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Landmark Productions and Galway International Arts Festival present the World Premiere of 'Ballyturk', written and directed by Enda Walsh, starring Cillian Murphy, Mikel Murfi and Stephen Rea. Ballyturk runs at Galway Internationa

Pictured Cillian Murphy Landmark Productions and Galway International Arts Festival present the World Premiere of 'Ballyturk', written and directed by Enda Walsh, starring Cillian Murphy, Mikel Murfi and Stephen Rea. Ballyturk runs at Galway Internationa Patrick Redmond +353872600976

Ballyturk

  • Rated as: 4/5

Fans of Samuel Beckett, Buster Keaton, the TV show ‘Lost’ and ’80s electro pop will all find something to enjoy in Enda Walsh’s wilfully cryptic, gorgeously poetic and clownish new play.Highly strung, sweaty Cillian Murphy and fractionally less highly strung and sweaty Mikel Murfi are two men with no names, living in a strange, ramshackle room. At the start, Murphy is singled out under a spotlight, babbling his way through a weird, unsettling story about a town called

  1. National Theatre, Lyttelton South Bank, SE1 9PX
  2. Tue Sep 23 - Sat Oct 11
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  1. Linbury Studio Theatre Bow Street, Covent Garden, WC2E 9DD
  2. Tue Sep 23 - Sat Sep 27
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Doctor Scroggy's War

  • Rated as: 3/5
  1. Shakespeare's Globe New Globe Walk, Bankside, SE1 9DT
  2. Fri Sep 26 - Fri Oct 10
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  1. Arcola Theatre 24 Ashwin St, E8 3DL
  2. Tue Sep 23 - Sat Oct 11
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  1. Jacksons Lane Archway Road, Highgate, N6 5AA
  2. Tue Sep 23 - Sat Oct 4
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Long Story Short

  • Rated as: 3/5
  1. Charing Cross Theatre 3 The Arches, Villiers St, WC2N 6NL
  2. Tue Sep 23 - Sat Oct 11
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Sequence 8

  • Rated as: 3/5
  1. Sadler's Wells Rosebery Avenue, EC1R 4TN
  2. Tue Sep 23 - Sat Oct 4
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These Are Your Lives

  • Rated as: 3/5
  1. The Yard Theatre White Post Lane, E9 5EN
  2. Tue Sep 23 - Sat Oct 4
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The Wolf from the Door

  • Rated as: 3/5
  1. Royal Court Theatre Sloane Square, SW1W 8AS
  2. Tue Sep 23 - Sat Nov 1
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Anna Nicole

  • Rated as: 3/5
  1. Royal Opera House Bow St, WC2E 9DD
  2. Wed Sep 24
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Breeders

  • Rated as: 3/5
  1. St James Theatre 12 Palace St, SW1E 5JA
  2. Tue Sep 23 - Sat Oct 4
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The Dreaming

  • Rated as: 4/5
  1. Union Theatre 204 Union St, SE1 OLX
  2. Tue Sep 23 - Sat Sep 27
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An Enemy of the People

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Critics choice
  1. Barbican Centre Silk St, EC2Y 8DS
  2. Wed Sep 24 - Sun Sep 28
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Forbidden Broadway

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Critics choice
  1. Vaudeville Theatre 404 The Strand, WC2R 0NH
  2. Tue Sep 23 - Sat Nov 22
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Fully Committed

  • Rated as: 4/5
  1. Menier Chocolate Factory 53 Southwark St, SE1 1RU
  2. Tue Sep 23 - Sat Nov 15
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King Charles III

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Critics choice
  1. Wyndham's Theatre Charing Cross Road, WC2H 0DA
  2. Tue Sep 23 - Sat Jan 31
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The Play That Goes Wrong

  • Rated as: 3/5
  1. Duchess Theatre 3-5 Catherine Street, WC2B 5LA
  2. Wed Sep 24 - Sun Feb 1
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True West

  • Rated as: 3/5
  1. Tricycle 269 Kilburn High Rd, NW6 7JR
  2. Tue Sep 23 - Sat Oct 4
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  1. Orange Tree Theatre Clarence Street, TW9 2SA
  2. Tue Sep 23 - Sat Oct 4
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Elizabeth W
Elizabeth W

'Click!' at the Ophelia Theatre, Dalston is fantastic. A black comedy about two girls, Elle and Erm, who discover Elle has a magical superpower- the ability to be happy with just a click. Cannot recommend it highly enough. On until Sunday.

alan
alan

Just been to see Michael Finestein at the Palace theatre in London. The show which is part of Londons Festival of Cabaret also included Elaine Paige and Julian Ovenden. Michael was fantastic singing songs from the Great Amercian songbook from such writers as George and Ira Gershwin, Cole Porter and Jerry Herham. His talent and knowledge of this music is unsurpassed and he gave a truly wonderful performance.

Lia
Lia

I bought tickets to see Phantom of the Opera through lastminute.com that were advitised as second price stalls or royal grand stand for £50. The seats I was asigned were actually restriced view and were misrepresented on the lastminute site. When I complain to the company, with picture evidence, they refused to admit that the seats were ristricted view. Both the theatre and lastminute are selling these tickets and fooling the public. Be aware it will definately spoil your enjoyment!

Simon
Simon

How could Time Out give Birthday the honour of being show of the week?? Either the offering that week in London was abysmal, or the reviewer had been smoking something very mind altering, because certainly not even "easily pleased from Welwyn Garden City" could have honestly thought this play was good. It was second-rate British TV sitcom from the beginning to end. A laboured premise (if you'll excuse the pun), cardboard characterisation (e.g. midwife and registrar) and not one funny line in the whole play. A disaster! Don't go!

Tony
Tony

Duchess of Malfi- Old Vic: Visually stunning production but at 3 1/4 hours Mr. Spacey needs to talk to Jamie Lloyd - who seems like one of those children, who given too many toys for Christmas insists on playing with all of them at once. Webster's plotting is pedantic at best and it does not do to allow the audience to dwell on the leaps of time and logic that bedevil the text. Mr. Lloyd instists on explaining everything - slowly, directly and with deliberate focus. But what has kept the play in focus for the past 400 years is the language in all its beauty and epigramatic magnificence. Eve Best is wonderful and her transformations from duchess to lover, to mother, to victim and back to duchess again are clear and emotionally satisfying. Her brothers offer less clarity and compelling complexity. Harry Lloyd in particular, offered none of the perverted sexual power that drives him to lust after his sister while seeking her death to secure his release from his guilt. Understudy Adam Burton did well with the cardinal, but was perhaps more clinical than debauched. Fynbar Lynch brought an unexpected celtic quality to his Bosola and I missed his sense of ambition and secret power. His redemptive moments were however compelling and he held the narrative together beautifully. One last note - I think that the design elements of this play - while offering the standard Jacobean shape of curtained discovery space and multiple balconies made brilliant use of the theatres vast proscenium opening - truly magnificent.