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Theatre, Drama

‘Three Sisters’ review

icon-location-pin Almeida Theatre, Barnsbury
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Just over a year ago, the then-obscure director Rebecca Frecknall made a massive splash with her debut show for the Almeida, a revival of the Tennessee Williams obscurity ‘Summer and Smoke’…

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Theatre, Drama

‘A German Life’ review

icon-location-pin Bridge Theatre, Bermondsey
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Twelve years after she retired from the stage, Dame Maggie Smith, 84, has returned…

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Room, Enda Walsh, Barbican
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Theatre, Interactive

‘Rooms’ review

icon-location-pin Barbican Centre, Barbican
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Sometimes, in a grand museum, you’ll see a whole room, contents and all, uprooted and carefully preserved - as a specimen of a certain era of interior design, or a record of a renowned artist’s working methods…

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‘Toast’ review

icon-location-pin The Other Palace, St James's Park
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Consider this ‘Nigel Slater: The Origin Story’. Reaching The Other Palace via Manchester’s The Lowry – where it premiered in 2018 – and the Edinburgh Fringe, ‘Toast’ is playwright Henry Filloux-Bennett’s loving adaptation of the food writer’s acclaimed memoir of the same name…

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Theatre, Circuses

‘A Simple Space’ review

icon-location-pin Underbelly Festival, South Bank
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Circus is tricky to get right, and not just on a practical, technical level…

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‘Pah-La’ review

icon-location-pin Royal Court Theatre, Belgravia
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‘Pah-La’ was announced in an unusual way: by its writer, Abhishek Majumdar, kicking off on social media when the Royal Court failed to programme it in its 2017 season…

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Theatre, Drama

‘Intra Muros’ review

icon-location-pin Park Theatre, Finsbury Park
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Any piece of theatre that includes an impersonation of exceptionally bad theatricals has its work cut out…

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Mouthpiece, Soho Theatre
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Theatre, Drama

‘Mouthpiece’ review

icon-location-pin Soho Theatre, Soho
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What responsibility does an artist have to the people whose stories they tell? 

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Theatre, Drama

‘Top Girls’ review

icon-location-pin National Theatre, South Bank
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Last week, the National Theatre sparked a furious backlash when its latest season announcement included no new plays by women…

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