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Friday, January 24, 2020

Uncle Vanya review at the Harold Pinter Theatre, London – ‘polished and lucid adaptation’ by Natasha Tripney

Uncle Vanya feels like such a natural fit for Toby Jones that it’s a wonder he hasn’t played the role before now.

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Thursday, January 23, 2020

The Welkin review at the National Theatre, London – ‘ambitious, gripping and richly textured’ by Natasha Tripney

Lucy Kirkwood is a writer who continually tests and stretches herself, shifting from workplace satire to butcher-shop dystopia to an intense promenade

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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie review at Apollo Theatre, London – ‘new lead brings fresh energy’ by Natasha Tripney

New year. New class. Dan Gillespie Sells and Tom MacRae’s uplifting musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie enters its third year in the

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Natasha Tripney: Are no-readmittance policies in theatre taking the piss? by Natasha Tripney

For many people, no matter how deep their love of theatre, the phrase “90 minutes, no interval” is still one of the

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Monday, January 20, 2020

Top 5 theatres shows to see this week (January 20-26) by Natasha Tripney

Scenes With Girls – Royal Court, London The Royal Court starts the year with a new play by Miriam Battye about female

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Thursday, January 16, 2020

The Strange Tale of Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel review at Wilton’s Music Hall, London – ‘expressive physical comedy’ by Natasha Tripney

Chaplin Chapin and Stan Laurel arrived in the United States on the same ship. They’d both honed their slapstick skills as part

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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

London’s Vault Festival 2020: what are the best shows to see? by Natasha Tripney

London’s subterranean arts festival gets bigger every year. Occupying a series of tunnels under Waterloo Station and increasingly spilling out into the

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Monday, January 13, 2020

Top 5 theatre shows to see this week (January 13-19) by Natasha Tripney

Scrounger – Finborough Theatre, London Athena Stevens stars in her new play about the realities of living as a disabled person in

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Thursday, January 9, 2020

Magic Goes Wrong review at Vaudeville Theatre, London – ‘Mischief Theatre’s entertaining fusion of magic and comedy’ by Natasha Tripney

The potential for things going wrong is a fundamental part of any magic act. The best magicians use it to their advantage;

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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Natasha Tripney: Why sky high theatre bar prices are more than just a pain in the wallet by Natasha Tripney

“I’m sorry. How much?” I asked, assuming I must have misheard, but no. £20 for two normal sized, in no way remarkable

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Monday, January 6, 2020

Top five theatre and dance shows to see this week (January 6-12) by Natasha Tripney

Operation Mincemeat – Southwark Playhouse, London Spitlip’s dizzyingly inventive musical based on a fascinating true story from the Second World War was

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Monday, December 23, 2019

Top 5 theatre shows see to over Christmas and new year by Natasha Tripney

Black Beauty – Southbank Centre, London Created by Andy Manley, Andy Cannon and Shona Reppe, this show for ages five and over

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Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Natasha Tripney: Now is the time to find new ways of telling stories by Natasha Tripney

“Together, we remake things.” This is said towards the end of Ella Hickson’s Swive [Elizabeth] at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. Hickson’s witty

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Monday, December 16, 2019

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

Snowflake – Kiln Theatre, London Mike Bartlett (Cock, Bull, Albion) brings his play about a complicated father-daughter relationship, which premiered last year

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Friday, December 13, 2019

Swive [Elizabeth] review at Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London – ‘a potent study of women, power and patriarchy’ by Natasha Tripney

“How can I be a head of a country and yet subject to a husband?” A reasonable question posed by Queen Elizabeth

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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Daniel Monks: ‘It’s really important that only disabled actors play disabled roles’ by Natasha Tripney

Australian actor Daniel Monks has realised a dream of playing both Joseph Merrick and Richard III. As Teenage Dick, an adaptation of

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The Duchess of Malfi review at Almeida Theatre, London – ‘Lydia Wilson is stunningly good’ by Natasha Tripney

Having worked wonders on Tennessee Williams’ under-appreciated and pretty flawed play Summer and Smoke, director Rebecca Frecknall works a similar magic on

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Joan of Leeds review at New Diorama, London – ‘irreverent, carnal, anarchic’ by Natasha Tripney

Breach made its name with a series of shows exploring the idea of re-enactment, most notably It’s True, It’s True, It’s True,

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Monday, December 9, 2019

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

Joan of Leeds – New Diorama, London Breach, creator of hit fringe show It’s True, It’s True, It’s True, returns with a

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Sunday, December 8, 2019

Cyrano de Bergerac review at Playhouse Theatre, London – ‘James McAvoy radiates charisma’ by Natasha Tripney

Words are everything in Jamie Lloyd’s stripped-down and shaken-up Cyrano. Martin Crimp’s adaptation plays fast and loose with Edmond Rostand’s 1897 play

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Friday, December 6, 2019

Christmas Carol – A Fairy Tale review at Wilton’s Music Hall – ‘a feminist twist on Dickens’ by Natasha Tripney

Of all the many versions of Charles Dickens’ classic Christmas fable being staged this winter, this is one of the most inventive.

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Thursday, December 5, 2019

A Christmas Carol review at Old Vic, London – ‘charming and atmospheric’ by Natasha Tripney

Returning to the Old Vic for the third year running, Jack Thorne’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic morality tale manages to be

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Monday, December 2, 2019

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

Strange Tales – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh Grid Iron’s new show for the Traverse is based on the stories of Chinese writer Pu

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Friday, November 29, 2019

The top 10 alternative Christmas shows in 2019 (no pantomime included) by Natasha Tripney

The Snow Queen – Sherman Theatre, Cardiff The Sherman Theatre’s festive show is Tessa Walker’s production of Hans Christian Andersen’s seasonal favourite,

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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Natasha Tripney: It’s not ‘tricky’, just programme more women writers by Natasha Tripney

Last year, a writer introduced me to the term ‘cul-de-sac-ing’. She used it to describe her frustration at the fact that, having

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Tuesday, November 26, 2019

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe review at Bridge Theatre, London – ‘a wonder-filled production’ by Natasha Tripney

The Bridge Theatre transports its audience to Narnia for its Christmas show, itself transported from Leeds Playhouse where it opened in 2017.

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Monday, November 25, 2019

Cinderella review at Lyric Hammersmith, London – ‘heartfelt and joyous’ by Natasha Tripney

The Lyric Hammersmith pantomime has a tradition of getting new writing and directing talent to put a contemporary spin on the form.

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

The Arrival – Bush Theatre, London Olivier-winning director Bijan Sheibani – whose past productions include the majestic Barber Shop Chronicles – helms

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Friday, November 22, 2019

Richard III review at Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London – ‘splatter and swagger’ by Natasha Tripney

The candlelit Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, one of London’s most enchanting spaces, is made to feel menacing in this exhilarating conclusion to Shakespeare’s

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Henry VI review at Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London – ‘a lively and lucid staging’ by Natasha Tripney

Shakespeare’s Globe continues its cycle of history plays – which kicked off with an all-female version of Richard II in the Sam

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Land Without Dreams review at Gate Theatre, London – ‘a slippery thought experiment’ by Natasha Tripney

The house lights are up. The stage is bare. A woman enters the space. She smiles. She talks about the audience and

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2019-2020 BROADWAY SEASON
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