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THE TEMPEST – Hope Theatre

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Not only can Shakespeare be considered to be England’s greatest playwright, he is probably the most prolific when it comes to performances of his work. The plays are amazingly flexible in the many ways they can be stage and the latest production of “The Tempest” at The Hope Theatre by the Thick as Thieves Production company is a lovely case in point.

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THE FLANNELETTES – King’s Head Theatre

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When is a world premiere not a world premiere? When a near-identical play ran three months in Keswick in 2012. This narking misrepresentation aside, Richard Cameron‘s piece directed by Hull Truck founder Mike Bradwell has instantly credible characters and an interesting situation. Cheerful Delie is a ‘special needs’ girl in a woman’s body on holiday respite with her Aunty […]

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Review: Streaming (The Pleasance, Islington)

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We start with a curvaceous redhead gyrating in a red-lit Amsterdam window, and that’s Streaming’s first flaw: by telling its interesting three-stranded story in flashback it has already given too much away – a fundamental mistake for the sex workers this piece is all about. The characters are sharply drawn and brought to life by […]

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Review: Thark (Park Theatre)

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Do yourself a favour if you’re thinking of going to Thark: don’t look it up on Wikipedia. The description of the plot runs to four convoluted paragraphs and won’t leave you any the wiser. What you need to know is it’s a 1920s farce of the kind that was the forerunner to all those ‘Whoops Vicar There […]

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Review: Carmen (King’s Head Islington)

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We have been here before. Many times, it feels: ‘stripped-down’ pub opera featuring the concomitant apparatus of skinny jeans, transfer tattoos, funky tights, DMs, bad haircuts, jazz beards and studentish ensembles. With its garret-full of debris, vodka bottles, cellphones, laptops and fairy lights, Carmen at the King’s Head does not disappoint. The chaise-longue on which […]

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Restaurant Review: Fig

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We could blame the Blumenthal zeitgeist, we could bemoan the jaded palates of Islington which demand the culinarily arcane be proffered in their domestic midst, but the main draw to ‘Fig’, a smallish shop-front gastro in otherwise mid-posh residential Barnsbury, is curiosity – chef Christoffer Hruskova has quickly snagged a reputation for alchemical cookery with […]

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