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‘Gregory Doran doing what he does better than any of his generation’: RICHARD III – Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford upon Avon ★★★★★

In Opinion, Other Recent Articles, Plays, Regional theatre, Reviews by Libby PurvesLeave a Comment

Take this as purest Shakespearian tragedy: vigorous but classic, a magnificent magnification of the darkest human and political longing, of affection, terror, defensiveness, hubris and – in the women – a defiant courage that rings down the ages. Don’t miss Richard III at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford upon Avon.

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‘It’s a true crowd pleaser, without the cliches’: MAM I’M ‘ERE – Liverpool

In Features, Interviews, Musicals, News, Opinion, Plays, Regional theatre, Reviews, Touring by Vicky AndersonLeave a Comment

It’s been much, much longer than I thought since I sat down to watch a main stage performance at the Royal Court – and ten years since I caught the first outing of Mam I’m ‘Ere. Days later, I’m still smiling about this brilliant revival. And if the welcome back was warm, the cast was positively on fire.

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‘I’d be surprised if I see a more impressive piece of theatre this year’: ROCK/PAPER/SCISSORS – Sheffield

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All three plays in Chris Bush’s Rock/Paper/Scissors triptych run in Sheffield Theatres’ three spaces simultaneously with one cast. The overall piece is a logistical coup-de-théâtre. It’s also a perfect coming together of space and place in three funny, achingly profound and heartful plays about a city and its people on the cusp of change.

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‘There are some fascinating stories here’: OFFSIDE – Touring ★★★

In Opinion, Other Recent Articles, Plays, Regional theatre, Reviews, Touring by Fairy Powered ProductionsLeave a Comment

Women’s football today and in the past is the basic framework for Sabrina Mahfouz and Hollie McNish’s play Offside, but mental health, intrusive journalism, racism, coming out, parenting, women getting lumbered with housework, and women winning the right to go to university all jostle for a look-in.

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‘The ensemble precision & attention to detail are superb’: CHICAGO – Touring ★★★★

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New Wimbledon Theatre presented the latest touring production of the “sleek and sassy” successful West End musical Chicago. Set in the heart of 1920s America, the inner moral compass has virtually vanished, underground clubs are a common part of the social landscape and literally anything goes.

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‘It lacks the sparkle you expect’: WE WILL ROCK YOU – Touring ★★★

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Back for its 2022 tour, We Will Rock You is set in a dystopian future where “real” music has been outlawed and replaced with manufactured pop. Society is lived online and it’s up to a group of Bohemians to travel across the Seven Seas of Rye, declare themselves the champions and bring back rock and roll and freedom for all.

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‘Will inspire children to find the superhero inside themselves’: AIDY THE AWESOME – Touring

In Children's theatre, London theatre, Musicals, Opinion, Other Recent Articles, Regional theatre, Reviews, Touring by The Family StageLeave a Comment

The Gramophones are a female-led company making contemporary theatre that puts women and girls centre stage. They are currently on tour with Aidy the Awesome, an aerial theatre show for ages three to eight which aims to break down gender stereotypes and offer young girls funny, feisty and strong role models.