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Strangers on a Train – Richmond Theatre, London

two men talking at a bar

Writer: Patricia Highsmith Adaptor: Craig Warner Director: Anthony Banks Reviewer: Joanna Trainor Is there such a thing as the perfect murder? Based on the 1950 novel by Patricia Highsmith, Craig Warner’s adaptation of Strangers on a Train comes to Richmond. When Guy Haines (Call the Midwife’s Jack Ashton) clinks glasses with fellow train passenger Charles Bruno (Chris Harper), he cannot ...

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Stud  – Vault Festival, London

Writer and Director: Paloma Oakenfold Reviewer: Richard Maguire The Vault Festival has now reached its halfway point, and, so far, has proved to be the place to see exciting new writing. The Festival is also hosting some courageous shows concerned with gay men in sport. Two weeks ago we had Gypsy Queen, which explored the relationship between two gay boxers, ...

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The B*easts  – The Bush, London

Writer: Monica Dolan Director: John Hoggarth Reviewer: Richard Maguire It may take a while to understand the point of the asterisk in the title of this show, but once you’ve figured it out, it gives you a clear clue to what this play is about. Even in 2018, the word is still considered by some to be a dirty word, ...

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Carmen 1808 – Union Theatre, London

Book and Lyrics: Phil Willmott Director: Phil Wilmott Music: Georges Bizet Arranger: Teddy Clements Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty The original opera is a relatively bleak production. Death, loneliness and danger stalk throughout the love story at its core. This vibrant reimagining manages to somehow increase the shadow of violence and yet come out as a vibrant, energetic and charismatic show. This ...

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Find Your Way Home – Etcetera Theatre, London

Writer: John Hopkins Director: Stuart Clarke Reviewer: Richard Maguire Don’t be fooled by the poster for Find Your Way Home. The photographs of a man’s six-packed torso and a woman’s sensuous lipsticked mouth suggest that this show will be steamy and sexy. Unfortunately, this is far from the truth. John Hopkins’ play written in 1970 was once praised for its ...

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Catherine and Anita – King’s Head Theatre, London

Writer and Director: Derek Ahonen Reviewer: Maryam Philpott One of the most famous TV theme tunes of all time repeated the line “I’ll be there for you” over and over again, because being supportive no matter what is one of the core requirements of true friendship. Whatever your friend has done, you take their side, listen to their version of ...

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Somewhere a Gunner Fires – King’s Head Theatre, London

Writer and director: Tom Stuchfield Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Debuting in the centenary of the end of World War I, Tom Stuchfield’s play Somewhere a Gunner Fires, set in that conflict, has gestated for over ten years, its characters developing as the play was worked and reworked. It certainly shows. The play’s two central characters – Spencer, an English private (played ...

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Again – Trafalgar Studios 2

Writer: Stephanie Jacobs Director: Hannah Price Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty Feeling like a bit of sci-fi combined with familiar strife, Again ticks some great boxes but leaves some important ones passed over. The audience in the Trafalgar Studio’s downstairs space are voyeurs to a small family, injured by the parents’ divorce and struggling to keep it all together. On the male ...

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