Come From Away leads February’s Top 10 new London shows

From a hit Canadian musical to showbiz satire and a classic sitcom reborn.

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Cost of Living, Hampstead Theatre

Hampstead hosts the UK premiere of Polish-American playwright Martyna Majok’s 2018 Pulitzer Prize-winning work, which explores – with thoughtful tenderness and a refreshing lack of schmaltz – the relationships between two people with disabilities and their carers.

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When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Each Other, National Theatre

Step away from the returns queue. The rare presence of Hollywood star Cate Blanchett on a London stage has caused a box office frenzy, but sadly this would-be provocative vehicle – Martin Crimp’s loose variations on Samuel Richardson’s 1740 proto-novel Pamela, directed by Katie Mitchell – isn’t worthy of her talents, nor those of the excellent Stephen Dillane.

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Peanuts, Widows, mime and romantic cinemas

Welcome to the new and improved double MoveTo Town and Country Arts section! January highlights include:

  • Exhibition Somerset House celebrates the enduring influence of Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang
  • Film Steve McQueen provides thought-provoking genre thrills in Widows
  • Theatre Natasha Gordon’s family drama Nine Night gets a welcome West End encore
  • Commuter corner Take inspiration from Guardian podcast The Start
  • Festival All the highlights from the London International Mime Festival
  • Dance The Royal Ballet pairs Liam Scarlett’s Asphodel Meadows with Ashton’s The Two Pigeons
  • Opera Jonathan Miller’s definitive production of La bohème returns to the Coliseum
  • 6 of the best… romantic cinemas in London – perfect for Valentine’s dates

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Violet, Charing Cross Theatre

Following Caroline, or Change and Fun Home, the UK is blessed with another work from American composer Jeanine Tesori – this the British premiere of her 1997 musical Violet, which had a Sutton Foster-starring Broadway production in 2014. If not as refined as that exquisite duo, it’s still a compelling piece, thanks to a ravishing score and a dynamite central performance.

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Aspects of Love, Southwark Playhouse

“Love Changes Everything”, as immortalised by Michael Ball, is the most enduring feature of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Don Black and Charles Hart’s 1989 musical – a moderate West End success, and a Broadway flop. Jonathan O’Boyle’s production, seen last year at Manchester’s Hope Mill Theatre, follows the trend for stripping back big shows to get at the heart of them; a good tactic on the whole, though challenged by a work that’s ultimately more interested in dissecting love than sharing it.

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Pinter Five and Pinter Six, Harold Pinter Theatre

Jamie Lloyd’s star-studded season of short Pinter plays continues with two more intriguing productions: one directed by Patrick Marber, the other by Lloyd himself. Among the subjects this time around are family, miscommunication, class and politics – plus an early bid for the most memorable wigs of 2019.

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Aspects of Love leads January’s Top 10 new London shows

From a reborn Andrew Lloyd Webber to Cate Blanchett’s UK stage debut.

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Strictly Speaking: The Final

Another year, another bloated final that winds up being totally irrelevant to the results. At some point, Strictly bosses might need to look into that… For my money, of the last four, Ashley was the strongest dancer, Joe the most improved, Faye the best on the night, and Kevin, I mean Stacey, won. Err, yay?

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Why do Strictly viewers hate Ashley Roberts?

This weekend’s Strictly Come Dancing semi-final saw a third consecutive trip to the dreaded dance-off for ex-Pussycat Doll Ashley Roberts – despite topping the leaderboard with pro partner Pasha Kovalev after notching four nines for a fierce Paso Doble and a perfect score for her luminous American Smooth.

Read my full Telegraph article here

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