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Review: Hobson’s Choice (Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park)

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Placing traditional, Victorian Northern comedy ‘Hobson’s Choice’ in the directorial hands of Nadia Fall was always going to be an exciting risk. The writer/director of ‘Home’ at the National’s pop-up venue knows everything about documentary realism, resilience and despair, and a youngster’s sense of place in the world.  How would she treat the old-fashioned repertory […]

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Review: Hobson’s Choice (Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park)

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Placing traditional, Victorian Northern comedy ‘Hobson’s Choice’ in the directorial hands of Nadia Fall was always going to be an exciting risk. The writer/director of ‘Home’ at the National’s pop-up venue knows everything about documentary realism, resilience and despair, and a youngster’s sense of place in the world.  How would she treat the old-fashioned repertory […]

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Review: Twelfth Night (The Roundhouse)

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We did Shakespeare at school in a heavily glazed South-facing classroom with an almost equally glazed expression so can’t quite recall ‘The Shipwreck Plays’ as being one of the examination-board approved sub-classifications alongside The Histories, The Tragedies, The Problem Plays and so on. But someone among the great and the good at the Royal Shakespeare Company […]

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Review: Twelfth Night (The Roundhouse)

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We did Shakespeare at school in a heavily glazed South-facing classroom with an almost equally glazed expression so can’t quite recall ‘The Shipwreck Plays’ as being one of the examination-board approved sub-classifications alongside The Histories, The Tragedies, The Problem Plays and so on. But someone among the great and the good at the Royal Shakespeare Company […]

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Review: Beggar’s Opera (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre)

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Sometimes in London the venue affects your mood.  Kicking your way through the rotting veg or chicken carcases of a street market towards a dingy hall in Hoxton or Kilburn demands a wellspring of optimism to meet the play with an open mind. Not so at Regent’s Park, whose well-established and well-run Open Air venture […]

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Review: Beggar’s Opera (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre)

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Sometimes in London the venue affects your mood.  Kicking your way through the rotting veg or chicken carcases of a street market towards a dingy hall in Hoxton or Kilburn demands a wellspring of optimism to meet the play with an open mind. Not so at Regent’s Park, whose well-established and well-run Open Air venture […]

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Review: Beggar’s Opera (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre)

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Sometimes in London the venue affects your mood.  Kicking your way through the rotting veg or chicken carcases of a street market towards a dingy hall in Hoxton or Kilburn demands a wellspring of optimism to meet the play with an open mind. Not so at Regent’s Park, whose well-established and well-run Open Air venture […]

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Review: Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens (Camden Fringe)

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It would be like pissing on a grave to be overly critical of ‘Elegies’, the song cycle of AIDS victims interspersed with thirty-two heartfelt blank verse monologues charting individual experience of the fatal disease. But a little bit of wee did come out when we reflected on the wasted opportunity of staging this electrically important […]

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Review: Sondheim by Sondheim (Roundhouse Studio)

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This is not the best week to put on an intimate Sondheim revue. Overshadowed by the glorious Sondheim Prom at the Albert Hall, by Maria Friedman’s all-Sondheim set at Cadogan Hall and the reputedly outstanding Into The Woods just beginning at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and you’re on a hiding to nothing. Throw in […]

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