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Friday, April 19, 2019

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

From Loro to Stealing Sheep, 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, April 12, 2019

What to see this week in the UK by Damon Wise, Phil Harrison, John Fordham, Andrew Clements, Jonathan Jones, Miriam Gillinson and Lyndsey Winship

From Mid90s to Dave, 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, April 9, 2019

Going Through review – migrant's words flow freely across borders by Miriam Gillinson

Bush theatre, LondonThis gently uplifting play about child migration – performed in English and beautifully signed – delights in language Child migration might sound like a difficult sub…

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Thursday, April 4, 2019

Wilderness review – separated parents frame family's destruction by Miriam Gillinson

Hampstead Downstairs, LondonThe crumbling set mirrors the failed relationship of a couple in Kellie Smith’s heavy-going drama Dilapidated walls fill the stage, with great big holes punctu…

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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

The Crucible review – gender twist gets you thinking but not feeling by Miriam Gillinson

The Yard, LondonJay Miller’s reworking of Arthur Miller’s classic delivers tender chemistry, clever characters and a female John Proctor, but its quest for novelty loses focus Arthur Mil…

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Friday, March 22, 2019

Hypnotic odysseys and beatboxing monsters at BAC's talent pageant by Miriam Gillinson

Four Women and Frankenstein are among the mindblowing highlights of Homegrown festival’s four-week creative carnival There’s always a festival vibe at BAC; a sense that young talent is n…

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Falling review – teen daughter's postcards from the edge by Miriam Gillinson

Old Fire Station, OxfordNear catastrophe in a back garden sparks up this heartfelt if over-signposted play strongly influenced by children’s theatre A black hole is engulfing Claire and he…

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Friday, March 15, 2019

Double trouble: death, drugs and dancing daggers in two new Macbeths by Miriam Gillinson

With their coke-fuelled visions and weaponised guitars, these productions put a new spin on Shakespeare’s tragedy Two new versions of Macbeth march to a very different beat but music pulse…

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Sunday, March 10, 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 Captain Marvel to Henry Moore, 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, February 19, 2019

All in a Row review – autistic child puppet drama has warmth and truth by Miriam Gillinson

Southwark Playhouse, LondonGood puppetry lends rich humanity to the central character of this subtle if controversial production about a boy set to leave home for a residential schoolPlenty …

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Friday, February 15, 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 Notting Hill to Fatboy Slim, here’s our pick of the best films, concerts, exhibitions, theatre and dance over the next seven days Continue reading...

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Princess & the Hustler review – vibrant family drama has heart and purpose by Miriam Gillinson

Bristol Old Vic As the British civil rights movement gathers momentum, racial tensions threaten a family in 1960s Bristol in this locally-gestated new playAn angry mob surges forward, banner…

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Thursday, February 7, 2019

Farewell to Michael Ross, a writer whose words are a gift to actors by Miriam Gillinson

Ross, who has died aged 40, left two new plays – The Shy Manifesto and The Good Landlord – which are full of compassion and dark comedyThe news last month that the playwright Michael Ros…

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Stop and Search review – stories collide on the road to nowhere by Miriam Gillinson

Arcola, LondonGabriel Gbadamosi’s oblique new play follows three encounters, but too many layers of intrigue throw it off courseThe title is misleading: this isn’t really a play about po…

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Monday, January 14, 2019

Hippity Hop review – rap show about a runaway pram gets kids freestyling by Miriam Gillinson

Oxford PlayhouseSparky performances and multisensory skits make Oily Cart’s singing, dancing and rhyming show feel cheekyOily Cart barely miss a beat in Hippity Hop, a sensory theatrical p…

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Monday, December 17, 2018

The Cat in the Hat review – Dr Seuss's rascal reborn as a madcap circus star by Miriam Gillinson

Curve, LeicesterStorytelling is secondary to spectacle in this chaotic retelling that features cakes, wigs and a fraught balancing actBefore Dr Seuss’s infamous Cat has made his entrance, …

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Goldilocks and the Three Bears review – warm, wondrous festive treat by Miriam Gillinson

Derby theatreThe classic tale plays out on a lusciously crafted eco-friendly set by a company gently pushing the boundaries of kids’ theatreWe’re deep in the woods and inside the three b…

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Monday, December 10, 2018

Return to Elm House review – kids let loose on BAC's magical history tour by Miriam Gillinson

Battersea Arts Centre, LondonChildren are given access all areas to explore the old town hall building in this story about Britain’s first female civil servant‘Why does it say ‘caution…

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Doctor Faustus review – devilishly smart show is a hell of a lot of fun by Miriam Gillinson

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, LondonJocelyn Jee Esien and Pauline McLynn are on glorious form and bring out the glee in Marlowe’s macabre classicWhen asked why she decided to make Doctor Faustu…

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Monday, November 26, 2018

Torch review – so real it makes you want to reach out and help by Miriam Gillinson

Various locations, St Helen’sThis site-specific immersive theatre piece about local women’s lives across the decades inspires kindness and debateANU Productions have been talking and lis…

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Monday, November 19, 2018

Super Duper Close Up review – turning a lens on anxiety in the internet age by Miriam Gillinson

The Yard, LondonThe latest from theatre company Made in China is an arresting monologue about an actor prone to panic attacks and phone addictionA woman in a frilly green dress stands centre…

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Friday, November 16, 2018

Macbeth review – real-life husband and wife make a dynamic duo by Miriam Gillinson

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, LondonPaul Ready and Michelle Terry work brilliantly to create a central relationship that feels intimate and believableCasting roles based on real-life relationship…

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Monday, November 12, 2018

Vessel review – let go and get lost in Sue MacLaine's meditative show by Miriam Gillinson

Battersea Arts Centre, LondonThe feelings that words create, rather than their meaning, come to the fore in this quietly revealing pieceFour peaceful-looking women sit on chairs in a cramped…

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Sunday, November 11, 2018

Lands review – romance is a jigsaw puzzle of bouncing trampolines by Miriam Gillinson

Bush Theatre, LondonThis initially charming and thoughtful take on a couple in trouble casts hobby-obsession as the villain of the piece Leah loves jigsaw puzzles. She loves them so much tha…

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Friday, November 2, 2018

Chekhov's First Play review – a pure theatrical thrill-ride by Miriam Gillinson

Battersea Arts Centre, LondonDead Centre take a wrecking ball to poor 18-year-old Chekhov’s first work, in this wildly playful piece about the elusiveness of meaningTake Chekhov’s first …

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Sundowning review – devastating dementia drama lingers and burns by Miriam Gillinson

Tristan Bates theatre, London Hazel Maycock is superb in a moving family tale crammed with feeling and insightDementia is a heartbreaker. It’s also a nightmare to stage: repetitive, meande…

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

To Have to Shoot Irishmen review – harmonies haunt shocking war drama by Miriam Gillinson

Omnibus theatre, LondonTumbling poetry and lively dialogue power Lizzie Nunnery’s dynamic song-led show set during the Easter RisingTwo Irish men sit on opposite sides of a prison wall in …

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

I’m a Phoenix, Bitch review – wacky, warped and wonderful by Miriam Gillinson

Battersea Arts Centre, LondonBryony Kimmings’ deeply personal show is an exhilarating ride via pop video, horror movie, art installation and therapy sessionWho’s up for an offbeat musica…

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Monday, October 8, 2018

Three Sat Under the Banyan Tree review – UK stage first for Indian fables by Miriam Gillinson

Polka, LondonDespite the ornate animal masks and traditional dancing, Jatinder Verma’s production fails to capture the thrill of the Panchatantra tales The Panchatantra might have been con…

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

4.48 Psychosis review – Kane's swansong is spoken, signed, mimed and danced by Miriam Gillinson

New Diorama, LondonSarah Kane’s play becomes an exploration of living with profound disability in Deafinitely Theatre’s productionSarah Kane’s gruelling last play feels doubly painful …

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Friday, September 21, 2018

Eyam review – song and sacrifice as Black Death descends on Derbyshire by Miriam Gillinson

Shakespeare’s Globe, LondonThis true story of a village facing down the plague ripples with potential but Matt Hartley’s play is blighted by a lack of focusOne hour into Matt Hartley’s…

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