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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Mary Poppins review at Prince Edward Theatre, London – ‘distinctly lacking in magic’ by Tim Bano

Mary Poppins returns. No, not the Emily Blunt film, rather Cameron Mackintosh’s muddled stage musical, back in the Prince Edward Theatre after

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Actor Clare Halse: ‘I was learning how to graft eight shows a week – in a clown suit’ by Tim Bano

The musical theatre star is embracing all things festive and 1950s glamour in White Christmas, which starts its West End run at

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Sydney and the Old Girl review at Park Theatre – ‘tedious and unpleasant’ by Tim Bano

Eugene O’Hare’s debut play The Weatherman prompted mixed reactions when it premiered at London’s Park Theatre earlier this year. His follow-up is

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Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Death of a Salesman review at Piccadilly Theatre, London – ‘riveting, devastating, stunning’ by Tim Bano

Marianne Elliott and Miranda Cromwell’s take on Death of a Salesman captures the greatness of Arthur Miller’s play, and at the same

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Sunday, November 3, 2019

High Fidelity review at Turbine Theatre, London – ‘a bland pop musical lacking in charm’ by Tim Bano

It’s easy to see why you’d be tempted to turn Nick Hornby’s novel about a miserable guy who works in a record

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Thursday, October 31, 2019

Ghost Quartet review at Boulevard Theatre, London – ‘wonderfully dark and weird musical’ by Tim Bano

London’s latest venue, the Boulevard Theatre, occupies the site of the former Raymond Revuebar. Under the management of Paul Raymond, the ‘King

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The Antipodes review at the National Theatre, London – ‘excruciating and masterful at the same time’ by Tim Bano

Annie Baker’s back at the National with a show about stories, and she knows how to tell them: not with heroes and

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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Inside story: Theatre in prisons and the fight for rehabilitation by Tim Bano

Though Britain’s jails are at bursting point, theatremakers are working with current and former prisoners to prepare them to rejoin their communities

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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

‘We want to make a Mischief movie next, that’s the dream’ by Tim Bano

From pub theatre to a global franchise, Mischief Theatre has perfected the art of making things go wrong in the right way.

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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Vassa review at Almeida Theatre, London – ‘Mike Bartlett’s offbeat adaptation’ by Tim Bano

Following King Charles III and Albion, Mike Bartlett returns to the Almeida Theatre with an adaptation of Maxim Gorky’s play, Vassa Zheleznova.

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Sunday, October 20, 2019

Lungs review at Old Vic, London – ‘a thrilling meeting of head and heart’ by Tim Bano

In the queue at IKEA, a young couple discuss whether they should have a baby. From this small seed, Duncan Macmillan’s mighty

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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Director Sean Foley: ‘I count myself a clown, but I don’t want to make a fool of myself’ by Tim Bano

One of the most sought-after comedy directors for the stage, Sean Foley is bringing an Ealing comedy to the West End before

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Monday, October 7, 2019

Daddy Long Legs review at the Barn Theatre, Cirencester – ‘charming and romantic’ by Tim Bano

In a way, this is a bold move for the consistently exciting Barn Theatre: a little-known musical, based on a little-known novel,

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Thursday, October 3, 2019

Assassins review at Watermill Theatre, Newbury – ‘Sondheim revival features moments of brilliance’ by Tim Bano

If there’s some revelatory ur-production of Assassins that makes sense of its messiness and its flaws, we’re yet to see it. It’s

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Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Ian McKellen on Stage With Tolkien, Shakespeare, Others and You review at Harold Pinter Theatre, London – ‘a joyful celebration’ by Tim Bano

Ian McKellen is an icon, and he knows it. Who else would decide to stage their own autobiography for their 80th birthday?

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Out of Joint’s Kate Wasserberg: ‘It felt like I was wearing the disgrace of another’s story’ by Tim Bano

It has been a challenging two years for the award-winning Out of Joint artistic director after company founder Max Stafford-Clark left following

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‘Master Harold’…and the Boys review at National Theatre, London – ‘a star turn from Lucian Msamati’ by Tim Bano

Athol Fugard’s 1982 play is based closely on his own life as a boy in Apartheid-era South Africa. As in the play,

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Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Brooklyn the Musical review at Greenwich Theatre, London – ‘overly sentimental musical’ by Tim Bano

There’s a charming story behind this musical: 20 years ago singer Barri McPherson stumbled upon Mark Schoenfeld singing on a Brooklyn street

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Friday, September 27, 2019

My Beautiful Laundrette review at Curve, Leicester – ‘a frustrating translation to the stage’ by Tim Bano

Before writing the screenplay for his landmark film – which carefully explored the complex identities of British Asians, frankly depicted an interracial

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Blood Wedding review at the Young Vic, London – ‘beautiful and brutal’ by Tim Bano

The marriage of Yael Farber with Marina Carr should be a transcendent thing – and, mostly, it is. But, like the eponymous

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Big the Musical review at the Dominion Theatre, London – ‘a big let down’ by Tim Bano

Why does it feel like we’ve been here before? Let me count the ways: the zillionth beloved-film-to-banal-musical adaptation the West End has

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Monday, September 16, 2019

Disney’s The Lion King review at Bristol Hippodrome – ‘still the king of musicals’ by Tim Bano

It seems as if there’s no blockbuster Disney doesn’t own now that its properties include Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars. It has

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Preludes review at Southwark Playhouse, London – ‘hypnotic and dazzling’ by Tim Bano

Like the crash of chords that opens Rachmaninov’s second piano concerto, this piece by Dave Malloy (of Natasha, Pierre and the Great

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Thursday, September 5, 2019

A Very Expensive Poison review at Old Vic, London – ‘masterfully messy and utterly unique’ by Tim Bano

Lucy Prebble has turned a very serious story into a very silly play. In 2016, the Guardian’s Luke Harding wrote a book

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I Capuleti e I Montecchi review at Arcola Theatre, London – ‘spare, but powerful’ by Tim Bano

Director Lysanne van Overbeek muddies things a bit by starting this production of Bellini’s bel canto with Giulietta reading the opening lines

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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

The Examination review at Gilded Balloon Teviot, Edinburgh – ‘superbly slippery piece of theatre’ by Tim Bano

Prisons these days are just like holiday camps, argues Gary Keegan in this piece of documentary theatre from Irish company Brokentalkers. Comedian

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Unexpected Item in the Bagging Area review at Underbelly Cowgate, Edinburgh – ‘a cartoonish caper’ by Tim Bano

As fringe musicals go, this is proper. It has a complete plot, strong characters, fully orchestrated songs, a nice bit of choreography.

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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Ticker review at Underbelly Cowgate, Edinburgh – ‘important, but slightly unconvincing’ by Tim Bano

After his friend died from an undiagnosed heart condition aged 24, Tom Machell decided to write this monologue to raise awareness about

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Monday, August 19, 2019

Typical review at Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh – ‘makes you want to shout at the injustice’ by Tim Bano

It’s not an easy watch, this, especially by the time CCTV footage of Christopher Alder’s death is projected into the room in

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Friday, August 16, 2019

00 review at Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh – ‘strange and playful look at the end of the world’ by Tim Bano

There’s something reassuringly nostalgic about the panic we felt for the millennium bug. Computers thinking it was 1900 was just such a

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Green and Blue review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘profound and politically charged’ by Tim Bano

The two men on stage look identical. Both in police uniforms, with identical moustaches, they stand side by side. The only difference

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