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ONE OF THOSE – Tristan Bates Theatre

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I can’t think of another play set like One of Those entirely on a train – Hecht and MacArthur’s On The Twentieth Century is the most persistently rail-bound but starts and ends in theatres, and even Patricia Highsmith’s murderous Strangers on a Train had their climax on a fairground carousel in Craig Warner’s stage adaptation at the Gielgud a couple of years back.

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HANGMEN – West End

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Let’s get it off our chests now: it will have you ‘in suspense’, it ‘goes with a swing’ there’s plenty of ‘gallows humour’, it’s a plot that ‘leaves you dangling’, jerking with ‘twists and turns’ and ‘a play with legs’ that moves at ‘breakneck’ speed and would be ‘criminal’ if you missed it …

JEST END – Waterloo East

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How do you like your musical theatre? An occasional treat for your Nan’s birthday? A full-on Christmas outing to the latest Disney blockbuster via Pizza Express for mum, dad and the kids and not much change from a grand? Or 28 of them on a relentless conveyor belt with high impact performances and a battery of jokes?

THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE – Landor Theatre

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Derived in 2002 from the 1967 Julie Andrews movie, Thoroughly Modern Millie is thoroughly old fashioned. It’s sexist: all the women are actresses or typists; racist: landlady Mrs Meers feigns orientalism and speaks pantomime Cantonese to her migrant Hong Kong laundrymen; heteronormative: every flapper’s ambition is to secure a rich businessman husband and even white slavery is dismissed as “well, it’s one way to get a man”, but so heartwarming and jolly you can almost forgive its cartoon morality.

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Weekly Theatre Podcast: The Mentalists, Gathered Leaves, Songs for a New World

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Every week, a group of regular, dedicated, independent theatre bloggers gather together for intelligent discussion “from the audience’s perspective” about plays and musicals they’ve recently seen in London. Lively, informed and entertaining. My Theatre Mates is delighted to syndicate the (still) As Yet Unnamed London Theatre Podcast (AYULTP). Shows discussed (with timings) in this week’s podcast: Songs for a New …

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Review: Death Row Cowboy (Courtyard Theatre)

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You know when you’re fumbling in the dark with the theatre programme and holding it up to the stage light to find the bit that says ‘based on a true story’ ? Well, that. Death Row Cowboy has such a realistic feel of documentary or journalistic theatre that I wondered for a moment why I’d […]

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