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Show of the week

Behind the Beautiful Forevers

  • Rated as: 3/5

Would a writer of less stature than Sir David Hare have managed to get this over-stuffed behemoth of a play accepted by the National Theatre? Maybe not, but a stage version of ‘Behind the Beautiful Forevers’ kind of needs to be a mess to preserve the essence of the acclaimed non-fiction book it’s adapted from – Katherine Boo’s account of three years spent befriending the inhabitants of Mumbai’s Annawadi slum. Hare’s play is occasionally frustrating, but it’s to

  1. National Theatre, Olivier South Bank, SE1 9PX
  2. Fri Dec 12 - Mon Apr 13
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Accolade

  • Rated as: 3/5
  1. St James Theatre 12 Palace St, SW1E 5JA
  2. Wed Nov 26 - Sat Dec 13
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Blackout

  • Rated as: 3/5
  1. Hope Theatre 207 Upper St, N1 1RL
  2. Wed Nov 26 - Sat Dec 6
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Dusk

  • Rated as: 3/5
  1. Young Vic The Cut, SE1 8LZ
  2. Wed Nov 26 - Sat Nov 29
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Go See

  • Rated as: 2/5
  1. King's Head Theatre 115 Upper St, N1 1QN
  2. Wed Nov 26 - Sat Nov 29
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God Bless the Child

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Critics choice
  1. Royal Court Theatre Sloane Square, SW1W 8AS
  2. Wed Nov 26 - Sat Dec 20
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Hoke's Bluff

  • Rated as: 3/5
  1. Shoreditch Town Hall Old St, EC1V 9LT
  2. Wed Nov 26 - Sat Nov 29
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Howie the Rookie

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Critics choice
  1. Barbican Centre Silk St, EC2Y 8DS
  2. Wed Nov 26 - Sat Nov 29
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The Realness

  • Rated as: 3/5
  1. Hackney Downs Studios 13-17 Amhurst Terrace, E8 2BT
  2. Wed Nov 26 - Sat Dec 20
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Cans

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Critics choice
  1. Theatre 503 503 Battersea Park Rd, SW11 3BW
  2. Wed Nov 26 - Sat Nov 29
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Far Away

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Critics choice
  1. Young Vic The Cut, SE1 8LZ
  2. Wed Nov 26 - Sat Nov 29
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Not About Heroes

  • Rated as: 4/5
  1. Trafalgar Studios 14 Whitehall, SW1A 2DY
  2. Wed Nov 26 - Sat Dec 6
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The Prisoner's Dilemma

  • Rated as: 2/5
  1. Cockpit Theatre Gateforth St, NW8 8EH
  2. Wed Nov 26 - Sun Nov 30
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Siro-A

  • Rated as: 3/5
  1. Leicester Square Theatre 6 Leicester Place, WC2H 7BX
  2. Wed Nov 26 - Sun Jan 11
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La Soirée

  • Rated as: 4/5
  1. Spiegeltent at the South Bank Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX
  2. Wed Nov 26 - Sun Jan 11
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White Christmas

  • Rated as: 4/5
  1. Dominion Theatre 268-269 Tottenham Court Road, W1T 7AQ
  2. Wed Nov 26 - Sat Jan 3
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Wildefire

  • Rated as: 2/5
  1. Hampstead Theatre Eton Avenue, NW3 3EX
  2. Wed Nov 26 - Sat Nov 29
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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.