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RSC release exciting new Cymbeline trailer

One of the lesser staged tragedies, Cymbeline kicks off the RSC’s autumn season in the heart of Shakespeare country before travelling to London’s Barbican. Melly Still directs this topical play where Britain is in crisis, alienated, insular and on the brink of disaster… sounding familiar? Post Brexit, many of the themes in Shakespeare’s play remain. The nation’s…

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Q&A: Sean Campion (Unfaithful, Found111)

Unfaithful opens at Found111 at the end of this month starring Matthew Lewis, Sean Campion, Niamh Cusack and Ruta Gedmintas, and it is shaping up to be one of the most highly anticipated shows of this summer. Following the critically acclaimed, sold out productions of The Dazzle and Bug at Found111, Emily Dobbs Productions presents the…

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Allegro – Southwark Playhouse

As the glorious Titanic musical sails off into the sunset, dynamic duo Thom Southerland and Danielle Tarento have revived Rodgers and Hammerstein’s lesser known musical, Allegro. It’s European premiere at the Southwark Playhouse is an attempt to turn this once musical flop into a musical sensation, and I must say they come pretty close. It’s…

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CTRL+ALT+DELETE – Camden Peoples Theatre

We often hit CTRL+ALT+DELETE to restart or reboot when technology fails or something malfunctions. But what if we could hit the reset button when a person is dysfunctional – if they have an internal error? Amy Jones would like to hit the hard reset on her abusive mother who has instilled years of terror on…

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Half A Sixpence – Chichester Festival Theatre

Need a story reworked, that explores Edwardian Britain and tales of the social classes? Then you can’t find any better than Downton Abbey’s own Julian Fellowes. Throw in some musical geniuses with the likes of Stiles and Drewe and man with a buck – Cameron Mackintosh, and you’ve got yourself the makings of one heck of…

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Yerma – Young Vic

I left the Young Vic in pieces. Infertility is something that is very close to my heart. It’s a very raw emotion that as a family we have endured, painfully watching close relatives undergo round after round of IVF with no success. It’s heart breaking and there is little consolation. It’s with this that Simon…

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Villain – Soho Theatre

Villain – the bad guy. Evil being. Antagonist. But what happens if you find yourself labelled as such, across social media, the press and you’re just a twenty-something social-worker, trying to make a difference. It’s a frightening realisation that you were just doing your job, and suddenly you find yourself shrouded in scandal and heightened…

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Rotterdam – Trafalgar Studios

Another stunning success at the acclaimed Theatre503 has deservedly found its way into the West End to the intimate setting at Trafalgar Studios 2. Jon Brittain’s bittersweet comedy Rotterdam, has been given a louder voice and rightly so; it’s an important piece that needs to be heard. Rotterdam tells the story of girlfriends Alice (Alice…

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Q&A: Richard Carson and Sanne Den Besten (Mamma Mia!)

MAMMA MIA! originally opened in London at the Prince Edward Theatre on 6 April 1999. Now in it’s 17th year at the Novello, the show has celebrated over 7,000 performances in London and has broken box office records in all three of its London homes. It’s an absolute West End favourite and features the much-loved…

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Breakfast at Tiffany’s – Theatre Royal, Haymarket

It’s one of the most highly anticipated shows of the summer, as singer Pixie Lott makes her stage debut playing Holly Golightly in Richard Greenberg’s adaptation of Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The iconic role was made famous by Audrey Hepburn in the 1961 film, who endorsed the morning ritual of standing in front of a gleaming…

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Two Little Dickie Birds – Brockley Jack

You know that woman at the bus stop who always talks to you about the weather or the price of fish or which mascara is good because she’s out of touch… well that’s Pauline. She’s the protagonist of David Allan’s newly written play Two Little Dickie Birds, now on at the Brockley Jack Studio. She’s…

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Calling all theatre-makers of the future – TheatreCraft is back!

Last year I volunteered at the incredible careers event organised by the fabulous people at TheatreCraft. They offer budding theatre professionals, aged 16-25 an amazing day, jam-packed with seminars, advice stations, workshops and one-to-ones with professionals. It’s aimed at those hoping to be the next set designers, costume makers, stunt organisers, lighting technicians, marketers and producers……

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How To Win Against History – Ovalhouse

It really shows the calibre of a production when you’ve had to scribble review notes on a NHS form in your bag, simply because you didn’t want to miss any of the golden moments out. I’m not normally one for making notes during a show – but this is a history lesson after all –…

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The Fix – Union Theatre

Michael Strassen’s revival of The Fix opens the brand new location of the Union Theatre. A musical centred around the turbulent world of American Politics and a fame starved mother, hungry for her spot in the limelight. Fra Fee takes the lead as unwilling son Cal Chandler, who finds himself thrust into the presidential race…

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No Quarter – Network Theatre

Duelling Productions present their latest creation, Polly Stenham’s biting drama No Quarter. It’s an intense 90 minutes portraying the life of wayward posh boy Robin (Ryan Whittle), who’s lived an isolated existence at his family’s country manor. He’s grown up with a home-schooled education, where real life is rooted in the pages of Enid Blyton,…

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