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Thursday, February 13, 2020

Far Away review – Jessica Hynes brings humour to short, sharp horror by Miriam Gillinson

Donmar Warehouse, London The real world slides away with frightening ease and pace in Caryl Churchill’s masterclass of tension Twenty years on from its premiere, Far Away still feels like …

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Saturday, February 1, 2020

What to see this week in the UK by Andrew Pulver, Michael Cragg, John Fordham, Andrew Clements, Jonathan Jones, Miriam Gillinson and Lyndsey Winship

From The Lighthouse to The Haystack, here’s our pick of the best films, concerts, exhibitions, theatre and dance over the next seven days Continue reading...

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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Sex/Crime review – lust, shock and despair in role-play thriller by Miriam Gillinson

Soho theatre, LondonTwo men reimagine the acts of a serial killer in Alexis Gregory’s dark play about love, loneliness and longing Writer Alexis Gregory has described his show Sex/Crime as…

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Saturday, January 25, 2020

What to see this week in the UK by Andrew Pulver, Sophie Harris, John Fordham, Andrew Clements, Jonathan Jones, Miriam Gillinson and Lyndsey Winship

From The Personal History of David Copperfield to Madonna, here’s our pick of the best films, concerts, exhibitions, theatre and dance over the next seven days Continue reading...

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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Faces in the Crowd review – Valeria Luiselli adaptation is strikingly imaginative by Miriam Gillinson

Gate theatre, LondonJimena Larraguivel stars in a clever and evocative but confusing version of Luiselli’s multi-stranded novel about a woman who feels unseen Here’s a story full of ghos…

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Friday, January 17, 2020

Les Misérables review – just hear these people sing! by Miriam Gillinson

Sondheim theatre, London With a cast that never misses a note, the West End’s longest-running musical proves a haunting and thrilling inspiration What’s the sign that you’ve seen a gre…

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What to see this week in the UK by Andrew Pulver, Sophie Harris, John Fordham, Andrew Clements, Jonathan Jones, Miriam Gillinson and Lyndsey Winship

From Waves to Beat Horizon, here’s our pick of the best films, concerts, exhibitions, theatre and dance over the next seven days Continue reading...

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Friday, December 27, 2019

What to see this week in the UK by Andrew Pulver, Michael Cragg, John Fordham, Andrew Clements, Jonathan Jones, Miriam Gillinson and Lyndsey Winship

From Jojo Rabbit to Craig David, here’s our pick of the best films, concerts, exhibitions, theatre and dance over the next seven days Continue reading...

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Thursday, December 12, 2019

The Last Noël review – carols, hope and regret capture the Christmas spirit by Miriam Gillinson

Old Fire Station, OxfordChris Bush’s beautifully crafted show is comforting and uplifting with just enough kick for those who find festive theatre too saccharine Call me Scrooge, but I’m…

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

A Taste of Honey review – sweet songs and sour love by Miriam Gillinson

Trafalgar Studios, LondonJodie Prenger sings her heart out in an atmospheric revival of Shelagh Delaney’s classic play about an unlucky-in-love mother and daughter Words such as “raw” …

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Monday, December 9, 2019

One Million Tiny Plays About Britain review – a nation speaks by Miriam Gillinson

Jermyn Street theatre, LondonCraig Taylor’s jumble of micro-playlets – some just a few seconds long – coalesce into a layered, comic, moving portrait of everyday life in the UK Listeni…

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Friday, December 6, 2019

Gypsy review – Sondheim staged with surprising tenderness by Miriam Gillinson

Royal Exchange, ManchesterThe classic musical about performance, in all its chaotic glory, gets a warm-hearted production from Jo Davies Gypsy has been described as the King Lear of musical …

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Thursday, December 5, 2019

Little Red Riding Hood review – my, what big imaginations they have! by Miriam Gillinson

Derby theatreHiccup theatre’s clever take on the fairytale is full of music, puppetry, surprising twists, witty dialogue and madcap energy Hiccup Theatre’s family shows always take you …

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Friday, November 29, 2019

Wild Goose Dreams review – endearing online-offline romance by Miriam Gillinson

Ustinov Studio, Bath Hansol Jung’s play brings the distracting, confusing noise of the internet to a funny and sensitive story of lonely hearts in Seoul The internet is so fully realised i…

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Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Hunger review – hope and heartbreak on the breadline by Miriam Gillinson

Arcola, LondonAdapted from Knut Hamsun’s first-person novel, Fay Lomas’s production is an empathetic and frightening look at a writer whose senses begin to turn on him as he falls into p…

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Friday, November 22, 2019

What to see this week in the UK by Andrew Pulver, Michael Cragg, John Fordham, Andrew Clements, Jonathan Jones, Miriam Gillinson and Lyndsey Winship

From Frozen II to Anselm Kiefer, here’s our pick of the best films, concerts, exhibitions, theatre and dance over the next seven days (Jennifer Lee, Chris Buck, 2019, US) 103 mins Continue…

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Thursday, November 21, 2019

Canterville Ghost review – spirited haunted-house shenanigans by Miriam Gillinson

Unicorn theatre, LondonThis take on Oscar Wilde’s story of a family moving into their spooky new home is a child-friendly blend of gothic horror and quirky comedy There’s a little bit fo…

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Friday, November 8, 2019

Easy review – an unfiltered snap of teenage agonies by Miriam Gillinson

Blue Elephant theatre, LondonRobyn Wilson is superb as a 16-year-old facing a daunting rite of passage in Amy Blakelock’s poignant one-woman play I know Alice. I think I pretty much was Al…

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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Dirty Crusty review – sex, secrets and ballet test the body's limits by Miriam Gillinson

The Yard, LondonClare Barron plays with what a dancer can do by showing a young woman in crisis using dance moves, sex games and drunken nights to liberate herself Dirty Crusty is about ball…

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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Little Baby Jesus review – Arinzé Kene's thrilling teens triumph by Miriam Gillinson

Orange Tree theatre, LondonStandup, storytelling and poetry combine in this brilliant show about an inner-city trio on the verge of adulthood Here is a play that will be racing through you, …

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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

A Museum in Baghdad review – two views of Iraq, 80 years apart by Miriam Gillinson

Swan theatre, Stratford-upon-AvonHannah Khalil’s play frames Iraq’s history through the eyes of real characters, but feels like a missed opportunity A black-and-white photograph on displ…

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Thursday, October 10, 2019

The Monstrous Heart review – blood, fury and a talking dead bear by Miriam Gillinson

Stephen Joseph theatre, ScarboroughA mother and daughter reunite and fight in Oliver Emanuel’s high-octane play, but it feels rushed and remote Gareth Nicholls directed Crocodile Fever at …

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Sunday, October 6, 2019

Islander: A New Musical review – two voices bring a bustling world to life by Miriam Gillinson

Southwark Playhouse, LondonBethany Tennick and Kirsty Findlay weave theatrical magic in this entrancing tale of the last child left on a remote island What an exceptionally thoughtful new mu…

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Friday, October 4, 2019

King John review – blood and popcorn spill in riches to rags thriller by Miriam Gillinson

Swan theatre, Stratford-upon-AvonPolitics is all about preening in this pulsing production of Shakespeare’s rare history Shakespeare’s King John is rarely performed but, on the basis of …

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Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Assassins review – Sondheim skewers America with a bucket of chicken by Miriam Gillinson

Watermill, NewburyThis is a punchy revival of the icily ironic 90s musical about assassination attempts on US presidents Assassins is almost certainly the musical we deserve right now, but i…

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Friday, September 27, 2019

Valued Friends review – Stephen Jeffreys' play about the property boom is cannily constructed by Miriam Gillinson

Rose theatre, KingstonSet in the 80s, this character-led comedy drama features fine performances, but is all just a bit too deliberate Imagine a time when five grand had a significant impact…

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Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Rebel Music review – when Birmingham rocked against racism by Miriam Gillinson

Birmingham RepPacked with punk and reggae tracks, Robin French’s bold new play about racial tensions in 70s Britain hits some high notes Amid the fraught racial tensions of the stifling Br…

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Monday, September 23, 2019

The Dong with a Luminous Nose review – a lovely load of nonsense by Miriam Gillinson

Little Angel theatre, LondonThis imaginative adaptation delights in the sounds and sensations of Edward Lear’s peculiar poem about a lonely boy The stage is filled with puppets that seem t…

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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

As You Like It review – musical take on Shakespeare inspires and thrills by Miriam Gillinson

Queen’s theatre, HornchurchShaina Taub turns the Bard’s words into ingenious melodic mashups in a rousing community production A brutish leader hands his crown to his benevolent brother…

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Friday, August 2, 2019

Mr Gum and the Dancing Bear review – children's musical is a sticky mess by Miriam Gillinson

Dorfman theatre, LondonAndy Stanton’s adaptation of his own children’s books is packed with eccentricity and verbal flourishes – all at the expense of the story This is no ordinary fam…

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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Kiss Me, Kate review – joyfully makes a virtue out of its limitations by Miriam Gillinson

Watermill theatre, NewburyA multitalented cast bring gleeful spontaneity and big laughs to Paul Hart’s bold production, with choreography by Oti Mabuse ‘Brush up your Shakespeare, start …

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