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A Wild and True Relation by Kim Sherwood: George Eliot meets Dickens in a literary treasure hunt

A novel that begins as a swashbuckling tale about smugglers swerves into a smart study of women sidelined by literary history. Read my full Telegraph review here

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Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Christmas Carol: a marvellously musical, disarmingly sincere take on Dickens

Cold Feet alumnus Robert Bathurst is an iron-fisted Scrooge in Parton’s homespun, soulful interpretation of the famous novella. Read my full Telegraph review here

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A Very Very Very Dark Matter, Bridge Theatre

Hot off award-winning film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and reunited with Matthew Dunster, who directed his hit Hangmen, Martin McDonagh brings his latest to the Bridge – quite a coup for Nick Hytner. Yet this provocative take on Hans Christian Andersen, and on the nature … Continue reading

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Cat On A Hot Tin Roof leads July’s Top 10 new London shows

From Tennessee Williams and Bob Dylan to royal politics and Adrian Mole. Read my full BroadwayWorld article here

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Shock factor gone…but haunting tale is worth revisiting

Twenty years ago, Michael Billington decried the “pornographic” violence of Philip Ridley’s Ghost from a Perfect Place, archetypal in-yer-face theatre: brash, shocking, confrontational. This revival swaps Hampstead for, more appropriately, the Arcola, where its East End setting has particular resonance, … Continue reading

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