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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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Posted by : RodDungate on Friday, March 17, 2017 - 12:47 PM
Birmingham
ONE LOVE: Music and Lyrics, Bob Marley; Book, Kwame Kwei Amir
Birmingham Rep Theatre
5Star*****

Runs: 2h 40m, one interval, to 15 April
BO: 0121 236 4455
www.birmingham-rep.co.uk

Review Alexander Ray Edser, 17 03 17

Let's get together
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Posted by : RodDungate on Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 11:19 AM
London
THE MISER
By Moliere
Adapted by Sean Foley & Phil Porter
One star*
The Garrick Theatre, 2 Charing Cross Road, London WC2H 0HH to 1June 2017.

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

TICKETS: 0330 333 4811
www.garricktheatre.org

Review: William Russell 14 March.

Moliere should sue
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London.
A PROFOUNDLY AFFECTIONATE, PASSIONATE DEVOTION TO SOMEONR (- NOUN)
by Debbie Tucker Green.
3 Stars ***

Jerwood Upstairs, the Royal Court Theatre, 50-51 Sloane Square, London SW1W 8AS to 1 April 2017.

Mon- Sat 7.45pm Mat Thu & Sat 3pm.

Runs 80 mins No interval.

TICKETS: 020 7565 5000.
www.royalcourttheatre.com
Review: William Russell 13 March.


Kb>Love is not always easy

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Posted by : RodDungate on Sunday, March 12, 2017 - 12:45 PM
London.
One Last Thing (For Now)
by Lilac Yosiphon and the acting ensemble
4Stars****
The Old Red Lion Pub Theatre, 418 St John St, London EC1V 4NJ, until 25 March

Phone Number:
+44 844 412 4307

Runs 140 mins, including interval.

Sensitive and memorable
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Posted by : RodDungate on Friday, March 10, 2017 - 12:48 PM
London.
BUNNY
by Jack Thorne.
4Stars****

The White Bear Theatre, 138 Kennington Park Road, London SE11 4DJ to 25 March 2017.

Tues – Sat 7pm. Mat Sun 4pm.
Runs 70 mins No interval.

TICKETS:
www.whitebeartheatre.co.uk
Review: William Russell 9 March.


A Hot Summer Day in Luton
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Posted by : RodDungate on Friday, March 10, 2017 - 12:34 PM
Leicester
WHAT THE BUTLER SAW: Joe Orton
4Star****

Curve Theatre, Leicester to 18 March 2017

Runs: 2h, one interval
BO: 0116 242 3595
Info: www.curveonline.co.uk

Review Alexander Ray Edser, 09 03 17

Not for the faint-hearted but it still works fine
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Posted by : RodDungate on Thursday, March 09, 2017 - 12:13 PM
Birmingham
BILLY ELLIOT: Music Elton John, Book and Lyrics, Lee Hall.
5Star*****

Birmingham Hippodrome to 29 April

Tour to 17 June
Tickets (Hippodrome): 0844 338 5000
Info: www.birminghamhippodrome.com
Tour Dates and Tickets
billyelliotthemusical.com/tour-dates/

Revie: Alexander Ray Edser, 08 March 2017

A very special show indeed.
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Posted by : RodDungate on Thursday, March 09, 2017 - 10:41 AM
London
YOU’RE HUMAN LIKE THE REST OF THEM
with
Not Counting the Savages & Down Red Lane
By B.S. Johnson

4 Stars ****

Finborough Theatre, 118 Finborough Road, London SE10 9ED to 25 March 2017.

Sun & Mon 7.30pm Mat Tues 2pm.
Runs 70 mins No interval.
TICKETS:
www.finboroughtheatreco.uk
Review: William Russell 6 March.

A playwright rewardingly rediscovered
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Posted by : RodDungate on Monday, March 06, 2017 - 07:19 PM
London.
HANDBAGGED
by Moira Buffini
3Stars ***

Brockley Jack Studio, 410 Brockley Road, London SE4 2DH to 11 March 2017.

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

TICKETS: 0333 666 3366.
www.brockleyjack.co.uk
Review: William Russell 4 March.


Tea and no sympathy
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Posted by : RodDungate on Sunday, March 05, 2017 - 08:11 PM
London
The Lock In, by Joseph Cullen
3Stars***

The Vaults, Leake Street, (under Waterloo Station)

1 hour, no interval
An Over the Limit Theatre production

Review: Tom Aitken, 3 March

All fun really
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Posted by : RodDungate on Saturday, March 04, 2017 - 10:48 AM
London.
I’M GONNA PRAY FOR YOU SO HARD
by Halley Feiffer.
4Stars ****

The Finborough Theatre, 118 Finborough Road, London SW10 9ED to 25 March.

Tues – Sat 7.30pm. Mat Sat & Sun 3pm.
Runs 90 mins No interval.

TICKETS:
www.finboroughtheatre.co.uk
Review: William Russell 3 March.

A finely acted disturbing two hander

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Posted by : RodDungate on Saturday, March 04, 2017 - 10:31 AM
Note: Harriet, a tortoise Darwin brought back from the Galapagos in 1836, escaped from his garden and set out on a journey throughout Europe which was to last for some 175 years.

During it she did what animals do – she evolved, turning into a woman with a carapace on her back. Like Woody Allen’s Zelig Harriet just happened to be there when great events occurred. Juan Mayorga’s play written in 2008 is provocative and very funny.

It also is blessed with a marvellous performance from Gilly Daniels as Harriet, a scrunched up figure who looks at the world with impish eyes and takes no prisoners. This is in the English version, the one I saw. The policy at the Cervantes Theatre is to stage Spanish plays in Spanish with one cast, then in English with another.

In Spanish it would have been all Greek to me. However, Harriet’s adventures are worth hearing about. She has read a book by a present day historian which is full of errors and arrives one day seeking to correct him.

He realises, after initial scepticism, that she is a source to treasure – and exploit. But she also falls into the hands of a doctor who in turn realises she is a research project of great value to exploit, while the historian’s wife realises that people will pay good money just to meet Harriet and to blazes with research and medical science. Think King Kong, think exploitation of peoples by imperial powers, and so on. The play stylishly directed by Paula Paz works splendidly and the English cast do it full justice, although the evening does belong to Ms Daniels giving what is one of the best performances on the fringe in ages. Will Harriet survive these predators? Will they win? Of course she does, dealing with them in spectacular fashion – they not only have their cake but get to eat it. But whether she ever achieves her wish to return to her island is another matter.

Mayorga was inspired by a photograph he saw in a Barcelona paper of one of Darwin’s turtles who, not liking the climate in England, had ended up in Sydney zoo. It set him thinking about all that had happened in her lifetime. Watch Harriet recalling Hitler at a Nuremberg rally and how in the audience she finds herself carried away by the rhetoric of the little man she despises and think of those Trump supporters believing another man’s falsehoods. Although the play has been performed all over the world this is the first time here to see it – a chance that should not be missed. We get lots of plays by dead European dramatists revived, few by those writing today about today and while Darwin’s Tortoise is a story about the past Harriet’s past is relevant to today.

Harriet: Gilly Daniels.
Professor: Philip Nightingale.
Beti: Becky Black.
Doctor: Patrick Mc Hugh.

Spanish Cast
Harriet: Gladys Ibarra.
Professor: Alvaro Ramos.
Beti: Lara Grube.
Doctor: Jaime Menendez

Director: Paula Paz
Composer: Yaiza Varona.
Set & Costume Designer: Malena Arcucci.
Lighting Designer: Patricia Polo (Blue Mission)
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Posted by : RodDungate on Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 11:13 AM
Birmingham
AMEDEE: Eugene Ionesco. Freely adapted by Sean Foley
5Star*****

Birmingham Rep, to 11 March

Runs: 2h 5m, one interval
BO: 0121 236 4455
www.birmingham-rep.co.uk

Review Alexander Ray Edser, 01 03 17<

A terrific performance; a n important contribution to Ionesco debate
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Posted by : RodDungate on Wednesday, March 01, 2017 - 03:52 PM
London.
ROUNDELAY
by Sonja Linden.
Inspired by La Ronde by Arthur Schnitzler.
4Stars ****

Southwark Playhouse, the Large, 77-85 Newington Causeway, London SE1 6BD to 18 March 2017.

Mon-Sat 7.30pm Mat Tues & Sat 3pm.
Runs 90 mines No interval.

TICKETS: 020 7407 0234.
www.southwarkplayhouse.co.uk

Review: William Russell 27 February

Splendid Third Age rumpy pumpy
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Posted by : RodDungate on Monday, February 27, 2017 - 09:58 AM
London.
TWELFTH NIGHT
By William Shakespeare.
4Stars ****

The Olivier Theatre, National Theatre, Upper Ground, London SE1 9PX to 13 May 2017.

In rep. 7.30pm. Mat 2pm.
Runs 2hr 50 mins One interval.

TICKETS: 020 7452 3000.
www.natonaltheatre.org.uk
Review: William Russell 25 February.

A malevolent ill done by marvellous Malvolia
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Posted by : RodDungate on Sunday, February 26, 2017 - 12:17 PM
London.
CHIGGER FOOT BOYS
by Patricia Crumper
3Stars ***

Tara Arts Theatre, 356 Garratt Lane, London SW18 4ES to 11 March 2017.

Mon – Sat 7.30pm. Mat 2 & 9 March 2.30pm 11 March 3pm.
Runs90 mins No interval.

TICKETS: 020 8333 4457.
www.tara-arts.com
Review: William Russell 23 February.

The Empire strikes back
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Posted by : RodDungate on Friday, February 24, 2017 - 12:39 PM
London
ORBITS
by Wally Sewell.
3Stars ***

The Drayton ARMS Theatre, 151 Old Brompton Road, London SW5 0LJ to 11 March 2017.

Tues – Sat 8pm.
Runs 1hr 45mins One interval.

TICKETS: 020 7835 2301.
www.thedraytonarmstheatre.co.uk
Review: William Russell 23 February

Giants and monsters converse
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Posted by : RodDungate on Friday, February 24, 2017 - 12:25 PM
London.
GIRLS
by Gary Barlow & Tim Firth
4 Stars ****

The Phoenix Theatre, 110 Charing Cross Road, London WC 2H 0JP booking to 15 July 2017.

Mon – Sat 7.30pm Mat Thu & Sat 2.30 pm.
Runs 2hr 35 mins One interval.

TICKETS: 0844 871 7629.
www.atgtickets.com
Review: William Russell 22 February.


Sumptuous Yorkshire puddings on display
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Posted by : al_geary on Friday, February 24, 2017 - 12:08 PM
Nottingham/Touring.
THE WOMAN IN BLACK: Adapted by Stephen Mallatratt.
4Stars****


Theatre Royal: Tkts 0115 989 5555 www.royalcentre-nottingham.co.uk.
Runs: 2h 10m: one interval: till 25th February.
Performance times: 7.30pm, matinees 2.00pm Wed and 2.30pm Sat.
Review: Alan Geary: 20th February 2017.

Cleverly crafted and fascinating meta-theatre. And it makes you scream.
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Posted by : al_geary on Friday, February 24, 2017 - 12:03 PM
Nottingham.
TOUCHED: Stephen Lowe.
3Stars***

Nottingham Playhouse.

www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk.
Runs: 2h 5m: one interval: till 4th March.
Performance times: 7.45pm (matinees Thurs 1.30pm and Sats 2.30pm),
Review: Alan Geary: 21st February 2017.

Wartime kitchen-sinker – warrants a look.
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Posted by : RodDungate on Friday, February 24, 2017 - 11:57 AM
London
THE CHERRY ORCHARD
By Anton Chekhov
in an English version by Trevor Griffiths
from a translation by Helen Rappaport.
3 Stars ***


The Arcola Theatre, 24 Ashwin Street, Dalston, London E8 3DL to 25 March 2017
.
Mon – Sat 7.30pm. Mat Sat 3pm.
Runs 2hr 30 mins One interval.

TICKETS: 020 7503 1646.
www.arcolatheatre.com
Review: William Russell 21 February


Distinctly over ripe cherries
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Posted by : RodDungate on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 03:05 PM
London.
THE CRUCIBLE
By Arthur Miller
5Stars*****

Queen’s Theatre, Billet Lane, Hornchurch RM11 1QT to 11 March 2017 and then on tour.

Tour dates: www.selladoor.com
Mon – Sat 7.30pm. Mat Thu 23 Feb, 2 Mar & 9 Mar & Sat 11 Mar.
Runs 3 hr One interval.

TICKETS: www.queens-theatre.co.uk
01708 443333

A play for today as much as it was for the day when it was written.
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Posted by : RodDungate on Saturday, February 18, 2017 - 03:12 PM
London
Adriana Lecouvreur
2 Star**

Royal Opera House

Bow Street
Covent Garden
London
WC2E 9DD

Runs: 205 mins. 2 x 25 min intervals

Box Office: 020 7304 4000
www.roh.org.uk
 
Review by: Ian Spiby. Perf. seen 17 February 2017:

Deadly Theatre

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Posted by : RodDungate on Saturday, February 18, 2017 - 12:55 PM
London.
NEW NIGERIANS
By Oladipo Agholuaje.
3Stars ***

Studio 1, The Arcola Theatre, 24 Ashwin Street, Dalston, London E8 3DL to 11 March 2017.

Mon – Sat 8pm Mat Sat 3.30pm.
Runs 1hr 40 mins No interval.

TICKETS: 020 7503 1646.
www.arcolatheatre.com
Review: William Russell 17 February.


A funny biting satire on politicians and ploys

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Posted by : RodDungate on Saturday, February 18, 2017 - 12:34 PM
London.
RICHARD 111
by William Shakespeare.
4 Stars ****


The Barbican Theatre, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS to 19 February 2017.

Performances 7.45pm & 2.30pm.
Runs 2hr 30 mins No interval.

TICKETS: 020 7638 4141.
www.barbican.org.uk
Review: William Russell 16 February.

A spellbinding production with a monster at its heart
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Posted by : RodDungate on Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 03:52 PM
London

TRAVESTIES
By Tom Stoppard
4 Stars ****

Apollo Theatre, 31 Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 7EZ to 29 April 2017.

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

TICKETS: 0330 333 4809.
www.nimaxtheatres.co.uk
Review: William Russell 15 February.

Pleasure pure and perfect from a terrific revival
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