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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 30 September 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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Posted by : RodDungate on Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 03:35 PM
London
Beau Brummell: An Elegant Madness, by Ron Hutchinson

3Stars***

Jermyn Street Theatre until 11 March

2 hours 10 minutes, including interval.
Review: Tom Aitken 14 February

This will grow in strength in performance.
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Posted by : RodDungate on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 - 06:02 PM
London
Madam Butterfly
A new adaptation by Amanda Holden
3 Star***

King’s Head Theatre to March 18

115 Upper Street
Islington
London N1 1QN

Runs: 120 mins. 15 min interval

Box Office: 020 7226 8561
www.kingsheadtheatre.com

 
Review by: Ian Spiby. Perf seen 13 February 2017:

Not perfect, but another opera triumph for the King’s Head
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Posted by : RodDungate on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 - 05:36 PM
Birmingham & Touring
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE'S LONG LOST FIRST PLAY (ABRIDGED) Reed Mortin and Austin Tichenor
Reduced Shakespeare Company
3Star***

Birmingham Rep, to 15 02, Touring (UK and US) to 28 05

Runs: 2h, one interval
BO: 0121 236 4455
www.birmingham-rep.co.uk
www.reducedshakespeare.com/productions/william-shakespeares-long-lost-first-play-abridged/

Review Alexander Ray Edser, 14 02 17

Fresh, frolicking, fun
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Posted by : RodDungate on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 - 10:47 AM
London.
La Ronde
By Arthur Schnitzler.
a new adaptation by Max Gill.
3Stars ***

The Bunker Theatre, 55 Southwark Street, London SE1 1UN to 11 March 2017.

Tues – Sat 7.30 pm. Mat Wed, Sat & Sun 3pm.
Runs 95 mins No interval.

TICKETS: 020 7403 1139.
www.bunkertheatre.com
Review: William Russell 13 February.


Going round in circles in style
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Posted by : RodDungate on Monday, February 13, 2017 - 09:53 AM
Birmingham
Dido and Aeneas

Town Hall Birmingham, 5th February 2017

Ex Cathedra Choir and Baroque Ensemble

5Star*****


Review: Paul & David Gray, 10 02 17

Only the best is good enough
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Posted by : RodDungate on Sunday, February 12, 2017 - 02:23 PM
London.
MY LAND’S SHORE
Music & Lyrics by Christopher J Orton.
Book & Lyrics by Robert Gould.
3 Stars ***

Ye Olde Rose & Crown Theatre, 53-55 Hoe Street, London E17 4SA to 26 February 2017.

Tues-Sat 7.30pm Man Sun 3pm.
Runs 2hr 30 mins One interval.

TICKETS: 020 8520 8674.
www.allstarpro.co.uk
Review: William Russell 10 February.

Lots of wails in Wales
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Posted by : RodDungate on Friday, February 10, 2017 - 02:41 PM
London
Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley, adapted for the stage by John Ginman
A Blackeyed Theatre production

4Stars****

Greenwich Theatre until 11 February

2 hours, including interval.
Review: Tom Aitken 7 February

Humanity and morality centre-stage

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Posted by : RodDungate on Friday, February 10, 2017 - 10:21 AM
London.
CRIME AND PUNISHMENT
by Fyodor Dostoyevsky.
Adapted by Marilyn Campbell & Curt Columbus.
4 Stars ****

The Brockley Jack Studio, 410 Brockley Road, London SE4 2DH to 25 February 2017.

Tues – Sat 7.45pm.
Runs 1 hr 30 mins No interval.

TICKETS: 0333 666 3366
ww.brockleyjack.co.uk
Review: William Russell 9 February.

A masterly adaptation

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Posted by : RodDungate on Friday, February 10, 2017 - 10:00 AM
London.
KILLING TIME
by Zoe Mills.
3Stars ***

Park 90, Park Theatre, Clifton Terrace, London N4 3JP to 4 March 2017.

Mon-Sat 7.45pm Mat Thur & Sat 3.15pm.
Runs 1hr 50 mins One interval.

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

A tale about music, death and being bloody minded
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Posted by : RodDungate on Monday, February 06, 2017 - 10:01 AM
London and touring
Henry V, by William Shakespeare (Additional words by AE Housman)
An Antic Disposition production
4Stars****


2 hours 15 minutes, including interval.
Tour details below

Review: Tom Aitken 3 February

A rewarding production
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Posted by : RodDungate on Saturday, February 04, 2017 - 02:41 PM
London
Salome, by Oscar Wilde
A Theatre Lab Company production
3Star***
Hoxton Hall until 11 February, 2017.


70 minutes, without interval.

Review: Tom Aitken 2 February

A quirky pice, a rarely performed piece, worth a visit.
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Posted by : RodDungate on Wednesday, February 01, 2017 - 08:18 PM
London.
CAUTIONARY TALES FOR DAUGHTERS
by Tanya Holt.
3 Stars ***

Jermyn Street Theatre, 16b Jermyn Street, London SW1Y 6ST to 11 February 2017.

Tour dates – Everyman, Cheltenham 17/18 February; Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead, - 3 March; Heron Theatre, Lancashire – 18 March; Quay Theatre, Sudbury – 24 March; Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford – 5 May; Edge Arts Theatre, Shropshire – 6 May; Holt Festival, Norfolk – 24 July.

Mon-Sat 7.30pm. Mat Sat 3.30pm.
Runs 1hr 55mins One interval.

TICKETS: 020 7287 2875
www.jermynstreettheatre.co.uk
Review: William Russell 21 January.

What Mom told Dotty – life lessons
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Posted by : RodDungate on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 11:03 AM
Birmingham
LOVE: Alexander Zeldin
4Star****

Birmingham Rep, Studio: to 11 February 2017

Runs: 1h 35m, no interval
BO: 0121 236 4455
www.birmingham-rep.co.uk

Review Alexander Ray Edser, 31 01 17

Unusual and unusually powerful
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Posted by : RodDungate on Friday, January 27, 2017 - 04:40 PM
London
DIRTY GREAT LOVE STORY
by Richard Marsh and Katie Bonna.
4 Stars ****

The Arts Theatre, 6-7 Great Newport Street, London WC2H 7JB to 18 March 2017.

Mon – Sat 7.30pm. Mat Thur & Sat 2.30pm.
Runs 80 mins No interval.

TICKETS: 020 7836 8463.
www.artstheatrewestend.co.uk
Review: William Russell 25 January.

Unmissable, hilarious tale of a couple of losers in love
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Posted by : RodDungate on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - 05:06 PM
London
DEATH TAKES A HOLIDAY
Book by Thomas Meehan & Peter Stone
Music & Lyrics by Maury Yeaston
Based on the play by Alberto Cassella
3Stars***

Charing Cross Theatre, The Arches, Villiers Street, London WC2N 6NL to 4 March, 2017.

Mon - Sat 7.30pm. Mat Wed 2.30pm Sat 3pm.
Runs 2hr 20 mins One interval.

TICKETS: 08444 930650
www.CharingCrossTheatre.co.uk
Review: William Russell 23 January.

A chamber musical with charm
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Posted by : RodDungate on Sunday, January 22, 2017 - 02:38 PM
London
THE DOPPEL GANG
by Dominic Hedges.
3 Stars ***

Tristan Bates Theatre, 1a Tower Street, London WC2H 9NP to 11 February 2017.

Tues-Sat 7.30pm Mat Sun 3pm.
Runs 1 hr 40 mins One interval.

TICKETS: 020 3841 6611.
www.tristanbatestheatre.co.uk

Full marks for trying but can do better
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Posted by : RodDungate on Sunday, January 22, 2017 - 02:04 PM
London
HOLDING THE MAN
by Tommy Murphy.
4Stars ****

The Brockley Jack Studio Theatre, 410 Brockley Road, London SE4 2DH to 4 February 2017.

Tues-Sat 7.45pm.
Runs 2hr 30 mins One interval.

TICKETS: 0333 666 3356
www.brockleyjack.co.uk

A time for loving, a time for dying
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Posted by : RodDungate on Friday, January 20, 2017 - 10:43 AM
London
WINTER SOLSTICE, by Roland Schimmelpfennig
An Orange Tree Theatre and Actors Touring Company co-production
4Star****
Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond, until 11 February, 2017.


1hr 50 mins, without interval.

Review: Tom Aitken 18 January

Christmas play with a host of raised, then contradicted expectations.
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