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Best of the Blogs: The Lehman Trilogy, Anna, Vincent River, Our Town & more

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As part of a new series, our editor Lisa Martland picks out seven of her Top Picks from the last week of theatre (20-27 May 2019). Amidst her choices is the return of The Lehman Trilogy, impressing Jonathan Baz with its ‘sheer technical theatrical genius”, while Aleks Sierz asks whether wearing headphones during a performance of Anna at the National Theatre is all a gimmick or vital to the impact of the play.

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Best of the Blogs: All My Sons, Rosmersholm, Man Of La Mancha, This Is My Family & more

In Features, London theatre, Musicals, Native, Opinion, Plays, Quotes, Regional theatre, Reviews, Sticky, Ticket recommendations by Lisa MartlandLeave a Comment

As part of a new series, our editor Lisa Martland picks out seven of her Top Picks from the last week of theatre (29 April-6 May 2019), ranging from Johnny Fox’s nostalgic return to see All My Sons and Maryam Philpott’s thoughts on the much-anticipated Rosmersholm starring Tom Burke and Hayley Atwell.

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‘Brilliant theatre for its time’: TONY’S LAST TAPE – Omnibus Theatre ★★★★

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Tony’s Last Tape arrives at Clapham’s Omnibus, four years after Andy Barrett’s perceptive work first played at the Nottingham Playhouse. A one-act monologue that lasts a little over an hour, Philip Bretherton plays an 87-year-old Tony Benn, surrounded by gadgets and looking back upon aspects of his life.

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‘The attraction of it, is that it is a popular piece of theatre’: In the dock is Jasper Britton from Witness For The Prosecution

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Witness For The Prosecution, Agatha Christie’s murder thriller is playing very successfully at London’s ingeniously converted County Hall venue. RSC leading man Jasper Britton heads the latest cast change and as he took over the role of defence barrister Sir Wilfrid Robarts he and I chatted about the play and his career…

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‘Nostalgic, cheesy & delightfully good fun’: RIP IT UP – West End ★★★

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Rip It Up does exactly that to the conventional West End tried and tested jukebox musical. In part a reality TV show and in part a showcase, the evening encapsulates a musical time-machine that will have you tapping your feet and smiling from cheek to cheek despite your best attempts to resist.

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‘The finest deep-dish screen to stage transition in decades’: WAITRESS – West End ★★★★★

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Of all the new musicals that Broadway has shipped to London in recent years, Waitress is quite possibly the greatest as Sara Bareillles takes an unflinching look at 21st century America through the eyes of waitress Jenna and her two best friends and workmates, Becky and Dawn.