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Thursday, March 5, 2020

Oliver Twist review at Leeds Playhouse – ‘lively, inclusive adaptation of Charles Dickens’ novel’ by Natasha Tripney

Inclusion is embedded in the work of Ramps on the Moon, the theatre consortium that programmes work that centres D/deaf and disabled

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Natasha Tripney: Storyhouse’s success proves the benefits of removing barriers from social spaces by Natasha Tripney

There is no box office counter at Storyhouse. Nor is there a reception desk. There’s nothing and no one to stop people

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Monday, March 2, 2020

Pretty Woman review at Piccadilly Theatre, London – ‘cynical musical version of the hit romcom’ by Natasha Tripney

Even in 1990 Pretty Woman proved divisive. Reviewing it in Time magazine, Richard Corliss somewhat sniffily suggested an equivalence between its protagonists

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Top 5 theatre shows to see this week (March 2-8) by Natasha Tripney

Trainers – Gate Theatre, London In its 40th year, the Gate Theatre continues to programme formally inventive work, in this case US

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Friday, February 28, 2020

Women Beware Women review at Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London – ‘stylish production of Middleton’s Jacobean tragedy’ by Natasha Tripney

Thomas Middleton’s play begins where many would end, with a young man bringing his new wife home. Women Beware Women plunges into

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Blue Stockings review at Storyhouse, Chester – ‘a talented young cast’ by Natasha Tripney

Storyhouse’s rep season continues with a revival of Jessica Swale’s play about a group of young women fighting to gain a Cambridge

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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Notch review at the Vaults, London – ‘solo show exploring the horrors of homelessness’ by Natasha Tripney

A young woman leaves an unnamed war-riven Slavic country for a new life in Dublin. But she falls through the cracks, ends

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Monday, February 24, 2020

Top 5 theatre shows to see this week (February 24-March 1) by Natasha Tripney

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? – Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol David Mercatali – a director who’s something of an expert in intensity

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Friday, February 21, 2020

James McNicholas: The Boxer review at Soho Theatre, London – ‘touching and funny solo show’ by Natasha Tripney

Terry Downes was a world middleweight boxing champion known in his day as the “Paddington Express”. James McNicholas, the sports writer, comedian

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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

A Number review at Bridge Theatre, London – ‘diluted production of Caryl Churchill’s kaleidoscopic play’ by Natasha Tripney

Written in 2002, A Number is often described as Caryl Churchill’s ‘cloning’ play, but it’s so much more than that. It’s as

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Natasha Tripney: There is no one way to stage Shakespeare by Natasha Tripney

At last week’s Critics Circle Awards, Juliet Stevenson, receiving an award for her performance in Robert Icke’s production of The Doctor, argued

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Monday, February 17, 2020

Top 5 theatre shows to see this week (February 17-23) by Natasha Tripney

I Think We Are Alone – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh Scott Graham and Kathy Burke co-direct Frantic Assembly’s touring production of a new

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Friday, February 14, 2020

Natasha Tripney: Exploring trauma on stage can make for powerful theatre but it can also take its toll by Natasha Tripney

It’s the time of year when a large section of London’s theatre community relocates underground to the dank caverns and pungent tunnels

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Thursday, February 13, 2020

Far Away review at Donmar Warehouse – ‘vivid, chilling, dread-filled’ by Natasha Tripney

Caryl Churchill’s Far Away is a short play, but it’s not a small play: it’s global in scope, untethered by time, part

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Nora: A Doll’s House review at Young Vic, London – ‘poetic and ambitious reimagining of Ibsen’ by Natasha Tripney

In her fresh take on Ibsen’s 1879 play about a woman trapped in a stifling marriage, Stef Smith splits Nora’s story into

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Monday, February 10, 2020

Top 5 theatre shows to see this week (February 10-16) by Natasha Tripney

Nora: A Doll’s House – Young Vic, London Stef Smith’s re-imagining of Ibsen’s play visits three Noras – played by Amaka Okafor,

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Thursday, February 6, 2020

Brazil’s Coletiva Ocupação on When It Breaks It Burns: ‘Theatre helps us to handle oppression’ by Natasha Tripney

Fifteen young, Brazilian performers are at the heart of a show at Battersea Arts Centre, which charts the movement that swept through

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Monday, February 3, 2020

Top 5 theatre shows to see this week (February 3-9) by Natasha Tripney

Ask Me Anything – Live Theatre, Newcastle-upon-Tyne The Paper Birds’ gently immersive new show takes its inspiration from the agony aunts of

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Thursday, January 30, 2020

Night of the Living Dead – Remix review at Leeds Playhouse – ‘technically audacious recreation of a cult horror film’ by Natasha Tripney

Spawning numerous sequels, remakes and homages, George A Romero’s micro-budget 1968 movie changed the horror genre forever. His vision of a relentless

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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Faustus: That Damned Woman review at Lyric Hammersmith, London – ‘ambitious, idea-filled, if uneven’ by Natasha Tripney

Faustus has been cast as a woman before – at Shakespeare’s Globe in 2018 – but Chris Bush’s idea-stuffed reimagining of the

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Monday, January 27, 2020

Top 5 theatre shows to see this week (January 27-February 2) by Natasha Tripney

The Sugar Syndrome – Orange Tree Theatre, London Following the acclaimed production of Lucy Prebble’s A Very Expensive Poison, Oscar Toeman directs

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Friday, January 24, 2020

Uncle Vanya review at the Harold Pinter Theatre, London – ‘polished and lucid adaptation’ by Natasha Tripney

Uncle Vanya feels like such a natural fit for Toby Jones that it’s a wonder he hasn’t played the role before now.

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Thursday, January 23, 2020

The Welkin review at the National Theatre, London – ‘ambitious, gripping and richly textured’ by Natasha Tripney

Lucy Kirkwood is a writer who continually tests and stretches herself, shifting from workplace satire to butcher-shop dystopia to an intense promenade

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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie review at Apollo Theatre, London – ‘new lead brings fresh energy’ by Natasha Tripney

New year. New class. Dan Gillespie Sells and Tom MacRae’s uplifting musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie enters its third year in the

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Natasha Tripney: Are no-readmittance policies in theatre taking the piss? by Natasha Tripney

For many people, no matter how deep their love of theatre, the phrase “90 minutes, no interval” is still one of the

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Monday, January 20, 2020

Top 5 theatres shows to see this week (January 20-26) by Natasha Tripney

Scenes With Girls – Royal Court, London The Royal Court starts the year with a new play by Miriam Battye about female

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Thursday, January 16, 2020

The Strange Tale of Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel review at Wilton’s Music Hall, London – ‘expressive physical comedy’ by Natasha Tripney

Chaplin Chapin and Stan Laurel arrived in the United States on the same ship. They’d both honed their slapstick skills as part

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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

London’s Vault Festival 2020: what are the best shows to see? by Natasha Tripney

London’s subterranean arts festival gets bigger every year. Occupying a series of tunnels under Waterloo Station and increasingly spilling out into the

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Monday, January 13, 2020

Top 5 theatre shows to see this week (January 13-19) by Natasha Tripney

Scrounger – Finborough Theatre, London Athena Stevens stars in her new play about the realities of living as a disabled person in

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Thursday, January 9, 2020

Magic Goes Wrong review at Vaudeville Theatre, London – ‘Mischief Theatre’s entertaining fusion of magic and comedy’ by Natasha Tripney

The potential for things going wrong is a fundamental part of any magic act. The best magicians use it to their advantage;

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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Natasha Tripney: Why sky high theatre bar prices are more than just a pain in the wallet by Natasha Tripney

“I’m sorry. How much?” I asked, assuming I must have misheard, but no. £20 for two normal sized, in no way remarkable

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