Allelujah!, Bridge Theatre

This highly anticipated new play from 84-year-old Alan Bennett premieres at the Bridge, continuing his long-standing relationship with Nicholas Hytner. It’s an exciting get, and there are wonderful flashes of Bennett wit, wisdom and stirring empathy, but also polemical outbursts and baggy plotting that lead to a ponderous and not entirely justified run time.

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Why we return to long-running shows

BroadwayWorld reviewers reflects on their experiences and share their all-time favourites.

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The Lehman Trilogy, National Theatre

Through one family and one company, Italian playwright Stefano Massini tackles big topics: the development of Western capitalism, the immigrant experience, the American Dream. But this isn’t just any family – it’s the Lehman Brothers, the collapse of whose banking firm precipitated the 2008 financial crisis.

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Summer Exhibition, Translations and Ocean’s 8

On my July MoveTo Town and Country Arts page:

  • Exhibition Grayson Perry curates a colourful and inclusive Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
  • Film Girl power in the all-female reboot Ocean’s 8
  • Theatre Brian Friel’s Translations at the National Theatre is a tender epic
  • Commuter corner Anuradha Roy’s All the Lives We Never Lived

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The Lehman Trilogy leads July’s Top 10 new London shows

From a new theatrical epic to Shakespeare and musical spoof.

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BWW Interview: Emily Lim talks Pericles

The director discusses the inaugural National Theatre’s Public Acts project: a 200-strong community production of Shakespeare’s Pericles.

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The King and I, London Palladium

Shall we dodge? (One, two, three) No, the brilliance of Bartlett Sher’s Tony-winning Lincoln Center revival – first on Broadway in 2015, now gracing the West End, with its original leads – is that it faces the problematic elements of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s 1951 musical head on. But, in a canny reading, it finds such nuance in the piece that it feels freshly minted – if gorgeously attired in Golden Age trappings.

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Fun Home, Young Vic

It seems only too fitting that David Lan’s luminous reign at the Young Vic should draw to a close with this bold, creatively thrilling international import. Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron’s Tony-winning musical, which premiered Off-Broadway in 2013, is an exquisite adaptation of Alison Bechdel’s graphic-novel memoir – a heartfelt detective story that traipses through memory in order to decode our loved ones, and ourselves.

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Breakin’ Convention

Breakin’ Convention turns 15 this year – an impressive milestone for this constantly evolving, and notably inclusive, festival of hip hop. Both local and international, and an event well versed in formal traditions while also pushing boundaries, it’s a joyful demonstration of this dance style’s range; appropriate, writes founder and host Jonzi D in our May issue, since in hip hop, “nobody expects you to be the same as anybody else”.

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Kiss Me, Kate, London Coliseum

Cole Porter’s 1948 love letter to showbiz is brilliantly served by Opera North’s big, bold and bawdy production – both soaringly romantic and packed with meta winks. A touring staple, Jo Davies’ detailed take (the revival helmed by Ed Goggin) beds down very comfortably in the London Coliseum.

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