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The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾ – The Musical, Menier Chocolate Factory

Britain’s most beloved diarist (give or take a Bridget Jones) comes to London in chamber musical form in a new adaptation created with the late Sue Townsend’s blessing. Jake Brunger and Pippa Cleary’s version, tweaked since its premiere run in Leicester in 2015, should … Continue reading

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Girl from the North Country, Old Vic

Defiantly rejecting the standard jukebox model, Conor McPherson’s much-anticipated new work mining the back catalogue of Bob Dylan is labelled “a play with songs” – or perhaps that should be a play and songs, with two distinct forms of storytelling weaving around … Continue reading

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Mosquitoes, National Theatre

In the immediate, heartbroken aftermath of the EU Referendum, I had some very uncharitable thoughts about the right to vote. Perhaps it should involve some kind of IQ test, or at least a demonstrable ability to tell the difference between … Continue reading

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Touch, Soho Theatre

Neat freaks beware: Touch is your ultimate nightmare. This latest offering from DryWrite, the company that launched the now stratospheric Fleabag, centres on another woman with a chaotic personal life – this time, mirrored by the symphony of filth that is her cramped … Continue reading

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Queen Anne, Theatre Royal Haymarket

Game of Thrones returns this weekend, but those hungry for political machinations and manipulations can also find a feast of them in Helen Edmundson’s 2015 stealth thriller about a little-known 18th-century English monarch and her courtly advisors’ jockeying for position. With plenty … Continue reading

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All Change Please, Lucy Kerbel

Another week, another dispiriting gender equality statistic, as research by The Stage reveals 75% of West End musicals staged in the past decade had no women on their writing teams; removing jukebox shows from the equation, just 9% featured music by female composers. … Continue reading

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The Tempest, Barbican

It’s a brave new world for the RSC, collaborating with Intel and Andy Serkis’s Imaginarium Studios on a notably high-tech Tempest. But, for all the computer-generated trickery, it’s the human experience and rough magic of theatre that really impress in Gregory … Continue reading

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The Mentor, Vaudeville Theatre

Bath’s Ustinov Studio has become something of a European hub. Visionary director Laurence Boswell and ever-skilful translator Christopher Hampton, who first introduced us to Florian Zeller, are currently championing Daniel Kehlmann – a bestselling writer in Germany, where he published the first of 10 books when … Continue reading

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Committee, Donmar Warehouse

A memorable 2015 parliamentary select committee hearing asked Kids Company CEO Camila Batmanghelidjh and chair of trustees Alan Yentob whether the organisation was ever fit for purpose. Tom Deering, Hadley Fraser and Josie Rourke’s new verbatim musical – think This House meets London Road – asks … Continue reading

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Ink, Almeida Theatre

James Graham’s portrait of Seventies politics, This House, recently enjoyed a West End outing, and his latest epic venture into Britain’s past may well follow suit. If slightly weighed down by detailed research, it’s still a riveting depiction of the birth … Continue reading

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