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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Dynamo: ‘After my illness, returning to magic in small rooms was the perfect way back’ by Tim Bano

The magician wowed TV audiences with spectacular feats then took to arena tours, before Crohn’s disease laid him low. Now he’s back,

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

The Nightingales review at Theatre Royal Bath – ‘a great performance from Ruth Jones’ by Tim Bano

It’s 12 years since Gavin and Stacey’s Ruth Jones was last on stage. This play by William Gaminara, touring ahead of a

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

White Teeth review at Kiln Theatre, London – ‘enjoyable adaptation of Zadie Smith’s novel’ by Tim Bano

There must have been a reason why this didn’t open the newly done up Kiln Theatre in September. Parts of Zadie Smith’s

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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

A Very Very Very Dark Matter review at Bridge Theatre, London – ‘a very big disappointment’ by Tim Bano

Like The Pillowman, Martin McDonagh’s supreme 2003 play, his latest work is also about a storyteller – in this case Hans Christian

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Monday, October 22, 2018

Guys and Dolls review at Royal Albert Hall – ‘concert staging of a classic musical’ by Tim Bano

The Royal Albert Hall has done musical spectaculars before. The 10th anniversary production of Les Mis, the 25th anniversary of Phantom, the

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Company starring Rosalie Craig and Patti LuPone review at the Gielgud Theatre – ‘astonishing’ by Tim Bano

Musicals before Company tended to have more of a plot. Maybe someone fell in love with a member of a rival gang,

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Friday, October 12, 2018

Porgy and Bess review at London Coliseum – ‘a superb cast’ by Tim Bano

This is the first time English National Opera has done Porgy and Bess, It’s a tricky show to pull off: written by

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

I’m Not Running review at National Theatre, London – ‘David Hare’s weak satire has nothing to say’ by Tim Bano

‘Running’ has a double meaning in this new play by David Hare: both the political sense of running for office and the

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Monday, October 8, 2018

Mythic review at Charing Cross Theatre, London – ‘heavenly pop musical’ by Tim Bano

Gods know where the idea came from, but Marcus Stevens and Oran Eldor’s pop musical uses the Greek pantheon and its myths

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Ramin Karimloo review at Leicester Square Theatre, London – ‘sweetness and intimacy’ by Tim Bano

Angel-voiced Ramin Karimloo always seems genuinely humble. It’s an incredibly endearing quality, but doesn’t always aid this kind of evening when the

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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Sketching review at Wilton’s Music Hall – ‘an ambitious multi-authored patchwork of London life’ by Tim Bano

Nine million Londoners. That’s a lot of stories to tell. Writer James Graham and director Thomas Hescott have attempted to collect some

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Director Brigid Larmour: ‘We need to embrace a theatrical culture that looks like our country’ by Tim Bano

As her all-female Much Ado About Nothing hits the stage, the artistic director of Watford Palace Theatre talks to Tim Bano about

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Monday, October 1, 2018

Hogarth’s Progress review at Rose Theatre, London – ‘a muddled double-bill’ by Tim Bano

Here’s art not for art’s sake, but for very little sake at all. Nick Dear’s portrait of a young, horned-up William Hogarth,

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Richard Twyman: ‘I’m intent on taking English Touring Theatre on a journey’ by Tim Bano

As the company celebrates its 25th anniversary, the award-winning director tells Tim Bano the occasion is giving him a chance to take

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

The Human Voice review at Gate Theatre, London – ‘drags despite being visually flashy’ by Tim Bano

To use only simple elements was Jean Cocteau’s aim for La Voix Humaine. “Not to rely too heavily on the production to

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Heathers the Musical review at the Theatre Royal Haymarket – ‘Carrie Hope Fletcher dazzles’ by Tim Bano

Heather, Heather and Heather. Not only supercool high school megabitches but, thanks to Daniel Waters and Michael Lehmann’s 1989 cult film, style

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Wasted review at Southwark Playhouse, London – ‘odd but superbly directed and performed’ by Tim Bano

The idea with Carl Miller and Christopher Ash’s willfully weird show is that the Brontes were like a rock band. The musical

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Holy Sh!t review at Kiln Theatre – ‘slow and slippery play about religion and the middle classes’ by Tim Bano

After wading through the daft protests outside the Kiln Theatre, the newly refurbished, rechristened building is beautiful. The auditorium feels wider and

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Thursday, September 6, 2018

The Humans review at Hampstead Theatre, London – ‘bitingly funny and overwhelmingly sad’ by Tim Bano

A few years ago twice Pulitzer-finalist Stephen Karam came across a risible self-help book called Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill.

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Thursday, August 23, 2018

Drip review at Roundabout, Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘sweet but slight musical about synchronised swimming’ by Tim Bano

Tom Wells is master of the adorkable. There’s a lovely, gentle, huggable quality to his plays. And that continues here, although perhaps

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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Pleasance director Anthony Alderson: ‘The secret is to make chaos look as natural as possible’ by Tim Bano

From humble beginnings, the Pleasance has risen to become one of the biggest venues at the world’s biggest arts event – the

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

We’ve Got Each Other review at Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh – ‘clever and funny one-man musical’ by Tim Bano

This isn’t a Jon Bon Jovi jukebox musical. Well it is and it isn’t. It’s definitely a very clever deconstruction and fond

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Loop review at Underbelly Cowgate, Edinburgh – ‘a razor-sharp script and four great performances’ by Tim Bano

Although Boxless makes physical theatre, the strongest moments in this piece about the impact of music on different generations come from the

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The Last Straw review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘deeply enigmatic and very watchable’ by Tim Bano

It’s apt for a show about fake news and the bombardment of information in the digital age that most of the time

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KillyMuck review at Underbelly Bristo Square, Edinburgh – ‘powerful monologue about poverty and class’ by Tim Bano

When it’s good, this is what the fringe excels at: a really tightly written, deftly performed monologue. And this is good. Growing

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The Myth of the Singular Moment review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘prickling with moments of profundity’ by Tim Bano

It’s a bit difficult to grasp, this. The idea that nothing has happened until it’s happened. And before that moment, infinite outcomes

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Mistero Buffo review at Underbelly Cowgate, Edinburgh – ‘magnificent production with an astounding performance’ by Tim Bano

It takes brass to tackle Mistero Buffo. Dario Fo’s twisted mystery play was a showcase for the late great man himself, as

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A Life on the Silk Road review at Zoo Southside, Edinburgh – ‘some wonderful moments’ by Tim Bano

A really brief note on the free sheet for this physical show by National Theatre of China says it’s about the life

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Monday, August 20, 2018

Gulliver Returns review at Underbelly Cowgate, Edinburgh – ‘inventive expansion of Swift’s novel’ by Tim Bano

As Lil points out at the beginning of this startling reinterpretation of Jonathan Swift’s satire, the only bit of Gulliver’s Travels people

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Hymns for Robots review at C Aquila, Edinburgh – ‘super-smart recreation of the life of a pioneer’ by Tim Bano

Earlier this year the BBC announced it was shutting down its Maida Vale studio. It’s a shame considering its incredible history, no

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The Flop review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘weird and wonderful musical farce’ by Tim Bano

It’s a winner, this combination of Hijinx and Spymonkey. Hijinx works brilliantly with actors who have learning disabilities, while masters of daftness

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