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The Double Dealer, Orange Tree
© Robert Day
Theatre, Drama

‘The Double Dealer’ review

icon-location-pin Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond
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If we go with the kind of heavy-handed punning ‘The Double Dealer’ favours, this revival of William Congreve’s rarely performed Restoration comedy could also be called ‘Laughs Laboured Lost’…

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The Messiah, The Other Palace
© Robert Day
Theatre, Comedy

‘The Messiah’ review

icon-location-pin The Other Palace, St James's Park
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First seen in 1983, Patrick Barlow’s spoof on the nativity story, as performed by two hapless, over-earnest am-dram types and an opera singer, is always newly updated and devised when re-staged…

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Theatre, Panto

‘Sleeping Beauty’ review

icon-location-pin Theatre Royal Stratford East, Stratford
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We all know the story of Sleeping Beauty – the cursed princess who pricks her finger and sleeps for one hundred years…

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Peter Pan, Park Theatre, 2018
© Chris Gardner
Theatre, Drama

‘Peter Pan’ review

icon-location-pin Park Theatre, Finsbury Park
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JM Barrie’s original 1904 play ‘Peter Pan’ feels like a pretty twee period piece these days; you can understand director Jonathan O’Boyle’s urge to update it…

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Nine Night, West End 2018
© Helen Murray
Theatre, Drama

‘Nine Night’ review

icon-location-pin Trafalgar Studios, Whitehall
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The fact that actor Natasha Gordon's debut play as a writer is the first by a black British woman to hit the West End is both wonderful and shaming…

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Doctor Faustus, Globe
© Marc Brenner
Theatre, Shakespeare

‘Doctor Faustus’ review

icon-location-pin Shakespeare's Globe, South Bank
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Making a deal with the devil is arguably a pretty weighty business. Contracts signed in blood, eternal damnation, all that…

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Theatre, Drama

‘Uncle Vanya’ review

icon-location-pin Hampstead Theatre, Swiss Cottage
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The most distinctive thing about this revival of Anton Chekhov’s ‘Uncle Vanya’ is that it is very funny…

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Drip, Bush Theatre, 2018
© Sam Taylor
Theatre, Musicals

‘Drip’ review

icon-location-pin Bush Theatre, Shepherd's Bush
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Liam’s joined the synchronised swimming team. But Liam can’t swim. That’s the basic idea behind Tom Wells and Matthew Robbins’s one-man musical, ‘Drip’…

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Theatre, Panto

‘Aladdin’ review

icon-location-pin Hackney Empire, Hackney
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After their absence from last year’s decidedly tepid ‘Cinderella’, Hackney Empire has got two of its best panto performers back for its twentieth festive extravaganza…

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Theatre, Musicals

‘The Band’ review

icon-location-pin Haymarket Theatre Royal, Soho
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Remember Take That? Well, hold onto those memories because songs aside, there’s precious little of the ’90s boyband in Gary Barlow’s jukebox musical ‘The Band’, which trundles into the West End after a lengthy UK tour…

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