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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Kings Cross (Remix) review at Camden People’s Theatre, London – ‘evocative social history’ by Paul Vale

Performance artist Tom Marshman has devised theatre on a diverse range of subjects – but his work is always rooted in community

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Don’t Dress for Dinner review at Mill at Sonning – ‘dated farce’ by Paul Vale

It’s hard to believe Don’t Dress for Dinner was only written in the 1980s. There is something about its rampant misogyny, ambivalent

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Friday, May 12, 2017

Blink review at Barons Court Theatre, London – ‘an absorbing revival’ by Paul Vale

A couple are thrown together by chance and then drift apart. Blink was an Edinburgh fringe hit for Phil Porter in 2012

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Room review at Theatre Royal Stratford East, London – ‘thrilling, emotive and inventive’ by Paul Vale

When Emma Donoghue was writing the novel Room, she was already considering how it might be adapted for the stage. While the

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Birds of Paradise review at Drayton Arms Theatre, London – ‘a fun, dynamic musical’ by Paul Vale

Winnie Holzman, who wrote the book of hit show Wicked, was also the creator of the ground-breaking television series My So-Called Life.

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Friday, May 5, 2017

Waiting For God review at Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford – ‘a smooth but slight sitcom update’ by Paul Vale

Age is all about perspective. When Michael Aitkens’ sitcom Waiting For God originally aired in the early 1990s, the public had a

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

All Our Children review at Jermyn Street Theatre, London – ‘vivid and rich’ by Paul Vale

Stephen Unwin’s unsettling new play explores the public euthanasia program in Nazi Germany that led to the execution of thousands of disabled

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Twelfth Night review at Blue Elephant Theatre, London – ‘lacking a sense of style’ by Paul Vale

Original Impact’s heavily edited version of Twelfth Night retains much of the play’s comedy while underscoring the action with a mix of

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Friday, April 28, 2017

Hone your circus skills with the right training by Paul Vale

Make no mistake, circus is big business in the entertainment industry. From the major shows of Cirque du Soleil to the sheer

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Spring Offensive review at Omnibus, London – ‘a brutal black comedy’ by Paul Vale

Plays commemorating the First World War are commonplace at the moment, so Clapham Omnibus associate writer Victoria Willing’s new piece comes as

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Kray Kray review at Theatre N16, London – ‘chilling precision’ by Paul Vale

One of the more fascinating facts about the Kray twins was their association with the rich and famous of their day. Frank

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

After You review at Live at Zedel, London – ‘amiable new musical’ by Paul Vale

Noel Coward’s one-act play Still Life and the subsequent film adaptation Brief Encounter have provided a springboard for several alternate versions on

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Improbable Fiction review at Mill at Sonning – ‘strong comic timing’ by Paul Vale

Alan Ayckbourn’s Improbable Fiction was originally commissioned to celebrate 50 years of the Stephen Joseph Theatre. But unlike enduringly popular pieces such

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Miss Nightingale review at the Vaults, London – ‘decent songs, hackneyed dialogue’ by Paul Vale

Matthew Bugg’s wartime musical Miss Nightingale began life in 2011 as a chamber musical, with a run at the King’s Head and

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Le Gateau Chocolat: Black review at Theatre Royal Stratford East – ‘intimate and moving’ by Paul Vale

There’s something about Le Gateau Chocolat’s rich, velvety baritone that penetrates the soul. His voice commands attention. And while his flamboyant visual

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Honk! review at Union Theatre, London – ‘charming, but over-complicated’ by Paul Vale

The much-loved story of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Ugly Duckling is an elegant fable about bullying and acceptance. George Stiles and Anthony

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Gabriel review at Richmond Theatre, London – ‘gripping wartime drama’ by Paul Vale

Set in 1943 on occupied Guernsey, this early play by Moira Buffini was originally staged at Soho Theatre in 1997. Jeanne Becquet

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Monday, April 3, 2017

Handlebards: The cycling Shakespeare troupe geared for success by Paul Vale

When it comes to design, a tour stretches not only the imagination of a designer, but also their ingenuity and resourcefulness. Set

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Friday, March 31, 2017

The Mutant Man review at the Space, London – ‘a compelling thriller’ by Paul Vale

In the early 20th century in Australia, Harry Crawford was tried and convicted of the murder of his wife, Annie Birkett. What

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Global tours: The lucrative way of getting Shit-faced around the world by Paul Vale

Producing any tour, large or small, requires a mixture of logistical know-how, iron will and an entrepreneurial spirit. Shifting the proceedings overseas

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Kicked in the Sh*tter review at Hope Theatre, London – ‘well-meaning but artificial’ by Paul Vale

Following on from their critical success with Sid, author Leon Fleming and director Scott Le Crass turn their attention to the gaping

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Jodie Prenger in Shirley Valentine at Richmond Theatre review – ‘satisfying revival’ by Paul Vale

It’s 30 years since Willy Russell introduced audiences to Shirley Valentine, the put-upon Liverpool housewife who rediscovers her zest for life on

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Black Is the Colour of My Voice review at Brasserie Zedel, London – ‘stunning vocals’ by Paul Vale

Singer and playwright Apphia Campbell has been performing her one-woman show about Nina Simone since 2013, but after performances in Brighton, Shanghai

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

A Dark Night in Dalston at the Park Theatre, London – ‘a meandering two-hander’ by Paul Vale

Author Stewart Permutt has written plays for a Celia Imrie, Lesley Joseph and the late Miriam Karlin, all strong character actors with

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Monday, March 13, 2017

Southern Baptist Sissies review at Above the Stag, London – ‘passion and sensitivity’ by Paul Vale

Last year, Gene David Kirk’s production of Jay Paul Deratany’s play, Haram Iran, for Above the Stag, explored the events leading to

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story on Stage review at Churchill Theatre, Bromley – ‘lazy and unimaginative’ by Paul Vale

When Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story on Stage opened in the West End in 2006, it had the highest advance sales

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

John Cleese’s Bang Bang review at Mercury Theatre, Colchester – ‘laugh-out-loud moments’ by Paul Vale

The first production of the Mercury’s Made in Colchester 2017 season is undoubtedly a bit of a coup. A relatively unknown play

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Cilla and the Shades of the 60s review at Towngate Theatre, Basildon – ‘upbeat, but slight’ by Paul Vale

Liverpool’s very own Cinderella, Cilla Black came from a working-class background but went on to become a major British singing star, before forging a

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Monday, February 27, 2017

Chigger Foot Boys review at Tara Theatre, London – ‘richly textured’ by Paul Vale

In writing Chigger Foot Boys, author Patricia Cumper wanted to pay tribute to the African and Caribbean soldiers who lost their lives

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Let It Shine Episode 8: The winning band is announced by Paul Vale

After eight weeks of rather convoluted heats and eliminations and an even more erratic guest judge line-up, the BBC’s Let It Shine

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

A Passionate Woman review at the Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham – ‘thoughtfully directed’ by Paul Vale

Director Paul Milton’s choice of A Passionate Woman might seem a little out of step in the Everyman’s repertoire, but Kay Mellor’s

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