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FEATURED SHOW: EdFringe award-winning Ordinary Days revival transfers triumphantly Drayton Arms

23rd November 2017
Got your tickets yet? Streetlights People's acclaimed production of Adam Gwon's 2009 Off-Broadway hit ORDINARY DAYS has returned to London after its award-winning success at this year's Edinburgh Fringe. It's officially re-opened last night (22 November 2017) at Drayton Arms Theatre, where its limited.Read more...
from Press Releases

FROM DOWN UNDER: The Last Five Years

23rd November 2017
A new collective of committed artists breathes fresh life into independent musical theatre favourite The Last Five Years with an immersive, music-centric production.Read more...
from Simon Parris

THE LITTLE MERMAID – Touring ★★★★★

23rd November 2017
The staging and costumes are stunning, with the colours and fabrics perfectly reflecting the magical dwellers of the sea and the hard solid land. Absolutely transporting the audience to the ethereal reflective underwater world. Read more...
from Olivia Mitchell

WE ARE THE LIONS, MR MANAGER – Touring

23rd November 2017
Neil Gore’s retelling of this story is one equally full of passion and guts; one which honours and pays homage to a poignant moment in socialist history.Read more...
from Daniel Perks

‘A musical for today’: EVERYBODY’S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE – West End

23rd November 2017
Written by Dan Gillespie Sells and Tom MacRae and adapted from a BBC documentary, Jamie casts off the archetypal coming out and gay bashing stories (though not completely ignoring them) in favour of a main narrative about an out and proud teen.Read more...
from Ian Foster

Text of the Day: Albion

23rd November 2017
Random and topical thoughts and quotes gathered by My Theatre Mates contributor Aleks Sierz, first published on www.sierz.co.uk.Read more...
from Aleks Sierz

GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS – West End ★★★

23rd November 2017
David Mamet’s obscenity-strewn script won a Pulitzer Prize in its day and it is easy to see why. Amidst the coarse language, this tale of desperate real estate agents is a testosterone-filled blast from the past.Read more...
from Caroline Hanks-Farmer

INSIDE PUSSY RIOT – Saatchi Gallery

23rd November 2017
How far can immersive theatre push you? How far should immersive theatre push you? The disclaimer for Les Enfants Terribles’ Inside Pussy Riot warns us it is "not for the faint hearted, come prepared to demonstrate and stand up for what you believe in!"Read more...
from Ian Foster

NEWS: Bush Theatre announces four premieres in 2018 season & three-year BAMER initiative

23rd November 2017
The Bush Theatre has today announced its new 2018 season. Highlights include: Eight plays announced – including two new commissions, three world premieres and one UK premiere This season sees the launch of Passing the Baton –a three-year programming initiative dedicated to revivals of work by BAMER.Read more...
from Press Releases

TWELFTH NIGHT – Stratford-upon-Avon (RSC) ★★★★

23rd November 2017
Following in the footsteps of Emma Rice’s production of the same play in her final summer season at the Globe, director Christopher Luscombe moves from Nell Gwynn’s 17th century setting to a Belle Époque version of Twelfth Night. Read more...
from Debbie Gilpin

‘This is glorious’: EVERYBODY’S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE – West End ★★★★★

22nd November 2017
It’s about kids – the boiling mass of hormones that is a year 11 class grappling with GCSEs and half-formed hope. It’s about a mother and son, anger and kindness and making the best of a bad-dad deal.Read more...
from Libby Purves

EVERYBODY’S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE – West End ★★★★★

22nd November 2017
Based on real life events, it tells the story of 16-year-old Jamie New, who's dreams are a little different to his classmates. Chronicling the struggles of growing up, issues with family and being accepted, it's the warm, British, comedic show the West End has.Read more...
from Olivia Mitchell

LEGALLY BLONDE – Touring ★★★★

22nd November 2017
Based on the 2001 film of the same name, it is the heartwarming tale of Elle Woods, a rich, blonde, airhead sorority girl from California who follows her snake of an ex-boyfriend to Harvard Law school proving along the way that she is anything.Read more...
from Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Top 5 reasons to see: Disney’s Aladdin

22nd November 2017
At the beginning of the week Love London Love Culture paid a visit to see Aladdin The Musical – here’s five reasons why you should see it.Read more...
from Emma Clarendon

LEAF BY NIGGLE – Touring ★★★★★

22nd November 2017
J.R.R. Tolkien, among many other things, is famous for two things: his unending ability to procrastinate, and his heated (and repeated) refusals that his work could (or should) be read allegorically.Read more...
from Libby Purves

REAL MAGIC – Platform Theatre ★★★

22nd November 2017
Real Magic is definitely a show that makes you think; or rather, forces you to think. A parody of humanity which just continues to surprise you with its slapstick jokes, sexual innuendos and ridiculous costumes. Read more...
from Caroline Hanks-Farmer

The House of Bernarda Alba – Cervantes Theatre ★★★★

22nd November 2017
The play subliminally hints at the insuperable attraction between men and women, that no conditioning can overcome. The non-verbal lure of the masculine ‘other’ calls to the women.Read more...
from Michael Davis

INSIDE PUSSY RIOT – Saatchi Gallery

22nd November 2017
Even though officially the oppressive Soviet regime ended at the end of 1992, under Vladimir Putin’s leadership the practises of the KGB era still endure and in terms of the sorts of civil rights enjoyed in the West, little has changed from the Soviet.Read more...
from Michael Davis

QUIZ – Chichester

22nd November 2017
It’s a layered story that opens with a pub quiz, setting the scene for the world of obsessive competition fanatics, laying a direct trail from that bar to the gameshow hot-seat. Read more...
from Maryam Philpott

NEWS: Debut musical SIX remixes Henry VIII’s wives as a pop concert the Arts Theatre

22nd November 2017
From Tudor queens to pop princesses, the six wives of Henry VIII sing their way out of the history books and into the spotlight in the professional premiere of SIX, which runs at the West End's Arts Theatre for four Monday dates on 18.Read more...
from Press Releases