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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Anna Bella Eema review at Arcola Theatre, London – ‘atmospheric Southern Gothic storytelling’ by Natasha Tripney

A stream of Southern Gothic runs slow and hot through Lisa D’Amour’s play, first performed in Texas in 2001. A tang of

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Monday, September 16, 2019

Top 5 theatre shows to see this week (September 16-23) by Natasha Tripney

Faith, Hope and Charity – National Theatre, London Following Beyond Caring and Love, Alexander Zeldin completes his trilogy of plays about life

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Friday, September 13, 2019

The King of Hell’s Palace review at Hampstead Theatre, London – ‘ambitious, if unsubtle’ by Natasha Tripney

Roxana Silbert begins her artistic directorship of Hampstead Theatre in an adventurous fashion, with the premiere of Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig’s complex, harrowing

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Thursday, September 12, 2019

A Doll’s House review at Lyric Hammersmith, London – ‘a captivating reframing of Ibsen’ by Natasha Tripney

Having moved to the London venue after revitalising the Sherman Theatre in Cardiff, Rachel O’Riordan launches her first season as artistic director

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Monday, September 9, 2019

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

HighTide Festival – Aldeburgh, Suffolk The Suffolk festival of new writing features a line-up including The Stage Edinburgh Awards winners Nigel Barrett

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Friday, September 6, 2019

Hedda Tesman review at Minerva Theatre, Chichester – ‘intriguing but muddled Ibsen update’ by Natasha Tripney

Cordelia Lynn has taken Ibsen’s most famous creation, Hedda Gabler, the bored and volatile young woman stifled by marriage, and re-imagined her

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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Hansard review at National Theatre, London – ‘well-acted, but heavy-handed’ by Natasha Tripney

It’s 1988. Margaret Thatcher is prime minister and Princess Di is still alive. Tory MP Robin Hesketh (Alex Jennings), educated at Eton

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Monday, September 2, 2019

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

Two Trains Running – Royal and Derngate, Northampton Nancy Medina directs a revival of August Wilson’s play set in a diner in

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Friday, August 30, 2019

Bartholomew Fair review at Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London – ‘raucous city comedy’ by Natasha Tripney

Ben Jonson’s 17th-century city comedy Bartholomew Fair is a sprawling play. It’s stuffed with characters and teems with London life; it’s not

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Thursday, August 29, 2019

Natasha Tripney: After the Edinburgh 2019 comedown, we should ask – what would a kinder festival look like? by Natasha Tripney

On the last day of this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Bryony Kimmings tweeted that the “Edinburgh comedown is real. Be extremely kind

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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s Fleabag review at Wyndham’s Theatre, London – ‘a triumphant return’ by Natasha Tripney

This has the feel of a victory lap. Following two series on the BBC, Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s Fleabag is now a fully-fledged cultural

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Ben Hart: The Nutshell review at Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh – ‘slick, skilful magic show’ by Natasha Tripney

There’s a structural elegance to Ben Hart’s 2018 show The Nutshell. While many magic acts conclude with a routine that satisfyingly ties

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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

To Move in Time review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘an absorbing thought experiment’ by Natasha Tripney

Tim Etchells’ new monologue for Forced Entertainment takes the form of a thought experiment about time travel. Created with and for the

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Monday, August 26, 2019

The Hospital review at Dance Base, Edinburgh – ‘deliciously weird dance theatre’ by Natasha Tripney

In a grimy, isolated hospital, three nurses are going stir crazy. There are no patients. Clearly, there have been no patients here

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Frisky and Mannish: PopLab review at Assembly George Square, Edinburgh – ‘a hoot’ by Natasha Tripney

Oh my God they’re back again. Eleven years since they debuted with School of Pop and a good while since they last

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Top five theatre shows to see this week (August 26-September 1) by Natasha Tripney

As You Like It – Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch Following last year’s Pericles, the National Theatre presents this new Public Acts production of

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Sunday, August 25, 2019

The Rebirth of Meadow Rain review at Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh – ‘a disarming show about controlling relationships’ by Natasha Tripney

Hannah Moss’ solo show is deceptive. It presents itself as a whimsical and sweet one-woman storytelling show about love, friendship and regret

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Thursday, August 22, 2019

Macbeth review at C South, Edinburgh – ‘an extraordinary physical performance’ by Natasha Tripney

Korean company Cho-in Theatre has condensed Macbeth to an intense hour of solo theatre performed by a female and male actor, Lee

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Love (Watching Madness) review at Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh – ‘moving and nuanced’ by Natasha Tripney

It can be draining, caring for someone with a mental health condition; it can consume you. Isabelle Kabban’s jagged and fragmented play

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Inflatable Space review at Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh – ‘moments of ingenuity and wonder’ by Natasha Tripney

There is a huge inflatable doughnut in the middle of the stage. It dominates the space. US theatremaker Thaddeus Phillips uses this

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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

If This Is Normal review at Zoo Playground, Edinburgh – ‘promising but underdeveloped’ by Natasha Tripney

Madani, his sister Maryam and Alex are best friends. After Alex defends Maryam from a racist bully at school they become inseparable

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Fulfilment review at Underbelly, Edinburgh – ‘inventive mixture of puppetry and verbatim theatre’ by Natasha Tripney

Though the term ‘fulfilment centre’ might paint a different picture, Amazon’s goods are dispatched from huge warehouses staffed by workers on zero-hour

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The End review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘endearing and melancholic’ by Natasha Tripney

Bertrand Lesca and Nasi Voutsas’ playful and poignant new show takes the form of an awkward duet, a last dance. Coming across

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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

My Love Lies Frozen in the Ice review at Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh – ‘an uneasy mix of comedy and tragedy’ by Natasha Tripney

The Swedish polar explorer Salomon Andrée died in 1897 while leading an attempt to reach the North Pole by hydrogen balloon. Physical

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Monday, August 19, 2019

I’ll Take You to Mrs Cole! review at Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh – ‘scrappy, ska-infused musical’ by Natasha Tripney

Like many only children, Ashley (Mae Munuo) has a vivid imagination. Instead of helping her mum prepare dinner or clean the house,

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Styx review at Zoo Southside, Edinburgh – ‘gorgeous, Orpheus-inspired song cycle’ by Natasha Tripney

Music and memory are fundamentally entangled. Even when someone has advanced Alzheimer’s disease music can often return them to the world, albeit

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Top 5 theatre shows to see this week (August 19-25) by Natasha Tripney

Purposeless Movements – The Studio, Edinburgh This dance-theatre piece by Glasgow’s Birds of Paradise is written by Robert Softley Gale for four

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Friday, August 16, 2019

Morgan and West: Unbelievable Science review at Assembly George Square, Edinburgh – ‘entrancing’ by Natasha Tripney

Time travelling magicians Morgan and West have branched out this year. Their new show sees them celebrating scientific method in a manner

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Thursday, August 15, 2019

Gone Full Havisham review at Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh – ‘ambitious and energetic’ by Natasha Tripney

Having been jilted by her fiancé Emily Halloran has retreated to her hotel honeymoon suite. She hasn’t left her room in five

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The Burning review at the Pleasance, Edinburgh – ‘promising but falls flat’ by Natasha Tripney

Incognito Theatre’s new show explores the maligned and marginalised figure of the witch throughout history. Clad in black robes, the four performers

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Oedipus review at King’s Theatre, Edinburgh – ‘devastatingly tense and captivatingly performed’ by Natasha Tripney

The clock is ticking. Robert Icke’s reworking of Sophocles – his first production for Internationaal Theater Amsterdam, performed in Dutch with surtitles

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