Review: A Family Business, Omnibus Theatre - smartly performed but connection issues
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by Rev Stan
5d ago
A Family Business by Chris Thorpe. Photography by Andreas J. Etter. A Family Business is based on conversations with academics, activists and diplomats, and is part interactive educational lecture on nuclear weapons and part drama about the campaign for nuclear disarmament. Writer and performer Chris Thorpe takes the part of ..read more
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Review: Ralph Fiennes and Indira Varma in Macbeth, Dock X
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by Rev Stan
1w ago
Ralph Fiennes and Indira Varma's Macbeth is being staged in an industrial warehouse in Canada Water, south east London, which means there is space around the auditorium to start setting the scene. As you step in from the dockside entrance, there are banners emblazoned with an 'M' and the sound ..read more
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Review: 10 Nights, Omnibus Theatre - well-paced, funny and warm
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by Rev Stan
2w ago
The 10 nights of the title of Shahid Iqbal Khan play refers to itikaf, spending the last 10 days of Ramadan at the Mosque. The idea is to cut yourself off from worldly affairs, focus on prayer and read the Quran. Yassar (Azan Ahmed) is always on TikTok, gets drunk ..read more
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Review: A Mirror, Trafalgar Theatre - truth and lies in theatre
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by Rev Stan
3w ago
Tanya Reynolds and Samuel Adewunmi in A Mirror at the Trafalgar Theatre - photo by Marc Brenner The wedding between Layla and Joel is back on, having found a new venue at the Trafalgar Theatre. Sam Holcroft's play A Mirror, which won rave reviews when it opened at the Almeida ..read more
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Review: Cockfosters, The Turbine Theatre - fun and peculiar
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by Rev Stan
1M ago
Cockfosters, The Turbine Theatre January 2024 Described as a surreal comedy, Cockfosters at The Turbine Theatre is set on the Piccadilly line and centres on a man and a woman who get on at Heathrow. Both are returning from trips abroad, and they strike up a conversation, which is surreal ..read more
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Theatre in 5 questions: Mark Down & Ben Keaton, co-writers/directors, The Sex Lives of Puppets, Southwark Playhouse
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by Rev Stan
2M ago
What inspired theatre co-writers/directors Mark Down and Ben Keaton to create The Sex Lives of Puppets? I sat down with Mark and Ben ahead of the opening night at the Southwark Playhouse to find out more about Blind Summit's latest production and their theatre work. Here's what they had to ..read more
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2023 theatre round up - top 10 favourite plays (and 4 least favourite)
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by Rev Stan
2M ago
It feels like theatre returned with a splash in 2023 after the dark days of Covid. I saw 62 and a half plays (64 and a half, including second viewings) across London's plethora of theatres, from tiny pubs to big West End stages. Here are my favourite 10 plays ..read more
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Review: Ulster American, Riverside Studios - lacks subtlety to give it real punch
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by Rev Stan
2M ago
Louisa Harland (Ruth Davenport) Andy Serkis (Leigh Carver) and Woody Harrelson (Jay Conway) in Ulster American at Riverside Studios. Photo by Johan Persson If you've seen David Ireland's Cyprus Avenue, which had a sell-out run at the Royal Court a few years ago, you can tell Ulster American is written ..read more
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Review: The Motive and the Cue, Noel Coward Theatre - sharp, funny and delicious to watch
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by Rev Stan
2M ago
Mark Gatiss as John Gielgud and Johnny Flynn as Richard Burton in The Motive and the Cue, Noel Coward Theatre 2023. © Mark Douet There's a scene in Jack Thorne's play The Motive and the Cue when Johnny Flynn is playing Richard Burton, doing an impression of Sir John Gielgud's ..read more
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Review: Rock 'n' Roll, Hampstead Theatre - less talk more feeling, please
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by Rev Stan
2M ago
Nathaniel Parker & Jacob Fortune-Lloyd in Rock 'n' Roll, Hampstead Theatre 2023. Photo Manuel Harlan Cards on the table, I don't always get on with Tom Stoppard's plays. I love Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead but have yet to find another of his plays that resonates or connects with me ..read more
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