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Monday, July 16, 2018

Top 5 theatre shows to see this week (July 16-22) by Natasha Tripney

A Monster Calls – Old Vic, London Based on Patrick Ness’ bestselling novel about grief, A Monster Calls is directed by Sally Cookson.

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

As You Like It review at Open Air Theatre, London – ‘an easy, pleasing watch’ by Natasha Tripney

The opening scenes of Max Webster’s bubbly production of Shakespeare’s comedy suggest we might be in for an environmentalist take on the

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Monday, July 9, 2018

Top 5 theatre shows to see this week (July 9-15) by Natasha Tripney

Me and My Girl – Chichester Festival Theatre Matt Lucas, Caroline Quentin and Clive Rowe star in Daniel Evans’ new staging of Me

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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

The Lieutenant of Inishmore review at Noel Coward Theatre, London – ‘bloody and blunt’ by Natasha Tripney

Written in 2001 and set during the 1990s peace process, Martin McDonagh’s play is saturated in blood. It’s as red as, well, a

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Miss Littlewood review at Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon – ‘irreverent and moving’ by Natasha Tripney

Sam Kenyon’s musical tribute to the great Joan Littlewood, radical theatremaker and passionate believer that art should be for everyone, is more

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Monday, July 2, 2018

Jellyfish review at Bush Theatre, London – ‘tender, compassionate, radical’ by Natasha Tripney

Kelly and Neil enjoy hot chips, walks on the beach and each other’s company. Kelly likes Iron Man, Neil thinks he’s the

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Top 5 theatre shows to see this week (July 2-8) by Natasha Tripney

Queens of the Coal Age – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester Bryony Shanahan directs Maxine Peake’s play about Anne Scargill and her protest against

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Friday, June 29, 2018

Genesis Inc review at Hampstead Theatre, London – ‘clumsy and chaotic’ by Natasha Tripney

Infertility is an industry. While treatment is available on the NHS, for many the only option is private treatment in glossy, costly

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Thursday, June 28, 2018

The Winter’s Tale review at Shakespeare’s Globe, London – ‘clarity and insight’ by Natasha Tripney

With its enchanted statues, its lurches from tragedy to an improbably happy ending and its actual bears, Shakespeare’s late play The Winter’s

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Sea Wall starring Andrew Scott – review at Old Vic, London – ‘a hypnotic performance’ by Natasha Tripney

Ten years ago the Bush Theatre staged a series of short plays under the banner the Broken Space season. The leaking roof

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Maxine Peake: ‘Acting is a hard business to be brave in – you have to hang in there’ by Natasha Tripney

Since her debut in BBC sitcom Dinnerladies in the late 1990s, the actor and writer has emerged as one of the UK’s

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Monday, June 25, 2018

Top 5 theatre shows to see this week (June 25-July 1) by Natasha Tripney

Jerusalem – Watermill Theatre, Newbury Jasper Britton has been cast as Johnny ‘Rooster’ Byron, the role famously and memorably played by Mark Rylance

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Lava review at Nottingham Playhouse – ‘compassionate, warm and funny’ by Natasha Tripney

There’s been a catastrophe. Thousands are dead. But grief hits everyone in different ways. The first production to be staged in Nottingham

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Monday, June 18, 2018

Lady Eats Apple review at Barbican Theatre, London – ‘an ambitious metaphysical triptych’ by Natasha Tripney

The work of Australian company Back to Back Theatre is co-created and performed by actors with learning disabilities. The dizzyingly ambitious Lady

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Top 5 theatre shows to see this week (June 18-24) by Natasha Tripney

Sea Wall – Old Vic Theatre, London When it was first staged at the old Bush Theatre in 2008, Andrew Scott was astonishing in Simon

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Into the Unknown by Natasha Tripney

In an annual Exeunt tradition, Natasha Tripney condenses the contents of the entire 2018 Edinburgh Fringe programme into a single poem. The post Into the Unknown appeared first on Exeunt Mag…

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest review at Crucible Theatre, Sheffield by Natasha Tripney

How do you solve a problem like McMurphy? Let’s face it the protagonist of Ken Kesey’s 1962 counter-cultural novel is not all

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Machinal review at Almeida Theatre, London – ‘captivating, intense and resonant’ by Natasha Tripney

Written in 1928 and inspired by the true story of the first woman to be executed by electric chair in New York,

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Monday, June 11, 2018

Top 5 theatre shows to see this week (June 11-17) by Natasha Tripney

Machinal – Almeida Theatre, London The Almeida follows The Writer with a revival of Sophie Treadwell’s 1928 play. Considered an expressionistic masterpiece, Machinal

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Monday, June 4, 2018

Top 5 theatre shows to see this week (June 4-10) by Natasha Tripney

Killer Joe – Trafalgar Studios, London Orlando Bloom plays the title character in this inky comedy about a cop who moonlights as a

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Happy Days review at Royal Exchange, Manchester – ‘Maxine Peake is mesmerising’ by Natasha Tripney

The role of Winnie, the buried heroine of Samuel Beckett’s 1961 play, is one of those parts that actors relish. It’s a

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Tartuffe review at Theatre Royal Haymarket, London – ‘clinical and clunky’ by Natasha Tripney

For what’s being billed as the first bilingual production to open in the West End, renowned French director Gerald Garutti and adaptor

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Consent review at Harold Pinter Theatre, London – ‘well-crafted but problematic’ by Natasha Tripney

Nina Raine excels at writing scenes in which people are spectacularly awful to one another. Consent contains many moments in which her

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I’m on a train that isn’t going anywhere. But, for once, this isn’t the fault of Southern Rail. I’m on board the

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Monday, May 28, 2018

Top 5 theatre shows to see this week (May 28-June 3) by Natasha Tripney

Tartuffe – Theatre Royal Haymarket, London Moliere’s comedy has been reworked In what is apparently the West End’s “first ever dual-language production”. Tartuffe

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

The Gronholm Method review at Menier Chocolate Factory, London – ‘slight and slack’ by Natasha Tripney

Four job applicants enter a room. They think they’ve been called there for the final phase of a job interview for a

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Monday, May 21, 2018

Norfolk and Norwich Festival 2018 review – ‘intimate circus and multi-sensory storytelling’ by Natasha Tripney

Spread over 17 days in venues across Norwich and beyond, the Norfolk and Norwich Festival encompasses music, performance and literary events. It’s

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Top 5 theatre shows to see this week (May 21-27) by Natasha Tripney

Peter Pan – Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, London The Open Air Theatre’s summer season begins with a revival of Timothy Sheader’s 2015

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Friday, May 18, 2018

Hamlet starring Michelle Terry – review at Shakespeare’s Globe – ‘accessible and traditional’ by Natasha Tripney

The prospect of Michelle Terry playing Hamlet is an immensely exiting one. She has shown herself to be a Shakespearean actor of

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As You Like It review at Shakespeare’s Globe, London – ‘buoyant and embracive’ by Natasha Tripney

Here we go. After the all the heightened emotions surrounding Emma Rice’s departure as artistic director of Shakespeare’s Globe following a brief,

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

The Girl on the Train review at West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds – ‘delivers few actual thrills’ by Natasha Tripney

Paula Hawkins’ novel is a publishing phenomenon. It sold millions of copies, topped best-seller lists and became the basis for a fairly

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