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Theatre, Experimental

‘Super Duper Close Up’ review

icon-location-pin The Yard Theatre, Hackney Wick
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The Yard seems to have got verrrry into shows about the aching vacuity of modern life lately, and live art duo Made in China strike again with a smart, stylish look at social media and self-loathing, the anxiety bubbling away beneath carefully composed surfaces…

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Macbeth, Shakespeare's Globe
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Theatre, Shakespeare

‘Macbeth’ review

icon-location-pin Shakespeare's Globe, South Bank
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Things are constantly going bump in the night in director Robert Hastie’s intimate staging of ‘Macbeth’. Voices hum, whispers fill the air, and strange knockings turn the entire wooden structure of the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse into a haunted mansion, glimmering in dirtied mirrors and candlelight…

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Theatre, Drama

‘A Small Place’ review

icon-location-pin Gate Theatre, Notting Hill
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In 1988, New Yorker writer Jamaica Kincaid wrote a letter to her editor, William Shawn, to explain ‘where I came from’ – Antigua, a Caribbean island colonised by the British, who imported African slaves…

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Theatre, Musicals

‘Hadestown’ review

icon-location-pin National Theatre, South Bank
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Already lined up to transfer to Broadway in 2019, it would be pretty embarrassing for all involved if Rachel Chavkin’s musical theatre staging of Anaïs Mitchell’s massively acclaimed 2010 ‘folk opera’ album ‘Hadestown’ was recieved less than rapturously at the NT for what is, effectively, its warm up for New York…

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Theatre, Drama

‘Pinter Three’ review

icon-location-pin Harold Pinter Theatre, Soho
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Three shows in and the bills in Jamie Lloyd’s ‘Pinter at the Pinter’ season have a striking similarity to modern pop albums: there’s the advertised content, and then there are the inevitable bonus tracks…

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Theatre, Comedy

‘Don Quixote’ review

icon-location-pin Garrick Theatre, Covent Garden
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Humour's a notoriously finicky thing: jokes that had seventeeth century Spanish courtiers snorting into their ruffs aren't guaranteed to get West End audiences rolling in the aisles…

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'Vessel' at Battersea Arts Centre
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Theatre, Experimental

‘VESSEL’ review

icon-location-pin Battersea Arts Centre, Battersea
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What is a vessel? It can mean a ship, a curved container used to hold liquid, or a person who is used for a particular purpose…

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Theatre, Experimental

‘Lands’ review

icon-location-pin Bush Theatre, Shepherd's Bush
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Sophie Steer must have calves of steel. She must have quads of pure granite. Because for almost all of ‘Lands’, the 90-minute long hit fringe show from Bush Theatre associate artists Antler, she’s bouncing up and down on a mini trampoline (a trampette, as Google has just told me)…

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Theatre, Children's

‘Mirabel’ review

icon-location-pin Ovalhouse, Kennington
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Well this is weird. Chris Goode, who is a bit of a big dog in the world of radical fringe theatre, has returned with his first solo show since 2014, ‘Mirabel’ and I have absolutely no idea what to make of it…

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