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Friday, November 8, 2019

Easy review – an unfiltered snap of teenage agonies by Miriam Gillinson

Blue Elephant theatre, LondonRobyn Wilson is superb as a 16-year-old facing a daunting rite of passage in Amy Blakelock’s poignant one-woman play I know Alice. I think I pretty much was Al…

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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Dirty Crusty review – sex, secrets and ballet test the body's limits by Miriam Gillinson

The Yard, LondonClare Barron plays with what a dancer can do by showing a young woman in crisis using dance moves, sex games and drunken nights to liberate herself Dirty Crusty is about ball…

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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Little Baby Jesus review – Arinzé Kene's thrilling teens triumph by Miriam Gillinson

Orange Tree theatre, LondonStandup, storytelling and poetry combine in this brilliant show about an inner-city trio on the verge of adulthood Here is a play that will be racing through you, …

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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

A Museum in Baghdad review – two views of Iraq, 80 years apart by Miriam Gillinson

Swan theatre, Stratford-upon-AvonHannah Khalil’s play frames Iraq’s history through the eyes of real characters, but feels like a missed opportunity A black-and-white photograph on displ…

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Thursday, October 10, 2019

The Monstrous Heart review – blood, fury and a talking dead bear by Miriam Gillinson

Stephen Joseph theatre, ScarboroughA mother and daughter reunite and fight in Oliver Emanuel’s high-octane play, but it feels rushed and remote Gareth Nicholls directed Crocodile Fever at …

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Sunday, October 6, 2019

Islander: A New Musical review – two voices bring a bustling world to life by Miriam Gillinson

Southwark Playhouse, LondonBethany Tennick and Kirsty Findlay weave theatrical magic in this entrancing tale of the last child left on a remote island What an exceptionally thoughtful new mu…

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Friday, October 4, 2019

King John review – blood and popcorn spill in riches to rags thriller by Miriam Gillinson

Swan theatre, Stratford-upon-AvonPolitics is all about preening in this pulsing production of Shakespeare’s rare history Shakespeare’s King John is rarely performed but, on the basis of …

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Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Assassins review – Sondheim skewers America with a bucket of chicken by Miriam Gillinson

Watermill, NewburyThis is a punchy revival of the icily ironic 90s musical about assassination attempts on US presidents Assassins is almost certainly the musical we deserve right now, but i…

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Friday, September 27, 2019

Valued Friends review – Stephen Jeffreys' play about the property boom is cannily constructed by Miriam Gillinson

Rose theatre, KingstonSet in the 80s, this character-led comedy drama features fine performances, but is all just a bit too deliberate Imagine a time when five grand had a significant impact…

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Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Rebel Music review – when Birmingham rocked against racism by Miriam Gillinson

Birmingham RepPacked with punk and reggae tracks, Robin French’s bold new play about racial tensions in 70s Britain hits some high notes Amid the fraught racial tensions of the stifling Br…

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Monday, September 23, 2019

The Dong with a Luminous Nose review – a lovely load of nonsense by Miriam Gillinson

Little Angel theatre, LondonThis imaginative adaptation delights in the sounds and sensations of Edward Lear’s peculiar poem about a lonely boy The stage is filled with puppets that seem t…

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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

As You Like It review – musical take on Shakespeare inspires and thrills by Miriam Gillinson

Queen’s theatre, HornchurchShaina Taub turns the Bard’s words into ingenious melodic mashups in a rousing community production A brutish leader hands his crown to his benevolent brother…

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Friday, August 2, 2019

Mr Gum and the Dancing Bear review – children's musical is a sticky mess by Miriam Gillinson

Dorfman theatre, LondonAndy Stanton’s adaptation of his own children’s books is packed with eccentricity and verbal flourishes – all at the expense of the story This is no ordinary fam…

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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Kiss Me, Kate review – joyfully makes a virtue out of its limitations by Miriam Gillinson

Watermill theatre, NewburyA multitalented cast bring gleeful spontaneity and big laughs to Paul Hart’s bold production, with choreography by Oti Mabuse ‘Brush up your Shakespeare, start …

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Friday, July 26, 2019

Barber Shop Chronicles review – hair-raising ebullience by Miriam Gillinson

Roundhouse theatre, LondonInua Ellams’ play hurtles between London and Africa, so full is it of authentic male dialogue and connections Even the clock moves at double time. A show set in a…

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Friday, July 19, 2019

Games for Lovers review – truth or dare in the internet age by Miriam Gillinson

The Vaults, LondonThere’s an air of holiday fun in Ryan Craig’s play about searching for romance in a digital world. It’s a fun, if predictable, watch A giddy carefreeness underpins th…

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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Jesus Christ Superstar review – behold the wall of sound by Miriam Gillinson

Barbican, LondonTimothy Sheader brings his Regent’s Park rock concert indoors for a show that celebrates lung power over tenderness Ah, the exuberance of youth! Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim…

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Friday, July 5, 2019

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

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

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Monday, July 1, 2019

Dark Sublime review – Marina Sirtis enters parallel sci-fi universe by Miriam Gillinson

Trafalgar Studios, London The Star Trek actor plays a fading TV star in a play that blends giddy pastiche with affecting ruminations on fame and fandom It will come as no great shock to Star…

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Friday, June 28, 2019

Bare: A Pop Opera review – passion and fear in gay school romance by Miriam Gillinson

Vaults, London Staging issues and noisy distractions mar a coming-of-age musical that offers tantalising flashes of fervour Given the deeply troubling recent headlines about homophobic attac…

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Summer Rolls review – fascinating tale of Vietnamese family in Essex by Miriam Gillinson

Park theatre, London A mother’s fierce love lies at the heart of Tuyen Do’s nuanced portrait of a family forging a new life in the UK A light Vietnamese dish served at a family’s resta…

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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 Yesterday to Ed Ruscha, 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, June 25, 2019

Radio review – a dream voyage to the moon and back by Miriam Gillinson

Arcola, LondonAl Smith’s searching, sad play is revived to mark the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing Here’s a play to enjoy with your eyes closed. It’s not that Radio isn’t…

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Monday, June 24, 2019

Edinburgh fringe 2019: 10 essential shows by Brian Logan, Miriam Gillinson, Mark Lawson, Mark Fisher, Judith Mackrell, Bridget Minamore and Lyndsey Winship

Jessie Cave’s intimate standup, a beatbox Frankenstein and a twist on the star-crossed lovers are among the Edinburgh shows we’ve previously reviewed. Here’s what we said … Pleasance…

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Friday, June 7, 2019

Armadillo review – horribly captivating tale of guns and abduction by Miriam Gillinson

Yard theatre, LondonMichelle Fox is electric as a kidnapping survivor glued to the news in a twisted production with hints of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Fifteen years ago, Sam was abd…

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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Pulse festival – dads, diabetes and Michael Barrymore inspire heartfelt theatre by Miriam Gillinson

Three shows in Ipswich reflect on childhood and innocence lost – including a tribute to the 90s TV star that recalls a vanished era of light entertainment Jade Byrne gives us glasses that …

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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

The Slightly Annoying Elephant review – beware of David Walliams's big blue bully by Miriam Gillinson

Little Angel theatre, LondonA hard-to-stomach character with a horrible voice and a nasty catchphrase leaves little for kids to latch on to in this loud, brash production There’s a buzz in…

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Monday, May 20, 2019

Theatre's role models for deaf children: ‘they need to think anything is possible’ by Miriam Gillinson

A new Horrible Histories show celebrates the achievements of deaf figures, while Mathilda and the Orange Balloon also makes creative use of British Sign Language Inspiration hit while theatr…

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Friday, May 17, 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 Birds of Passage to Rita Ora, here’s our pick of the best films, concerts, exhibitions, theatre and dance over the next seven days Continue reading...

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Monday, May 13, 2019

Die! Die! Die! Old People Die! review – darkly funny descent into old age by Miriam Gillinson

Battersea Arts Centre, LondonA couple confront impending death with bawdy humour and burgeoning sadness in Ridiculusmus’s unsettling two-hander Let’s call this endurance clowning. Like a…

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Friday, May 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 High Life to Joy for Ever, here’s our pick of the best films, concerts, exhibitions, theatre and dance over the next seven days Continue reading...

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