It’s almost eight years since the riots that spread across London, sparked by the fatal shooting of Mark Duggan by police in Tottenham. Arinzé Kene’s good dog tells the story of that summer, and – more importantly – of the years of building tension and disillusionment that preceded it.
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Based on a true story, Call Me Vicky is the debut play from sisters Nicola and Stacey Bland, following Vicky (Matt Greenwood) – born Martin – in her fight to transition and become the woman she’s always known herself to be.
Monolog makes a dramatic contrast to Chickenshed’s recent Christmas production, which – as is traditional – featured a cast of hundreds. But despite the simple staging and intimate venue, there’s just as much diversity, talent and food for thought to be found in this very enjoyable showcase championing powerful new writing.
Maroussia Vladi’s In Search of Applause is an intriguing one-woman show, a quiet and reflective piece about what drives us to make the decisions we do (or not), presented with charm, creativity and gentle humour.
Come From Away is a funny, moving and uplifting new musical by Irene Sankoff and David Hein. Having won Best Musical awards across North America, the show now arrives in London where, if there’s any justice, it’ll prove to be just as successful.
Inspired by a mother’s true account, Rachel Harper’s one-woman play Rattled is a short but punchy production tackling the sensitive topics of childhood trauma and postnatal mental health.
soft animals at Soho Theatre is a powerful piece of new writing that will break your heart – but then might just quietly put it back together again. Highly recommended.
Surprisingly The Band – the new musical by Tim Firth interwoven with a plethora of Take That hits – is not a story of how The Band rose to fame, and their ups and downs. Instead the tale is from their fans’ perspective and shows how, despite what life throws at them, they stay lifelong loyal fans.
The show must go on… but at what cost? In Jean Anouilh’s The Orchestra, set just after World War II, petty in-fighting and lingering suspicions between the members of an orchestra in a small French spa town contrast sharply with their jaunty repertoire.
Taro focuses on an incredible life honoured by a gorgeous, goosebump-inducing production – you really don’t want to miss this one.
Machu Picchu isn’t the only thing in ruins by the end of Cuzco, an intense two-hander about the fiery death of a relationship by Spanish playwright Víctor Sánchez Rodríguez.
Ellie Dubois’ No Show is a circus performance with a difference. It features five talented female circus professionals – Francesca Hyde, Kate McWilliam, Michelle Ross, Alice Gilmartin and Camille Toyer – each of whom makes us gasp in awe and disbelief as she demonstrates her “best trick”.
A haunting exploration of human nature with a side helping of political intrigue, Outlying Islands is highly recommended for bird-watchers and people-watchers alike.
Gentleman Jack shines a light not only on Anne Lister’s life and legacy as both a woman and a lesbian, but also on the rigid 19th century attitudes that she set out to challenge.
Sam. The Good Person is a cleverly written, darkly humorous and exquisitely performed piece of theatre that will make you question everything you thought you knew about yourself and the people you love.
Saturday Night Fever does have its flaws, and it might not be the most memorable start to the theatre-going year, but that doesn’t mean you won’t head home with a skip in your step, all the same.
Funny, sad, brilliantly performed and with a cautionary message that feels more necessary by the day, Original Death Rabbit kicks off Jermyn Street Theatre’s 25th anniversary year in triumphant style. Highly recommended.
Anomaly at the Old Red Lion Theatre is a gripping and troubling family drama that takes a scenario we know and invites us to see it from a perspective that’s often overlooked.
Think you know the story of Rumpelstiltskin? Think again. This Christmas, the classic fairy tale gets a distinctly bizarre new look courtesy of Windmill Theatre Company’s Rosemary Myers and Julianne O’Brien.
The promise “Everything you could wish for in a panto” I would say underplays what we actually got. Aladdin at the Orchard Theatre, Dartford was so much more.
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