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‘Using theatre to entertain & appal’: A VERY EXPENSIVE POISON – Old Vic Theatre ★★★★★

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Marina Litvinenko’s final address in A Very Expensive Poison, reminding us of our political cowardice and idly greedy tolerance of crooked Russian money in our capital city, will bring theatres to their feet in admiration for her and shame at our shabbiness. It needed telling.

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What are the Top 15 hottest tickets on the site right NOW?

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we’re looking backwards and forwards for our final list today. These are our current Top 15 Ticket Recommendations – broken down into five musicals, five plays and five ‘star attractions’ (in other words, there are famous faces in the cast) – based on both best-sellers over the past month as well as our predictions on the hottest of upcoming openings…

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REVIEW ROUND-UP: The Dresser at the Duke of York’s Theatre

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Ken Stott and Reece Shearsmith star in Ronald Harwood’s play about two men reluctantly co-dependent. After touring, the production officially opened last week at the West End’s Duke of York’s Theatre, where it’s booking until 14 January 2016. What have critics been saying about it?

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THE DRESSER – West End

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Witty and heartfelt, Ken Stott and Reece Shearsmith’s evocation of this classic play about theatre life is moving and impressive. The house darkens, the curtain lifts and bombs shake plaster from the ceiling. We are in the middle of a ‘tatty tour of the provinces’, marooned in the dressing room of a theatre battered by German shelling in the 1940s.

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What we’re looking forward to in Chichester Festival’s winter season

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We’re confirmed fans of Chichester Festival Theatre here, and for us their announcement of a new season is a bit like Christmas! The Winter 2016 season has a great range of entertainment and there’s sure to be something for everyone’s tastes! Edward Fox, Liza Goddard, Amanda Holden, Felicity Kendal, Robert Powell, Reece Shearsmith, Ken Stott and Imogen Stubbs are among the stars appearing in plays by writers from Alan Ayckbourn to Ronald Harwood, alongside contemporary work from Frantic Assembly and Spymonkey

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NEWS: Selina Cadell & Harriet Thorpe join The Dresser, First images released

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The first images of Ken Stott and Reece Shearsmith in a new production of Ronald Harwood’s The Dresser were released today, along with two new cast members: Selina Cadell and Harriet Thorpe. The Dresser, directed by Sean Foley, will play at the West End’s Duke of York’s Theatre from 5 October 2016 to 14 January 2017

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NEWS: Ken Stott & Reece Shearsmith in The Dresser, Griff Rhys Jones in The Miser

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Director Sean Foley who has recently enjoyed sell-out success adapting and directing The Painkiller, with Kenneth Branagh and Rob Brydon in the Branagh Theatre Company season of Plays at the Garrick will, starting this autumn, under producer Mark Goucher, direct two new star-studded productions in the West End: Ronald Harwood’s The Dresser with Ken Stott and Reece Shearsmith, and The Miser with Griff Rhys Jones.

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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 …

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NEWS: Andy Nyman joins West End Hangmen, Full cast

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Full casting has today been announced for the West End run of the Royal Court Theatre’s production of Hangmen. Producers Robert Fox, Matthew Byam Shaw for Playful Productions and Royal Court Theatre Productions are delighted to announce that Andy Nyman will play Syd, Craig Parkinson will take on the role of Inspector Fry and Tony Hirst will play Bill, completing the cast of the West End production. Directed by Matthew Dunster, Martin McDonagh’s Hangmen will transfer to the Wyndham’s Theatre for a strictly limited season, previewing from 1 December.

HANGMEN – Royal Court

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Grotesque. Morbid. Hilarious. Dark, absurd, evocative. Start with the last one. This is a period-conscious piece, even more than Martin McDonagh’s Irish-set works (The Beauty Queen of Leenane, The Cripple of Inishmaan, both recently and brilliantly staged).

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NEWS: Kim Cattrall returns to London stage, David Morrissey meets McDonagh’s Hangman

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The Royal Court Theatre this week announced its autumn season, running from August 2015 to January 2016, which will include the first new stage play from Martin McDonagh (The Beauty Queen of Leenane, The Cripple of Inishmaan, The Pillowman onstage; In Bruges, Seven Psycopaths onscreen). Programming news has now been followed up with major casting updates including Kim Cattrall, David …