2020 mid-year update

  Against my usual penchant for starting off slowly and then steadily heading for entropy, I went straight in at the deep end this year: my first week back in London (& the first full week of the year) was set down as #MindTheMusicals 2020! That means, of course, I began my theatregoing year by […]

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Nuclear War/Buried/Graceland

Boxless Theatre, Bag of Beard, Grindstone, and Take Two Theatricals have come together to present Nuclear War with Buried and Graceland. The three pieces are all set in very different places, but by virtue of common themes and styles they have been brought together as a triptych at the Old Red Lion Theatre. Buried – David Spencer (dir. Ryan Hutton […]

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The Brief Life & Mysterious Death of Boris III, King of Bulgaria: Part The First

“By March 2020, here’s hoping every Boris is history.” I’ll be honest, if I didn’t already know of Out of the Forest Theatre’s work, that line on their VAULT Festival page would have been enough to make me want to see their new show – not least the accompanying hashtag #MakeBorisHistory. But having seen and […]

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Bin Juice

What’s the strangest job interview you’ve ever had? I bet it doesn’t come close to Belinda’s. Shouted at and belittled from the moment she enters the door, it seems she’s made an instant enemy in interviewer Francine – Marla, on the other hand, is a little more laidback about everything. And so begins Cat Kolubayev’s […]

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Can I Help You?

Theatre company Playing ON celebrates its tenth anniversary this year; it was set up to provide a voice for the voiceless, producing pieces of new writing to tell the stories of the disenfranchised – and also running workshops that seek to engage its participants in the route to employment, or even start down the path […]

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V&V

Meet Virginia Woolf & Vita Sackville-West, and Mia & Lottie. Two couples who underpin their relationships with written communication; taking place around a century apart, Woolf and Sackville-West are reliant on letters, whereas Mia and Lottie make do with various forms of instant messaging following their pairing on a dating app. These two love stories, […]

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United Queendom

You know when Les Enfants Terribles come up with a project it’s going to be something a little different; whether it’s inviting you down the rabbit hole for Alice’s Adventures Underground, or into the surreal world of Flies, there’s always a little twist to keep you on your toes. They’ve gone all-out with their brand […]

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Macbeth (Lazarus Theatre)

“All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter!” Power and glory loom large in Lazarus Theatre‘s new production of the Scottish Play, with the associated pageantry punctuating the beginning, middle & end. This particular Shakespeare play has proved very popular over recent months, its eventually tyrannical title character and the ensuing civil war clearly striking […]

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