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Romeo and Juliet – Temple Church, London

Romeo & Juliet - Antic Disposition

Writer: William Shakespeare Direction: Ben Horslen, John Risebero Choreography: Richard Jones Reviewer: Lucy Thackray Antic Disposition’s Romeo and Juliet is performed in the atmospheric Temple Church, built by the Knights Templar in the 12th century. You find it via an intriguing, windy route through this area (notable for the Royal Courts of Justice and many other legal chambers) and into ...

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1984 – Citizens Theatre, Glasgow

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Writer: George Orwell Adaptation & Direction: Robert Icke & Duncan Macmillan Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Arriving in Glasgow on a wave of five-star reviews, Headlong's sell-out production of 1984 at the Citizens Theatre would seem to promise much, but the question is, does it deliver? The answer, thankfully, is a resounding yes. Theatrical productions that genuinely have the power to move ...

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The Eye of a Needle – Southwark Playhouse, London

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Writer: Chris MacDonald Director: Holly Race-Roughhan Designer: Fly Davis Reviewer: Ann Bawtree The “Needle” of the title of Chris MacDonald’s play is the United Kingdom with the “Eye” being the Immigration Department. The characters are two Ugandans, one male one female, a Nigerian man, and a man from Jamaica all in their twenties and thirties. They are all desperate to ...

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Anna Weiss – The Space, London

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Writer: Mike Cullen Director: Abigail Pickard Price Reviewer: Nichola Daunton   The second production from new theatre company KiteHigh, Anna Weiss is an intense and disturbing play about the complexities of memory and whether absolute truth is ever really possible. Written by Mike Cullen in the 90s, when False Memory Syndrome was regularly in the headlines, Anna Weiss tells the ...

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Quentin Crisp: Naked Hope – St James Studio, London

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Writer: Mark Farrelly Director: Linda Marlowe Reviewer: Maryam Philpott   Quentin Crisp had an incredibly varied and exuberant life. Growing up in the more repressive atmosphere of the 1920s and 30s, Crisp (always open about his sexuality) began life as a journalism student, moved briefly into prostitution before finding work as an artists’ model during the Second World War. Later, ...

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Heartbreak House – The Abbey Theatre, Dublin

HEARTBREAK HOUSE - The Abbey Theatre

Writer: George Bernard Shaw Director: Rosin McBrinn Reviewer: Cormac O'Brien It was with much trepidation that this reviewer took his seat in the Abbey last night. Having been in love with George Bernard Shaw’s Heartbreak House for nigh-on thirty years now, ever since an enlightened secondary-school teacher performed a miracle by bringing Shaw’s 1920 masterpiece to life for a group ...

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Top Hat – Milton Keynes Theatre

TOP HAT THE MUSICAL DRESS REHEARSAL

Book: Dwight Taylor and Allan Scott Music and Lyrics: Irving Berlin Director: Matthew White Reviewer: Natasha Hegarty Fresh from its successful West End run and on the back of winning three Olivier Awards, Top Hat entertains in every possible way. The musical is an adaptation of the 1935 film, which starred Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers and was nominated for ...

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Double Death – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Double Death

Writer: Simon Williams Director: Philip Stewart Reviewer: Ann Bawtree Since its foundation in 2001 the Talking Scarlet Company has produced a variety of shows ranging from Waiting for Godot, The Wind in the Willows, Oh What a Lovely War and Boeing-Boeing. Already this year amongst other titles, they have produced plays by Terence Rattigan and Agatha Christie.  Therefore it is ...

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