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Posted by : RodDungate on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 12:39 PM
The RSC's Queen Anne, reviewed here in December 2015, is going into the West End.

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Posted by : RodDungate on Sunday, April 16, 2017 - 03:29 PM
London
THREADS
by David Lane.
3Stars***

The Hope Theatre, 207 Upper Street, Islington, London N1 1RL to 29 April 2017.

Tues.-Sat 7.45pm/
Runs 75 mins No interval.

TICKETS: 0333 666 3366.
www.thehopetheatre.com

Review: William Russell 15 April.


Invisible ties that bind enthrallingly
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Posted by : RodDungate on Saturday, April 15, 2017 - 12:47 PM
London.
GUARDS AT THE TAJ
by Rajiv Joseph


3Stars***
The Bush Theatre, 7 Uxbridge Road, London W12 8LJ to 20 May 2017.

Mon-Sat 7.30pm. Mat Wed & Sat 2.30pm.
Runs 80 mins No interval.

TICKETS: 020 8743 5050.
www.bushtheatre.co.uk
Review: William Russell 13 April.

Guard duty and the price of obedience
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Posted by : RodDungate on Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 11:37 AM
London.
THE PLAGUE
by ALBERT Camus
adapted for the stage by Neil Bartlett.
4Stars ****

The Arcola Theatre, Studio 1, 24 Ashwin Street, London E8 3DL to 6 May 2017.
Mon-Sat 7.30pm Mat Wed & Sat 3pm.
Runs 85 mins No interval.

TICKETS: 020 7503 1646.
www.arcolatheatre.com
Review: William Russell 11 April.


Challenging and exciting adaptation for today

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Posted by : RodDungate on Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 11:02 AM
London.
THE LIFE
Music by Cy Coleman
Lyrics by Ira Gasman
Book by David Newman, Ira Gasman & Cy Coleman.
Revisions by Michael Blakemore.
4Stars****

Southwark Playhouse, The Large, 77-85 Newington Causeway, London SE1 8BD to 29 April, 2017.

Mon-Sat 7.30pm Mat Tues & Sat 3pm.
Runs 3hr One interval.

TICKETS: 020 7407 0234.
www.southwarkplayhouse.co.uk
Review: William Russell 11 April.

Blakemore returns in triumph
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Posted by : RodDungate on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - 11:54 AM
Stratford Upon Avon / London
ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA: William Shakespeare
4Star****

RSC: Main House, To 7 September (Stratford), 30 November (London)

Runs: 3h 20m, one interval
Tkts: 0844 800 1110
www.rsc.org

@TheRSC

Review: Alexander Ray Edser, 10 April 2017

Much to offer, a tantalising glimpse of things to come
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Posted by : RodDungate on Monday, April 10, 2017 - 11:04 AM
London
FINDERS KEEPERS
Devised by Hot Coals Theatre,
4Stars ****

Park 90, The Park Theatre, Clifton Terrace, Finsbury Park, London N4 3JP to 20 April 2017.

Tues-Sat 7.15pm Mat Thur & Sat 3.15pm.
Runs 65 mins No interval.

TICKETS: 020 7870 6876
www.ParkTheatre.co.uk
Review: William Russell 8 April

Enchantment in the sound of silence
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Posted by : RodDungate on Sunday, April 09, 2017 - 04:37 PM
The think-tank Midlands Arts Progressive has compiled eight wuestions for the West Midlands Regional Authority Mayoral Candidates around arts funding in the region. Although West Midlands based they have implications to many areas. See what you think.
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Posted by : RodDungate on Sunday, April 09, 2017 - 04:14 PM
Mayoral elections are coming up in many parts of England. What can a Mayor do to help fund the Arts?

Terry Grimley asks this on behalf of the new West Midlands Regional Authority. The article was commisioned by the think tank, Midlands Arts Progressive.

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Posted by : RodDungate on Sunday, April 09, 2017 - 03:20 PM
Stratford Upon Avon / London
JULIUS CAESAR: William Shakespeare
4Star****

RSC: Main House, To 9 September (Stratford), 29 November (London)

Runs: 3 hrs, one interval
Tkts: 0844 800 1110
www.rsc.org

@TheRSC

Review: Alexander Ray Edser, 5 April 2017

Has its moments, but not a totally satisfying whole
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Nottingham/Touring.

THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME: Adapted by Simon Stephens.
5Stars*****


Theatre Royal: Tkts 0115 989 5555 www.royalcentre-nottingham.co.uk.
Runs: 2h 30m: one interval: till 8th April.
Performance times: 7.30pm, matinees 2.00pm Wed and 2.30pm Sat.
Review: Alan Geary: 4th April 2017.


An outstanding theatrical experience.
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Posted by : RodDungate on Sunday, April 09, 2017 - 12:04 PM
Birmingham.
WINNIE AND WILBUR
By Mike Kenny
4 Stars ****
The Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Birmingham, until 22nd April 2017.


One hour 30 minutes with 1 interval.
Review: Sam Crawford, 5th April.

A fun family treat!
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Posted by : RodDungate on Saturday, April 08, 2017 - 05:13 PM
London
THE WINTER’S TALE
By William Shakespeare
4Stars****


The Silk Street Theatre, the Barbican, London EC2Y 8DS to 22 April 2017. Then Bristol Old Vic 25-29 April 2017.

Mon-Sat 7.3opm. Mat Sat 2pm. No perf 17 April.
Livestream from the Barbican at 7.30 on 19 April www.cheekbyjowl.com/livestream

Runs 2hr 45 mins One interval.

TICKETS: 020 7633 4141.
www.barbican.org.uk
Review: William Russell 6 April.

A stunning account of jealousy and possible redemption
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Posted by : RodDungate on Saturday, April 08, 2017 - 04:31 PM
LONDON
42nd STREET
Book by Michael Stewart Music by Harry Warren Lyrics by Al Dubin..
5Stars *****

Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, Catherine St, London WC20 5JF.
Booking to 22 July 2017. Booking for groups to 14 October 2017.

Mon-Sat 7.30pm. Mat Wed & Sat 2.30pm.
Runs 2hr 30 mins One interval.

TICKETS: 0844 412 1812.
www.reallyusefultheatre.co.uk
Review: William Russell 4 April.

Tap dancing heaven.
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Posted by : RodDungate on Saturday, April 08, 2017 - 03:57 PM
Book
Feldenkrais for Actors: How to Do Less and Discover More by Victoria Worsley
Nick Hern Books (NHB)
4Star ****


ISBN: 9781848424173
Price: £12.99

Review: Samuel James Crawford, 05/04/2017


A breath of fresh air
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Posted by : RodDungate on Saturday, April 08, 2017 - 03:25 PM
London
Sublime, by Sarah Thomas
3Stars***

Tristan Bates Theatre, until April 8


One hour twenty minutes, without interval
Review: Tom Aitken, 4 April

A play about work from a playwright who knows what work is
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Posted by : RodDungate on Wednesday, April 05, 2017 - 09:49 AM
London
The Lottery of Love, by Pierre Marivaux Translated by John Fowles
4Stars****
Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond, until May 13
One hour twenty minutes, without interval
Review: Tom Aitken, 3 April

Laughter, but not mindless . . .
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Posted by : RodDungate on Monday, April 03, 2017 - 09:54 AM
London
HONK!
by Styles & Drewe.
5 Stars *****

The Union Theatre, Old Union Arches, 229 Union Street, Southwark, London SE1 0LR to 22 April.

Tues-Sat 7.30pm Mat Wed, Sat & Sun 2.30pm.
Runs 2hr 20 mins One interval.

Tickets: 020 7261 9876
www.uniontheatre.biz
Review: William Russell 1 April

A hoot, a hit and lots of birds
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Posted by : RodDungate on Saturday, April 01, 2017 - 10:31 AM
London.
GABRIEL
by Moira Buffini

3Stars***

Richmond Theatre and then on tour.

4-8 April, Liverpool Playhouse; 11-15 April, Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne; 19-22 April Theatre Clwyd; 24-29 April Theatre Royal, Windsor; 8-13 May, Greenwich Theatre; 15-20 May Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guilford.

TICKETS: www.atgtickets.com
Review: William Russell 31 March.

The mystery man who fell to earth
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Posted by : RodDungate on Friday, March 31, 2017 - 02:25 PM
London.
CHINGLISH
By David Henry Hwang.
4Stars ****

Park Theatre, Clifton Terrace, Finsbury Park, London N4 3JP to 22 April 2017
.
Mon-Sat 7.30pm Mat Thu & Sat 3pm.
Runs 2hr 5mins One interval.

TICKETS 020 7870 6876
www.parktheatre.co.uk
Review: William Russell 29 March.

A Chinese meal which really satisfies

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Posted by : RodDungate on Friday, March 31, 2017 - 12:57 PM
London
INCIDENT AT VICHY
by Arthur Miller.
4Stars ****

The Finborough Theatre, 118 Finborough Road, London SW10 9ED to 22 April 2017.

Tues-Sat 7.30pm. Mat Sat & Sun 3pm.
Runs 1hr 30 mins No interval.

TICKETS: 0844 847 1642.
www.finboroughtheatre.co.uk
Review: William Russell 30 March


b>Forgotten Miller comes powerfully alive

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Posted by : al_geary on Friday, March 31, 2017 - 11:15 AM
Nottingham.

THE GRAPES OF WRATH: adapted Frank Galati.
3Stars***

Nottingham Playhouse.

www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk.
Runs: 2h 30m: one interval: till 8th April.
Performance times: 7.45pm (matinees Thurs 1.30pm and Sats 2.30pm),
Review: Alan Geary: 28th March 2017.


Doesn’t easily adapt to the stage.
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Posted by : RodDungate on Friday, March 31, 2017 - 11:09 AM
London
Custody, by Urbain Hayo a.k.a. Urban Wolf
4Stars****
Ovalhouse, until April 8

70 minutes, no interval
Review: Tom Aitken, 29 March

Powerful
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Posted by : RodDungate on Friday, March 24, 2017 - 11:47 AM
London.
Running Wild
by Michael Morpugo, adapted by Samuel Adamson
4Stars****
Hackney Empire, until 25 March (touring nationally until 10 June)

Runs 140 mins, including interval.

Theatrical magic
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Posted by : RodDungate on Friday, March 24, 2017 - 11:34 AM
London.
LOVE IN IDLENESS
by Terence Rattigan.
5Stars*****
The Menier Chocolate Factory, 53 Southwark Street, LondonSE1 1RU to 29 April 2017.

Mon – Sat 8pm. Mat Sat & Wed 3.30pm.
Runs 2hr 45 mins One interval.

TICKETS: 020 7378 1713.
www.menierchoclatetheatre.com
Review: William Russell 21 March

A second coming worth waiting for
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Posted by : RodDungate on Friday, March 24, 2017 - 11:21 AM
London
AN AMERICAN IN PARIS
Music and Lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin
Book by Craig Lucas inspired by the motion picture.
4Stars****

The Dominion Theatre, 268-269 Tottenham Court Road, London W1T 7AP to 30 September 2017.

Mon – Sat 7.30pm. Mat Wed & Sat 2pm.
Runs 2 hr 40 mins One interval.

TICKETS: 020 7927 0900
www.nederlander.co.uk
Review: William Russell 22 March.

This one should “Keep Dancing”.
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Posted by : al_geary on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 09:53 AM
Nottingham/Touring.

ANITA AND ME: Adapted by Tanika Gupta.
4Stars****


Theatre Royal: Tkts 0115 989 5555 www.royalcentre-nottingham.co.uk.
Runs: 2h 30m: one interval: till 18th March.
Performance times: 7.30pm, matinees 2.00pm Wed and 2.30pm Sat.
Review: Alan Geary: 14th March 2017.


Thought-provoking mix of comedy, crudity, tragedy and tenderness.
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Posted by : RodDungate on Sunday, March 19, 2017 - 02:07 PM
London.
THE BAD SEED
by Maxwell Anderson
3 Stars***

The Brockley Jack Studio Theatre, 410 Brockley Road, London SE4 2DH to 1 April 2017.

Tues - Sat 7.45pm.
Runs 2hr 15 mins. One interval.

TICKETS: 0333 666 3366.
www.brockleyjack.co.uk
Review: William Russell 18 March.

Lethal child’s play
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Posted by : RodDungate on Sunday, March 19, 2017 - 01:56 PM
London.
THE FROGS
Based on the play by Aristophanes
Music by Stephen Sondheim, Book by Burt Shevelove
Freely adapted by Nathan Lane.
2 Stars **

Jermyn Street Theatre, 16b Jermyn Street, London SW1Y 6ST to 8 April 2017.

Tues – Sat 7.30 pm. Mat Sat & Sun 3pm. Thu 23 March & 6 April.
Runs 2hr 25 mins One interval.

TICKETS: 020 7287 2875.
Returns on from box office. No on line booking.
Review: William Russell 16 March.

A funny thing happened on the way to Jermyn Street …
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Posted by : RodDungate on Friday, March 17, 2017 - 02:19 PM
London.
WORST WEDDING EVER
By Chris Chibnall.
4 Stars ****

Queen’s Theatre, Billet Lane, Hornchurch RM11 1QT to 1 April 2017.

Mon – Wed 7.30pm Thu – Sat 8pm.
Runs 2hr 25 mins One interval.

TICKETS: 01708 443333.
Www.queens-theatre.co.uk
Review: William Russell 15 March.

Marriage guidance and disasters
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