWorking with other audience members, you decide whether a defendant is guilty of murder in this fun bit of lockdown theatre A man has been killed and his body, along with mos…

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Monday, June 29, 2020

Telephone review – dial S for stranger in a night of unexpected connections by Miriam Gillinson

Available onlineConey’s entrancing combination of storytelling and shared conversation celebrates the history of telecommunications The range of theatrical experiences emerging online is t…

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'Our views are not on the news': young people speak up on Covid-19 by Miriam Gillinson

Digital scrapbooks by children and teenagers are the funniest – and most bracing – reflections on lockdown. Now theatre is giving them the chance to put their fears and hope on stage Unl…

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Wednesday, June 17, 2020

'We use Shakespeare's heartbeat': lockdown theatre for autistic audiences by Miriam Gillinson

Flute Theatre’s game-based production of Pericles, performed for one family at a time, is designed to create a sense of calm Hottest front-room seats: best theatre and dance online Kelly …

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Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Plymouth Point review – dare you solve this thrilling mystery? by Miriam Gillinson

Scour the internet for clues in this hysterical whodunnit from two Punchdrunk alumni – which, for all its immersive trickery, is first and foremost a cracking piece of storytelling At a pa…

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Sunday, June 7, 2020

The Time Machine: A Virtual Reality review – a sleek voyage through the fourth wall by Miriam Gillinson

Creation TheatreHG Wells’ dystopian classic is recast as a live online event in this glossy telling that veers between hope and despair Hottest front-room seats: the best theatre and dance…

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Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Smoking Gun review – week-long interactive whistleblower thriller by Miriam Gillinson

Available onlineParticipants delve into the dodgy dealings of a Tory MP and big pharma in this clever blend of theatre and gaming Hottest front-room seats: the best theatre and dance to watc…

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Friday, May 8, 2020

What Once Was Ours review – voices of a disunited family and nation by Miriam Gillinson

Available onlineThe story of a pair of estranged siblings in the aftermath of the Brexit vote is brought to life by the startlingly honest views of a range of young people This 2017 co-produ…

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Friday, May 1, 2020

All the world’s a stage: five of the best monologues by Miriam Gillinson

From Doctor Faustus to Fleabag, here are the most stirring speeches from some of theatre’s best works Continue reading...

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Sunday, April 12, 2020

The Tempest review – interactive online production goes down a storm by Miriam Gillinson

Available onlineGiven a portal to Prospero’s island by Zoom, the audience become the most excited characters in this mischievous and magical version of Shakespeare’s fantasy Front-room …

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Tuesday, March 3, 2020

United Queendom review – we are not amused by this Kensington Palace palaver by Miriam Gillinson

Kensington Palace, LondonLes Enfants Terribles take us inside Will and Kate’s home for an immersive yet unreachable story about two women who once lived there Don’t tell Will and Kate, …

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Monday, March 2, 2020

The Wolves in the Walls review – Neil Gaiman adventure brims with thrills by Miriam Gillinson

Little Angel theatre, LondonGaiman’s graphic novel turns into an atmospheric show, as a girl tries to find out what’s scratching in the walls of her home After years of going to the thea…

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Thursday, February 27, 2020

Sinners review – Brian Cox directs sand-blasted sex and death drama by Miriam Gillinson

Playground theatre, LondonA woman waits to be stoned for adultery in a curious piece reminiscent of Beckett Brian Cox, so deliciously appalling as Logan Roy in Succession, is the headline d…

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Thursday, February 13, 2020

Far Away review – Jessica Hynes brings humour to short, sharp horror by Miriam Gillinson

Donmar Warehouse, London The real world slides away with frightening ease and pace in Caryl Churchill’s masterclass of tension Twenty years on from its premiere, Far Away still feels like …

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Saturday, February 1, 2020

What to see this week in the UK by Andrew Pulver, Michael Cragg, John Fordham, Andrew Clements, Jonathan Jones, Miriam Gillinson and Lyndsey Winship

From The Lighthouse to The Haystack, here’s our pick of the best films, concerts, exhibitions, theatre and dance over the next seven days Continue reading...

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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Sex/Crime review – lust, shock and despair in role-play thriller by Miriam Gillinson

Soho theatre, LondonTwo men reimagine the acts of a serial killer in Alexis Gregory’s dark play about love, loneliness and longing Writer Alexis Gregory has described his show Sex/Crime as…

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Saturday, January 25, 2020

What to see this week in the UK by Andrew Pulver, Sophie Harris, John Fordham, Andrew Clements, Jonathan Jones, Miriam Gillinson and Lyndsey Winship

From The Personal History of David Copperfield to Madonna, here’s our pick of the best films, concerts, exhibitions, theatre and dance over the next seven days Continue reading...

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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Faces in the Crowd review – Valeria Luiselli adaptation is strikingly imaginative by Miriam Gillinson

Gate theatre, LondonJimena Larraguivel stars in a clever and evocative but confusing version of Luiselli’s multi-stranded novel about a woman who feels unseen Here’s a story full of ghos…

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Friday, January 17, 2020

Les Misérables review – just hear these people sing! by Miriam Gillinson

Sondheim theatre, London With a cast that never misses a note, the West End’s longest-running musical proves a haunting and thrilling inspiration What’s the sign that you’ve seen a gre…

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What to see this week in the UK by Andrew Pulver, Sophie Harris, John Fordham, Andrew Clements, Jonathan Jones, Miriam Gillinson and Lyndsey Winship

From Waves to Beat Horizon, here’s our pick of the best films, concerts, exhibitions, theatre and dance over the next seven days Continue reading...

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Friday, December 27, 2019

What to see this week in the UK by Andrew Pulver, Michael Cragg, John Fordham, Andrew Clements, Jonathan Jones, Miriam Gillinson and Lyndsey Winship

From Jojo Rabbit to Craig David, here’s our pick of the best films, concerts, exhibitions, theatre and dance over the next seven days Continue reading...

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Thursday, December 12, 2019

The Last Noël review – carols, hope and regret capture the Christmas spirit by Miriam Gillinson

Old Fire Station, OxfordChris Bush’s beautifully crafted show is comforting and uplifting with just enough kick for those who find festive theatre too saccharine Call me Scrooge, but I’m…

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

A Taste of Honey review – sweet songs and sour love by Miriam Gillinson

Trafalgar Studios, LondonJodie Prenger sings her heart out in an atmospheric revival of Shelagh Delaney’s classic play about an unlucky-in-love mother and daughter Words such as “raw” …

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Monday, December 9, 2019

One Million Tiny Plays About Britain review – a nation speaks by Miriam Gillinson

Jermyn Street theatre, LondonCraig Taylor’s jumble of micro-playlets – some just a few seconds long – coalesce into a layered, comic, moving portrait of everyday life in the UK Listeni…

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Friday, December 6, 2019

Gypsy review – Sondheim staged with surprising tenderness by Miriam Gillinson

Royal Exchange, ManchesterThe classic musical about performance, in all its chaotic glory, gets a warm-hearted production from Jo Davies Gypsy has been described as the King Lear of musical …

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Thursday, December 5, 2019

Little Red Riding Hood review – my, what big imaginations they have! by Miriam Gillinson

Derby theatreHiccup theatre’s clever take on the fairytale is full of music, puppetry, surprising twists, witty dialogue and madcap energy Hiccup Theatre’s family shows always take you …

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Friday, November 29, 2019

Wild Goose Dreams review – endearing online-offline romance by Miriam Gillinson

Ustinov Studio, Bath Hansol Jung’s play brings the distracting, confusing noise of the internet to a funny and sensitive story of lonely hearts in Seoul The internet is so fully realised i…

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Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Hunger review – hope and heartbreak on the breadline by Miriam Gillinson

Arcola, LondonAdapted from Knut Hamsun’s first-person novel, Fay Lomas’s production is an empathetic and frightening look at a writer whose senses begin to turn on him as he falls into p…

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