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Stories, Nina Raine
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Theatre, Drama

‘Stories’ review

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Anna is 39, with a slew of relationships behind her. She wants a child, but Tom, her latest failed boyfriend, has just talked himself out of it with tearful self-absorption…

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Theatre, Musicals

‘Company’ review

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Marianne Elliott’s production of Stephen Sondheim’s 1970 musical comedy ‘Company’ was announced at what felt like some point in the late Cretaceous Period…

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The Trench, Les Enfants Terribles, Southwark Playhouse
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Theatre, Drama

‘The Trench’ review

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Endlessly inventive theatre company Les Enfants Terribles have an extensive repertoire of solid shows to fall back on, a result of their celebrated, 17-year history…

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Theatre, Drama

‘The Inheritance’ review

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Transferring from a wildly successful Young Vic run to the West End, Matthew Lopez’s ‘The Inheritance’ is, in some ways, an unlikely success story…

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The Wider Earth, Natural History Museum 2018
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Theatre, Puppetry

‘The Wider Earth’ review

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We’re all so familiar with that photo of Charles Darwin – you know the one, it’s two-thirds beard – that we forget that the august father of the theory of evolution was ever a young, bright-eyed, idealistic man…

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'othellomacbeth' at Lyric Hammersmith
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Theatre, Drama

‘othellomacbeth’ review

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This double-bill of two condensed Shakespeare tragedies tantalises. In the first half, 'Othello' is radically chopped up so we only really get scenes with women, turning the play into a study of the way men use and abuse them…

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Theatre, Shakespeare

‘Measure for Measure’ review

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Games of spot the difference don't get much more highbrow than Donmar boss Josie Rourke's resolutely high concept take on Shakespeare's play…

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Theatre, Drama

‘I'm Not Running’ review

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David Hare's new play revolves around an NHS campaigner called Pauline, who may or may not be running for office…

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Mayerling, ROH
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Dance, Ballet

‘Mayerling’ review

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Sex, violence, power, madness, drug addiction, venereal disease – Kenneth MacMillan’s knockout ballet ‘Mayerling’ has it all…

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Theatre, Musicals

‘Twelfth Night’ review

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Kwame Kwei-Armah kicks off his tenure at the Young Vic with one he prepared earlier: a soufflé light but very fun musical take on William Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’…

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