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‘Red’ review

4 out of 5 stars
Recommended

Finally bagging itself a West End transfer a hefty nine years after its hit run at the Donmar Warehouse, Michael Grandage’s production of John Logan’s ‘Red’ has lost none of its power over the decade…

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Wyndham's Theatre , Covent Garden Until Saturday July 28 2018
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‘Effigies of Wickedness’ review

4 out of 5 stars

In 1933, the Nazi party swept to power in Germany and promptly banned music by Jews, black people and the so-called ‘degenerates’ who had fuelled the Weimar Republic’s legendary cabaret scene…

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Gate Theatre , Notting Hill Until Saturday June 9 2018

‘Nightfall’ review

3 out of 5 stars

I don’t believe any of rising-star playwright Barney Norris’s tender, elegiac plays have played a venue bigger than the 180-seat Bush before…

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Bridge Theatre , Bermondsey Tuesday May 29 2018 - Sunday June 3 2018
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‘Mood Music’ review

3 out of 5 stars

Taking a brief break from his hit Netflix show ‘Mindhunter’, playwright Joe Penhall’s ‘Mood Music’ is a zeitgeisty psychodrama somewhat improbably revolving around two musicians arguing over writing credits…

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Old Vic , Southwark Until Saturday June 16 2018

‘Sensacional’ review

4 out of 5 stars

A lot of light- and sound-based theatre for the very young tends to be difficult to distinguish from the sort of ‘sensory’ stuff you’d find down your local playgroup…

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Unicorn Theatre , London Bridge Until Sunday July 1 2018
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‘Effigies of Wickedness’ review

4 out of 5 stars

English versions of songs banned by the Nazis, a collaboration between the Gate Theatre and English National Opera that forms the ambitious climax of director Ellen McDougall’s bracing first year in charge of the Notting Hill Theatre…

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Gate Theatre , Notting Hill Until Saturday June 9 2018
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‘Red’ review

4 out of 5 stars
Recommended

Finally bagging itself a West End transfer a hefty nine years after its hit run at the Donmar Warehouse, Michael Grandage’s production of John Logan’s ‘Red’ has lost none of its power over the decade…

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Wyndham's Theatre , Covent Garden Until Saturday July 28 2018

Schism

2 out of 5 stars

The world needs authentic stories about disability, and ‘Schism’ is as authentic as they come…

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Park Theatre , Finsbury Park Until Saturday June 9 2018
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‘Red’ review

4 out of 5 stars
Recommended

Finally bagging itself a West End transfer a hefty nine years after its hit run at the Donmar Warehouse, Michael Grandage’s production of John Logan’s ‘Red’ has lost none of its power over the decade…

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Wyndham's Theatre , Covent Garden Until Saturday July 28 2018

Absolute Hell

4 out of 5 stars
Recommended

Playwright Rodney Ackland’s depiction of vibrant, seedy, tragic Soho at the fag end of WW2 effectively ended the playwright’s career…

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National Theatre , South Bank Tuesday June 12 2018 - Saturday June 16 2018
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Quiz

5 out of 5 stars
Recommended

Here we go. For £100*, is James Graham’s new play ‘Quiz’: A) a wryly funny piece of early noughties nostalgia that fondly looks back with some amusement at a once-massive, but now only dimly remembered episode in British cultural history…

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Noël Coward Theatre , Covent Garden Until Saturday June 16 2018
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‘Brief Encounter’ review

4 out of 5 stars
Recommended

Clearly not one to sulk into her P45, Emma Rice has opted to fill the time between her controversial departure from the Globe and the launch of her new company by bringing back one of her most beloved Kneehigh hits…

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Empire Haymarket , St James' Tuesday May 29 2018 - Sunday September 9 2018
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42nd Street

4 out of 5 stars
Recommended

To start with, the red curtain rises just a foot off the stage. And it artfully reveals the star attraction of this mind-blowingly lavish revival of a classic Broadway musical…

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Theatre Royal Drury Lane , Covent Garden Until Saturday October 20 2018

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

4 out of 5 stars
Recommended

In the unlikely event you were worried a leap to the stage for JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series would result in it becoming aggressively highbrow, self-consciously arty or grindingly bereft of magical high jinks, just chill the hell out, muggle…

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Palace Theatre , Soho Wednesday May 30 2018 - Sunday January 13 2019
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felicity b

Cinderella in Chiswick House Gardens is great!  Went tonight, it was a breath of fresh air without cheesy jokes, but with ballerina mice dancing, an acrobatic lizard, singing and dancing - Inearly forgot, the magician throughout.  Topped off with a sprinkling of snow at the end. 

Company as called Humdalila Productions I think.  Only on in December.