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‘McDonagh’s plot is its own hired assassin’: A VERY VERY VERY DARK MATTER – Bridge Theatre

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I’m fairly sure the land on which the Bridge Theatre was built was once a plague pit, but I’m beginning to wonder if the place isn’t itself cursed. How else can it commission a play by Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri writer Martin McDonagh that is, not to put too fine a point on it, as enjoyable as passing A Very, Very, Very Painful Stool? For an hour and a half.

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Mind the Advent: 24 days celebrating a year’s theatregoing > #theatre2017 #YearInReview

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You know what time of year it is – so I’ve just been through my annual Mind the Advent countdown! As I’ve seen a personal best number of different shows this year, the sheer volume of actors (and performances) have really been stacking up and making my life difficult – in terms of summing up my favourites of the year, that is. So here is a bit of a sneak preview of what’s to come in my highlight posts…

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NEWS: Rose Theatre revives Stephen Bill’s Curtains, Dr Jekyll & Rules for Living

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The Rose Theatre’s new autumn/winter season includes a major revival of Stephen Bill’s 1987 comedy Curtains and co-productions of Sam Holcroft’s Rules for Living, David Edgar’s adaptation of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde starring Phil Daniels and Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing starring Laurence Fox.

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THIS HOUSE – West End

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This House has taken on a life of its own since its first appearance at the National Theatre in 2012 in the Cottesloe Theatre. Transferred to the Olivier, then revived this year at Chichester, it now sits grandly in the West End, complete with on-stage seating, rock band, glowered over by the face of Big Ben.

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THIS HOUSE – West End

In London theatre, Opinion, Plays, Reviews by Caroline Hanks-FarmerLeave a Comment

“One of the key problems today is that politics is such a disgrace, good people don’t go into government.” Those are the words of Donald Trump and, frankly, there will be a lot of people agreeing with him especially after his recent victory in the US. It hasn’t always been this way, though.