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Theatre, Drama

‘Emilia’ review

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It is worth saying straight off that Morgan Lloyd Malcolm’s epic work of historical agitprop, ‘Emilia’, had one of the most enthusiastic crowds I’ve seen at the Globe – whoops, cheers, belly laughs, a standing ovation, you name it, it got it…

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Theatre, Children's

‘The Star Seekers’ review

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Prepare the foot fuel device, the Star Seekers are GO! Cue the stamping of dozens of little feet, manically intent on helping to launch a rocket…

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Josh Barrow in 'Silk Road' at Trafalgar Studios
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Theatre, Drama

‘Silk Road (How To Buy Drugs Online)’ review

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Directed by Dominic Shaw, Alex Oates's story of a teenager who gets sucked into the world of online drug-trading is the very first play to be (aptly) funded by Bitcoin investments. It focuses on Bruce, an unlikely tech genius from Tyneside…

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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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Tyrone Huntley (the Academic) and Harry McEntire (the Writer)
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Theatre, Drama

'Homos, Or Everyone in America' review

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It’s odd not being fully seen, isn’t it? ‘Homos, or Everyone in America’ is staged in-the-round, with the audience sat right on the edge of the performance space…

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Aristocrats, Donmar
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Theatre, Drama

‘Aristocrats’ review

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Brian Friel’s 1979 play ‘Aristocrats’ has a distinctly Chekhovian ring to its set up…

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Spiral, Park Theatre
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Theatre, Drama

‘Spiral’ review

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Tom’s daughter has been missing for six months – and counting. Desperate for solace, Tom hires an escort who bears an uncanny resemblance to his daughter…

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Bring It On, Southwark Playhouse
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Theatre, Musicals

‘Bring It On’ review

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One of the best ever high school movies, given a musical makeover by Lin-Manuel Miranda? OMG! But ‘Bring It On’ gets a notably low-key UK premiere in this fringe production by the British Theatre Academy…

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The Importance of Being Earnest, Classic spring
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Theatre, Comedy

‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ review

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Few plays seem less likely candidates for a radical queer rewrite than 'The Importance of Being Earnest’, the latest of Oscar Wilde’s works to be exhumed by Dominic Dromgoole’s Classic Spring company…

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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, Puppetry

Puppet Theatre Barge

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Moored at lovely Little Venice, this intimate water-borne theatre is the setting for quality puppet shows that put a modern twist on traditional tales and kids’ classics. Movingstage, a touring puppet company established in 1979, anchored here in 1982 and has since produced critically acclaimed marionette and animation shows for a mini 55-seat audience. The barge is here from October to July, with regular performances on Saturday and Sunday and a daily schedule during school holidays. The barge moves to Richmond from August. Discover more great things to do in Little Venice

Venue says We're in Richmond for the summer season! 'Red Ridinghood' is a witty retelling of the traditional story and runs until September 30.

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