What were our Top 25 reviews & other blogs in October 2017?

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As it’s the first of the month, we’re taking a moment to remind ourselves of the most popular contributions from our 20+ syndicate Mates bloggers from the month just closed. What were the reviews and other blogs that got readers clicking most? Any surprises? Our Top 25 Mates Blogs from October 2017 are listed below with summaries and links to read more.

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Top 25 blogs
What the doctor ordered: Ian`s return to The Lorax... in verse 
What the doctor ordered: Ian’s return to The Lorax… in verse
Ian Foster: Two winters ago if you went to the Old Vic, Your life would have been filled with something fantastic. A musical treat fit for all of the family, The Lorax is as good as such a show could be.
`Drama at a totally different level`: Punchdrunk`s Kabeiroi ★★★★ 
‘Drama at a totally different level’: Punchdrunk’s Kabeiroi ★★★★
Julia Ross: Oblivious passers-by sometimes appeared odd and threatening, and I had the near-constant the feeling that we were being watched – which probably we were.
Spotlight On... Actor-turned-director Kathy Burke ahead of two new productions 
Spotlight On… Actor-turned-director Kathy Burke ahead of two new productions
Shanine Salmon: Kathy Burke is not a woman you’ll often see on the red carpet of a West End press night. She doesn’t enjoy the photographs and expectations that come with it.
Young people at the theatre: Can we - should we - teach them show etiquette? 
Young people at the theatre: Can we – should we – teach them show etiquette?
Susan Elkin: The problem is that there’s a very fine line between enthusiastic engagement and disruptive behaviour. And if one person’s enjoyment of a show spoils someone else’s by, for instance, making…
First look at Spanish Theatre Company`s The House of Bernarda Alba
First look at Spanish Theatre Company’s The House of Bernarda Alba
PHOTOS: First look at Spanish Theatre Company’s The House of Bernarda Alba | My Theatre Mates
KRISTIN CHENOWETH - West End 
KRISTIN CHENOWETH – West End
Olivia Mitchell: Like many UK Kristin fans, I saw Wicked when it opened back in 2006, subsequently listened to the Broadway recording and fell in love with the cast.
THE REAL THING - Touring 
THE REAL THING – Touring
Helen McWilliams: The Real Thing by Tom Stoppard is not a piece I was readily familiar with, however the themes and intricacies of the script certainly don’t cover unfamiliar territory.
Director Jorge de Juan on his Lorca journey & The House Of Bernarda Alba 
Director Jorge de Juan on his Lorca journey & The House Of Bernarda Alba
A major new production of Lorca’s 1936 playThe House of Bernarda Alba opens at the custom-built Cervantes Theatre.
SKIN TIGHT - Hope Theatre ★★★★★ 
SKIN TIGHT – Hope Theatre ★★★★★
Michael Davis: Based on Dennis Glover’s poem The Magpies, Gary Henderson’s Skin Tight has its own lyrical quality, with certain lines and references alluding to larger ideas and themes.
TRYST - Tabard Theatre 
TRYST – Tabard Theatre
Laura Kressly: George Joseph Smith was a petty thief and con man who preyed on the most vulnerable women he could find. He would win their love, and persuade them to elope.
VENUS IN FUR - West End ★★★★★ 
VENUS IN FUR – West End ★★★★★
Anne Cox: Whether you’re talking about Venus In Fur , the hottest, most electrifying two-hander to scorch across a West End stage in a long time.
WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION - County Hall ★★★★★ 
WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION – County Hall ★★★★★
Guest reviewer Paf Mohammed: The first crime uncovered in Witness for the Prosecution is this amazing space.
IN EVENT OF MOONE DISASTER - Theatre503 
IN EVENT OF MOONE DISASTER – Theatre503
Ian Foster: “If an alien came and said they’d whisk you away a thousand billion miles, to a different planet, but you’d never come back, would you go?”
BEGINNING - National Theatre ★★★★ 
BEGINNING – National Theatre ★★★★
Carole Woddis: It’s funny the way plays go in batches. A couple of years ago, the Young Vic revived two two-hander stormers and now two more have surfaced
ROMANTICS ANONYMOUS - Sam Wanamaker Playhouse ❤❤❤❤❤ 
ROMANTICS ANONYMOUS – Sam Wanamaker Playhouse ❤❤❤❤❤
What a scrummy treat this new musical is, with songs that are like a box of chocolate themselves: full of treats and unexpected surprises.
THE LADY FROM THE SEA - Donmar Warehouse ★★★ 
THE LADY FROM THE SEA – Donmar Warehouse ★★★
Guest Reviewer Michael Adair: Ibsen’s 1889 work, The Lady From the Sea has washed ashore at the Donmar in a new version by Elinor Cook.
TOXIC AVENGER - Arts Theatre 💚💚💚💚 
TOXIC AVENGER – Arts Theatre
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Emma Clarendon: This over the top, energetic and highly amusing musical has plenty to offer those who like their musicals with a bit of a quirky charm.
FLASHDANCE - Touring ★★★ 
FLASHDANCE – Touring ★★★
Olivia Mitchell: Based on the 1983 film (which I’ve never seen), Flashdance is the story of Alex Owens, a welder who dreams of being a dancer but has had no formal training.
B - Royal Court Theatre 
B – Royal Court Theatre
Daniel Perks: Guillermo Calderón’s B has an intimate feeling intermingled with an alternative, indie style of live production.
TURKEY - Hope Theatre 
TURKEY – Hope Theatre
Laura Kressley: Toni and Madeline are happily settled in their North London home, but Madeline is missing something.
WHAT SHADOWS - Park Theatre ★★★ 
WHAT SHADOWS – Park Theatre ★★★
Jonathan Baz: What Shadows from Chris Hannan is a well-researched fiction about the later years Enoch Powell’s life.
THE TEMPEST - Touring 
THE TEMPEST – Touring
Shanine Salmon: Bilimankhwe Arts’ production of Shakespeare’s self-conscious swansong looked, to my eyes, a very curious confection at first sight.
HAIR - The Vaults ★★★ 
HAIR – The Vaults ★★★
Johnny Fox: No ‘turn’ unstoned? The 14 young performers in Hair give a credible impression of being out of their skulls on psychedelic substances while delivering powerful vocals.
HEISENBERG: The Uncertainty Principle 
HEISENBERG: The Uncertainty Principle
Carole Woddis: I think I should start off by saying Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle that launches a brave new commercial venture in the West End.
Bridge Theatre
Welcome to the Bridge: An early visitor’s view from foyer to gender-neutral toilets & comfy seats
First things first, the foyer is extremely spacious and rather beautifully lit. So whilst there were hefty queues at the box office and the bar, there was still plenty of room to mill…
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