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Theatre, Musicals

‘Little Shop of Horrors’ review

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The already gloriously OTT tale of Audrey II, the rampaging man-eating plant, and those unlucky enough to fall into her feeding range gets an extra twist in Maria Aberg’s exuberant open-air production of ‘Little Shop of Horrors’…

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Theatre, Shakespeare

‘Othello’ review

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For the best part of 400 years, ‘Othello’ been treated as a tragedy about a black man, Othello, driven out of his mind by the racist scheming of his supposed friend, Iago…

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Theatre, Comedy

‘Home, I'm Darling’ review

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Fans of swooshy skirts and classic cars, watch out. If ‘Posh’ playwright Laura Wade’s sharp domestic satire is to be trusted, they’re gateway drugs…

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Theatre, Shakespeare

‘King Lear’ review

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Plenty of great actors don’t even notch up a single ‘King Lear’. Ian McKellen joins the rare ranks of those who’ve decide that for whatever reason what they’d really like to do is to take on the title role of Shakespeare’s cracked tragedy of madness and old age twice…

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Theatre, Drama

‘A Monster Calls’ review

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Patrick Ness’s ‘A Monster Calls’ is one of the great young adult fiction novels of our time, a devastating articulation of the fury that comes with grief, bound up in a nifty magical realist chassis…

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Theatre, Drama

‘The Lieutenant of Inishmore’ review

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Interview: Aidan Turner on terrorism and cats While it is a source of constant, bang-your-head-on-the-wall frustration that Martin McDonagh’s masterpiece ‘The Pillowman’ is yet to receive the West End revival it patently serves, this will bloody well do in the meantime…

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Theatre, Musicals

‘Fun Home’ review

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If there are two things the Americans make us looks like absolute amateurs at, it’s dementedly self-destructive domestic politics and musical theatre…

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Theatre, Musicals

‘Caroline, or Change’ review

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It’s Louisiana, 1963. Change is in the air, in theory. But household maid Caroline is still stuck in a stuffy basement, pulling loose change from her employers’ pockets…

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Theatre, Drama

‘Brief Encounter’ review

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Clearly not one to sulk into her P45, Emma Rice has opted to fill the time between her controversial departure from the Globe and the launch of her new company by bringing back one of her most beloved Kneehigh hits…

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Theatre, Drama

‘The Inheritance’ review

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‘The Inheritance’ is the definition of a big ask: the world premiere of a two-part, seven-hour play by Matthew Lopez, a US writer Brit audiences are unlikely to have heard of…

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