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Friday, January 17, 2020

Falling in Love Again review at King’s Head Theatre, London – ‘clunky play about Edward VIII’s abdication’ by Julia Rank

Ron Elisha’s play Falling in Love Again is pure conjecture, imagining what might have happened if Marlene Dietrich, a German film star

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Monday, December 23, 2019

Pippi Longstocking review at Royal and Derngate, Northampton – ‘non-stop, anarchic fun’ by Julia Rank

With Greta Thunberg being celebrated as Time Magazine’s Person of the Year, it feels fitting to hail another uniquely intrepid Swedish girl

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Tuesday, December 17, 2019

42nd Street review at Upstairs at the Gatehouse, London – ‘smartly scaled-down staging’ by Julia Rank

“It’s musical comedy – the two most glorious words in English,” declares 42nd Street’s director Julian Marsh when trying to persuade heartbroken

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CinderElla review at NST City, Southampton – ‘an enchantingly staged new musical’ by Julia Rank

In Michael Fentiman’s and Barnaby Race’s new musical CinderElla, the heart of the story is the intergenerational friendship between the widowed Ella

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

One Million Tiny Plays About Britain review at Jermyn Street Theatre, London – ‘a patchwork state of the nation’ by Julia Rank

Craig Taylor’s series of sketches was published in the Guardian several years before Britain became defined by Brexit. The stage version of

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Singin’ in the Rain review at the Mill at Sonning – ‘music, glamour and charm’ by Julia Rank

Singin’ in the Rain is a fitting Christmas musical for a venue that’s surrounded by water. It wouldn’t usually be a compliment

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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Candida review at Orange Tree Theatre, London – ‘high-energy revival of early Bernard Shaw’ by Julia Rank

Candida is the fourth early George Bernard Shaw play to be presented at the Orange Tree Theatre by Paul Miller since 2014.

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Stray Dogs review at Park Theatre, London – ‘old-fashioned and clunky’ by Julia Rank

Olivia Olsen’s play is based on the life of Russian poet Anna Akhmatova, who was admired in equal measures by the intelligentsia

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

All’s Well That Ends Well review at Jermyn Street Theatre, London – ‘moody, musical staging’ by Julia Rank

Though its title has become a platitude, All’s Well That Ends Well remains one of Shakespeare’s lesser-known plays. This ‘problem play’ charts

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Thursday, October 10, 2019

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes review at Union Theatre, London – ‘frothy and enjoyable’ by Julia Rank

Most people will probably think of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes as the film in which Marilyn Monroe (in a role originated by Carol

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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

The Silver Lake review at Hackney Empire, London –’Kurt Weill collectors’ piece’ by Julia Rank

Although playwright Georg Kaiser was Kurt Weill’s collaborator for The Silver Lake, James Conway’s production for English Touring Opera still feels thoroughly

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Monday, September 23, 2019

The Dong with a Luminous Nose review at Little Angel Theatre, London – ‘strikingly surreal’ by Julia Rank

The Little Angel Theatre doesn’t shy away from presenting children’s shows imbued with melancholic elements. Edward Lear used ‘nonsense’ verse as a

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Friday, September 20, 2019

Black Chiffon review at Park Theatre, London – ‘a bit of a hidden gem’ by Julia Rank

The title Black Chiffon suggests something rather racy and Elinor Glyn-esque. In Lesley Storm’s 1949 play, the titular nightgown is an ‘exotic

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

The Strange Case of Jekyll and Hyde review of Jack Studio Theatre, London – ‘an overwrought update’ by Julia Rank

Having previously presented adaptations of Frankenstein and Dracula, writer and director Ross McGregor turns his attention to Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange

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Friday, September 6, 2019

R’Otello: The Rugby Opera review at Bridewell Theatre – ‘muddled operatic mash-up’ by Julia Rank

Opera and sport both involve feats of technical prowess, dramatic climaxes and intense fervour among their fans. R’Otello, presented by London-based Samoan

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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Skin in the Game review at Old Red Lion, London – ‘unflinchingly bleak’ by Julia Rank

Three estranged siblings are forced to come together to sell their father’s flat for his care home bills. As well as the

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Macbeth review at Temple Church, London – ‘elegant and controlled’ by Julia Rank

While the medieval Temple Church is associated with Magna Carta and filled with effigies of Knights Templar, it is the domestic elements

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Monday, August 12, 2019

Showtune review at Union Theatre, London – ‘Fitfully fun but flimsy tribute to Jerry Herman’ by Julia Rank

Showtune, also the title of Jerry Herman’s autobiography, is a revue that provides exactly what it says on the tin in terms

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Thursday, August 8, 2019

Evita Review at Open Air Theatre, London – ‘Eva Peron for the social media age’ by Julia Rank

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s and Tim Rice’s bold, brash 1978 ‘rock opera’ Evita is the ultimate star-making vehicle. The triple-threat performer playing Eva

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Friday, August 2, 2019

Shackleton’s Carpenter review at Jermyn Street Theatre, London – ‘soporific voyage’ by Julia Rank

Gail Louw’s play takes the form of a one-sided conversation with a ghost. Harry McNish was the carpenter on board the Endurance

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Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Noises Off review at Lyric Hammersmith – ‘generous-hearted revival of Michael Frayn’s classic farce’ by Julia Rank

When the lights blew during Jeremy Herrin’s production of Noises Off, it wasn’t yet another misstep in farce-within-a-farce Nothing On – rather

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Hamlet review at St Paul’s Church, London – ‘conceptual excess’ by Julia Rank

To celebrate a decade of presenting Shakespeare at St Paul’s Church in Covent Garden, Daniel Winder’s Iris Theatre is staging Hamlet. The

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Friday, June 21, 2019

After Dark; Or, a Drama of London Life review at Finborough, London – ‘curious slice of Victoriana’ by Julia Rank

‘Melodrama’ has become synonymous with far-fetched coincidences and indulgent emotions. Phil Willmott’s entertaining production of Dion Boucicault’s 1868 play After Dark; Or,

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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Napoli, Brooklyn review at Park Theatre, London – ‘warm performances’ by Julia Rank

Inspired by her mother’s experiences growing up in a large Italian-American family, Meghan Kennedy’s play Napoli, Brooklyn (set in 1960 and performed

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Monday, June 3, 2019

The Importance of Being Earnest review at Watermill Theatre, Newbury – ‘a summer treat’ by Julia Rank

Kate Budgen’s production of Oscar Wilde’s evergreen comedy The Importance of Being Earnest is one of warmth and laughter – a chance

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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Henry V review at Barn Theatre, Cirencester – ‘fresh, intelligent, high-energy production’ by Julia Rank

Hal Chambers’ fresh, contemporary and pacy staging of Shakespeare’s play of pageantry and patriotism takes a hard look at the ugliness of

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Thursday, May 9, 2019

The Reality review at Cervantes Theatre, London – ‘an impressive performance’ by Julia Rank

In The Reality, a one-woman, two-character play by Uruguayan playwright Denise Despeyroux, Maite Jáuregui plays identical twin sisters. One appears live on

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Monday, April 29, 2019

Jane Clegg review at Finborough Theatre, London – ‘a sensitive production’ by Julia Rank

Written at the height of the suffrage movement in 1913, St John Ervine’s Jane Clegg contains echoes of Ibsen’s A Doll’s House.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Queen of the Mist review at Jack Studio Theatre, London – ‘hauntingly beautiful’ by Julia Rank

In 1901, when Anna Edson Taylor, a widowed 60-something teacher on the brink of destitution, became the first person to go over

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Monday, April 15, 2019

The Marvelous Wonderettes review at Upstairs at the Gatehouse, London – ‘performed with heart and warmth’ by Julia Rank

Few shows can be more highly gendered than The Marvelous Wonderettes, The design, by Emily Bestow, is ultra-feminine: the four young female

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Monday, April 1, 2019

Maggie May review at Finborough Theatre, London – ‘a committed revival of Lionel Bart’s gloomy musical’ by Julia Rank

Inspired by an 18th-century ballad, the titular Maggie May in Lionel Bart’s 1964 Liverpool-set musical is the archetypal dockside ‘brass’ with a

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