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Sweet Charity, Donmar Warehouse

For her swansong, departing Donmar Artistic Director Josie Rourke goes Swinging Sixties in this stylish but flawed revival of the Cy Coleman, Dorothy Fields and Neil Simon musical. From the numerous Andy Warhol homages to Charity’s silver minidress and the cigarette haze, it’s a period … Continue reading

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Three Sisters, Almeida Theatre

Director Rebecca Frecknall and actress Patsy Ferran recently picked up deserved Olivier Awards for their revelatory revival of Summer and Smoke. Now, they’re back at the Almeida, bringing that fresh approach to well-known Chekhov instead of obscure Tennessee Williams. Read … Continue reading

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Top Girls, National Theatre

Caryl Churchill’s ground-breaking 1982 work comes to the National for the first time – and, also a first, with a full cast rather than actors doubling up, as the playwright had originally intended. It adds to the expansive feel of Lyndsey … Continue reading

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Emilia, Vaudeville Theatre

“We are only as powerful as the stories we tell.” So proclaims poet and activist Emilia Bassano, as she wrestles back her own story in Morgan Lloyd Malcolm’s 2018 Globe hit – its raw, feminist, revolutionary power just as potent … Continue reading

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Downstate, National Theatre

Pulitzer-winner Bruce Norris once again challenges audiences with a play built around a difficult topic – in this case, asking whether paedophiles are irredeemable, how they should be punished, the distinction between justice and vengeance, and whether an empathetic response … Continue reading

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Betrayal, Harold Pinter Theatre

The grand finale to Jamie Lloyd’s remarkable Pinter at the Pinter season is this starry production of one of the writer’s greatest – and certainly most personal – works, inspired by his extramarital affair with Joan Bakewell. The 1978 play is famous for … Continue reading

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Admissions, Trafalgar Studios

News emerged today that Hollywood actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin were among 50 wealthy people charged in a college cheating scam dumbed “Varsity Blues”, in which they allegedly paid bribes of up to $6 million to secure places for … Continue reading

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CD Review: Follies, National Theatre cast recording

The National Theatre’s Follies (currently enjoying a well-deserved encore run) is something of a musical theatre miracle. Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman’s 1971 show has endured almost as much existential angst as its characters, endlessly chopped and changed, but Dominic Cooke’s production – appropriately enough – … Continue reading

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Waitress, Adelphi Theatre

Sara Bareilles and Jessie Nelson’s 2015 musical adaptation of Adrienne Shelly’s film, about a small-town waitress who processes her feelings via her skilful baking, brings its sugar and spice concoction to the West End. The result is a tasty treat – albeit with the odd … Continue reading

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Alys, Always, Bridge Theatre

Harriet Lane’s memorably unsettling 2012 novel, about an overlooked sub-editor who infiltrates the literary elite, has been adapted for stage by Lucinda Coxon. Its combination of psychological thriller and industry satire is decently translated, but a conservative production from Bridge … Continue reading

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