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The King of Hell’s Palace, Hampstead Theatre 2019
© Ellie Kurttz
Theatre, Drama

‘The King of Hell’s Palace’ review

icon-location-pin Hampstead Theatre, Swiss Cottage
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In 1992, Dr Shuping Wang and her colleagues reported a hepatitis epidemic in the People’s Republic of China, discovered through batches of contaminated blood given by donors looking to make money through selling their plasma…

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Theatre, Musicals

‘Fame the Musical’ review

icon-location-pin Peacock Theatre, Holborn
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Almost 40 years since the original film, 37 since the TV show, and 31 since the theatrical version was first staged, it increasingly looks like ‘Fame’ really might live forever…

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Theatre, Drama

‘A Doll’s House’ review

icon-location-pin Lyric Hammersmith, Hammersmith
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Rachel O’Riordan’s maiden season at the Lyric opens with a big, bold, postcolonial take on ‘A Doll’s House’ from Tanika Gupta…

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Preludes, Southwark Playhouse
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Theatre, Musicals

‘Preludes’ review

icon-location-pin Southwark Playhouse, Elephant & Castle
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American writer and lyricist David Malloy’s ‘Preludes’ isn’t straightforwardly about a man who makes music. It manages to burrow inside his music and inside his head…

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Theatre, Drama

‘Amsterdam’ review

icon-location-pin Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond
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A Jewish violinist is thrilled with her city-centre, canal-view Amsterdam apartment. Then, a huge gas bill amounting to thousands of euros is slid under her door…

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Caroline Horton performs 'All of Me', which transfers to The Yard in September 2019
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Theatre, Experimental

‘All of Me’ review

icon-location-pin The Yard Theatre, Hackney Wick
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It’s astonishing, watching this overwhelming, at times almost unbearable one-woman show to think that Caroline Horton is the same artist who first made a splash at the Fringe nine years ago…

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Total Immediate Collective Imminent Terrestrial Salvation, 2019
© Eoin Carey
Theatre, Experimental

‘Total Immediate Collective Imminent Terrestrial Salvation’ review

icon-location-pin Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square
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Tim Crouch essentially only writes plays about writing plays, and in doing so he’s not headed down an indulgent cul de sac but crafted one of the most thrilling bodies of work in contemporary British theatre…

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Until the Flood, Traverse, Arcola, 2019
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Theatre, Fringe

‘Until the Flood” review

icon-location-pin Arcola Theatre, Dalston
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US poet and performer Dael Orlandersmith’s quasi docu-play ‘Until the Flood’ is a quietly devastating examination of the fallout from the death of Michael Brown…

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Torch Song, Turbine Theatre
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Theatre, Drama

‘Torch Song’ review

icon-location-pin Turbine Theatre, Battersea
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Like Arnold, the gay Jewish drag queen at its centre, Harvey Fierstein’s LGBT classic ‘Torch Song’ is an anxious, wistful piece of writing, spilling over with rapid-fire patter…

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Chiaroscuro, Bush Theatre
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Theatre, Drama

‘Chiaroscuro’ review

icon-location-pin Bush Theatre, Shepherd’s Bush
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Lynette Linton’s first show as artistic director of the Bush is also the latest play in the theatre’s ongoing ‘Passing the Baton’ series, dedicated to restaging neglected or forgotten works by artists of colour…

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