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7 shows (besides Hamilton) to look out for in December: The Grinning Man, Dear Brutus, The Woman in White &…

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The year is rapidly coming to a close. But before it does, there are more great shows to see in the lead up to Christmas – in addition to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s wildly anticipated Broadway transfer of Hamilton. Here is Love London Love Culture’s guide to some of the best shows opening in December 2017.

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NEWS: Pleasance puts 132 more shows on sale for Edinburgh Fringe

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The Pleasance celebrates 33 years on the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this summer by adding its specially commissioned mobile theatre, appropriately Venue 33, to its complex. Plus, today (Thursday 20 April 2017), the Pleasance Theatre Trust announces 132 more shows on sale across all its venues with an array of exciting newcomers and Festival favourites highlighting the pages of Edinburgh Fringe 2017 programme, …

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NEWS: Alternative Christmas comedy The Crumple Zone gets British premiere

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On the alternative Christmas show offerings, the British premiere of Buddy Thomas’ The Crumple Zone will have a limited season this month at two London fringe venues. Directed by Robert McWhir, it runs at Clapham Omnibus 19 to 23 December 2016, before transferring north to the Pleasance Theatre from 27 to 29 December.

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SPILL – Pleasance Theatre

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Discovering sex is probably one of the most definitive moments of a young life. Good, bad or indifferent, everyone remembers their sexual awakening. Masturbation, losing your virginity, rape, fantasies, dating, sexual identity and a handful of other topics come up in Propolis Theatre’s Spill, with a cast of eleven young theatre makers from Bristol.

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RED RIDING HOOD – Pleasance Theatre

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As it’s the run up to Christmas, pantos are saturating our stages. There are the traditional ones and plenty that give themselves another label in the hope of getting attention: boutique, adult and gay spring to mind. Then there are other shows that are close to panto in that they’re family friendly and/or based on fairytales, like Polka Theatre’s Beauty & the Beast.

New musical Red Riding Hood, by the team that brought audiences the stage adaptation of The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Jake Brunger and Pippa Cleary, also falls into this category.

NEXT LESSON – Pleasance Theatre

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In 1998, Thatcher introduced controversial Section 28 that banned promotion of homosexuality, publishing materials that supported it and teaching its acceptability in schools. Playwright Chris Woodley, fascinated by the change in schools’ attitudes towards homosexuality in pupils and staff between his student years in the 1980s and his teaching career in the 2000s, documents the effects of Section 28 on those affiliated with schools: pupils, teachers, and staff and parents alike. The play loosely centres on the character Michael, a GCSE student at Beckenham High School in 1988, who returns to teach there in 1996. Though Section 28 was not repealed in England until 2003, difference becomes more acceptable as time passes but Woodley still shows the impact on individual lives through such bigoted legislation.