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Monday, March 20, 2017

Blowin’ in the Wind review at the Chickenshed, London – ‘impassioned and committed’ by Stuart Gidden

Never let it be said that Chickenshed lacks ambition. This fierce ode to civil rights movements, taking the Bob Dylan protest song

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Friday, February 10, 2017

Trumpets and Raspberries review at Chickenshed, London – ‘moments of hilarity’ by Stuart Gidden

Lou Stein’s frenetic and occasionally hilarious production of the late Dario Fo’s verbally dense Trumpets and Raspberries marks the first performance of

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Monday, December 5, 2016

Adventure to Oz review at Chickenshed, London – ‘vibrant, heartwarming and inclusive’ by Stuart Gidden

This is seasonal fare with a difference. Chickenshed has delivered all the elements of a festive family show you might expect –

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Michael Linnit: ‘50% of Sweeney Todd audience is new to ENO’ by Stuart Gidden

Half of those who have booked to see Sweeney Todd at London’s Coliseum are first-time visitors to English National Opera, the show’s

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Sweet Charity among productions announced in Ipswich New Wolsey 2015 season by Stuart Gidden

Ipswich’s New Wolsey Theatre has announced its season for 2015, which includes a new production of musical Sweet Charity. Cy Coleman’s Sweet

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Obituaries: Obituary: John Bardon by Stuart Gidden

John Bardon was 30 before he turned professional, and nearly twice that age when he found himself suddenly famous as Jim Branning in EastEnders. During the decade and more he spent in Walfor…

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Friday, September 5, 2014

Othello , Drayton Arms Theatre, London by Stuart Gidden

Drayton Arms Theatre, London: Transplanting Shakespeare's play from the Venetian republic to the sleazy underworld of "Casino Venice", replete with blackjack tables and singin…

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Jezebel , Soho Upstairs, Soho Theatre, London by Stuart Gidden

Soho Upstairs, Soho Theatre, London: A surprisingly sweet comedy about a sexually frustrated couple's decision to engage in a threesome, Irish company Rough Magic's Jezebel stimula…

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Friday, August 1, 2014

Much Ado About Nothing , Lion and Unicorn Theatre, London by Stuart Gidden

Lion and Unicorn Theatre, London: The intimate Lion and Unicorn's Much Ado imposes itself on its in-the-round audience like a boisterous teenager: admirable for its energy and irreveren…

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Tabard: Mamma mia, what a range by Stuart Gidden

Opera singers returning to work after having a baby: you might have thought the greatest challenge would be the gruelling touring schedule or the evening performances on minimal sleep. But t…

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Chit Chat: Suchet dons little grey skirt by Stuart Gidden

Typecasting is a fear (and some may argue, luxury) for many an actor, but some deal with it in more adventurous ways than others. While many performers choose to distance themselves from a c…

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Monday, April 7, 2014

Richard III, Rose Playhouse, London by Stuart Gidden

Rose Playhouse, London: Maxine Peake, watch out: in an ambitious but unfocused production at this historic site, the eponymous Leicester car park long-stayer is performed by not one but four…

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Friday, February 7, 2014

Doctor Faustus, The Rose Playhouse, London by Stuart Gidden

The Rose Playhouse, London: In a sparse, one-man production that combines atmospheric intimacy with a gripping performance, Doctor Faustus returns to the original Rose Playhouse, Bankside, w…

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Friday, April 5, 2013

Marlborough Road, Hen and Chickens, London by Stuart Gidden

Hen and Chickens, London: A vibrant comic piece adopting Ayckbourn's tears-behind-the-laughter sensibilities, Marlborough Road hits the right note from the get-go, as loose woman Mel (g…

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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Top Story, The Old Vic Tunnels, London by Stuart Gidden

The Old Vic Tunnels, London: A beautiful but banal newsreader (Josephine Kime) breezily broadcasts the titular scenario of Sebastian Michael's existential comedy - a meteor the size of …

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