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Doctor Faustus – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Director: Dominic Hill Playwrights: Christopher Marlowe and Colin Teevan Reviewer: Rosie Revell [Rating:4] The Doctor Faustus currently on show at West Yorkshire Playhouse is every bit as dark and comically tragic as author Christopher Marlowe intended back in 1604 when the show was first performed. The scenes definitely attributed to Marlowe are skilfully bookended with specially commissioned new scenes by ...

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True West – Vaudeville Theatre, London

Writer: Sam Shepard Director: Matthew Dunster Reviewer: Maryam Philpott After a stint in a long-running TV show, a lot of actors head for the theatre almost immediately - the stage is their shop window, a chance to show the casting agents and creatives that the character they have been playing for years is only a fraction of what they can ...

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Midnight: A New Musical  – Union Theatre, London

Book and Lyrics: Timothy Knapman Music and Lyrics: Laurence Mark Wythe Director: Kate Golledge Reviewer:  Richard Maguire Based on a play by the Azerbaijani playwright Elchin, this new musical is reminiscent of both Dr. Faustus and An Inspector Calls, with even a few nods to A Christmas Carol.  Midnight is a dark and comic moral tale of what happens when you sell ...

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Mozart and Salieri – Old Joint Stock, Birmingham

Composer/Libretto: Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov Musical Director: Andrew Charity Stage Director: Pamela Schermann Reviewer: John Kennedy Tonight’s performance, another first for the Old Joint Stock Theatre (OJS), reaffirms their ‘reverse-Tardis’ ethos - small on the inside/big thinking outside the box. London-based Time Zone Theatre, renowned for their eclectic and derring-do repertoire, premiere this seven venue tour at the OJS closing with an ...

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Faust x 2 – Watermill Theatre, Newbury

Adaptors and Translators: Ian McDiarmid and Philip Wayne Director: Lisa Blair Reviewer: David Jobson The story of Faustus selling his soul to the Devil never ceases to intrigue. It has spawned countless adaptations, including Marlowe and Gothe’s plays. It is a goldmine of moral and mythical themes for writers and directors to delve in (and perhaps show off a bit of ...

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27: The Rise of a Falling Star – Cockpit Theatre, London

Music, Book and Lyrics: Sam Cassidy Music: Matt Wills Directors: Arlene Phillips and Sam Cassidy Reviewer: Maryam Philpott It’s not often the glitterati are tempted away from the West End to a fringe theatre outside the bounds of Zone 1, but the opening night of 27: The Rise of a Falling Star had them flocking to the Cockpit Theatre north ...

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Jelly Beans – Theatre 503, London

Writer and Director: Dan Pick Reviewer: Maryam Philpott   One of the most important purposes of the London fringe is to offer-up a range of voices, ones that tell us about stories, cultures and people that are often under-represented. Visiting the West End is frequently a middle-class affair with its umpteenth revival of Hayfever that can seem a million miles ...

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Comeback! The Karl Marx Musical – Upstairs at the Gatehouse, London

Writers: Maximilian Reeg, Steffen Lukas, Tobias Kunzel Director: Harry Meacher Reviewer: Maryam Philpott   Comrades! The spirit of Karl Marx has risen in Highgate, and he’s returned to retract his thesis on capitalism to help a banker recoup his lost earnings after a recent financial crash. That probably doesn’t sound like something Marx would do, a bizarre suggestion perhaps, but ...

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