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Reviews

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Peter Pan Watermill Theatre, Bagnor

Wendy without Michael and John? Mr Darling without Mrs? Crossing dressing mermaids? One might consider all of this sacrilegious but it could not be more of a salute to JM Barrie’s endearing story.

Theatre Published on Monday November 24 2014 at 16:34

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Alice in Wonderland Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Given that Morgan Lloyd Malcolm’s playwriting credits include a clutch of Lyric Hammersmith pantomimes, her new stage version of Lewis Carroll’s mad-as-a-hatter tale might be expected to re-locate 1860s Wonderland in Pantoland.

Theatre Published on Monday November 24 2014 at 11:13

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First Love Arcola, London

One of Samuel Beckett’s earlier novellas, First Love was originally written in 1946 but remained unpublished until 1973.

Theatre Published on Monday November 24 2014 at 10:47

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The Gospel According to the Other Mary London Coliseum

To a libretto by Peter Sellars based on the Old Testament, the New Testament, the medieval abbess Hildegard of Bingen and the writings of half a dozen politically active and mainly female 20th-century poets, John Adams’ passion oratorio premiered in concert in Los Angeles in 2012.

Opera Published on Monday November 24 2014 at 10:29

Cindermouse Little Angel Theatre, London

This spare and original resetting of Cinderella to Mousetown, where characters lend each other a paw, oozes charm and humour, as well as highlighting the talents of two highly accomplished puppeteers.

Theatre Published on Monday November 24 2014 at 10:27

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Stink Foot The Yard, London

With this new version of Sophocles’ lesser-known tragedy Philoctetes, the Yard continues to establish itself as a home for bold and imaginative work.

Theatre Published on Monday November 24 2014 at 10:27

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God Bless the Child Jerwood Theatre Upstairs, Royal Court, London

The latest episode in this venue’s current programme of work on the theme of revolution and resistance is a story about a rebellion of primary school children - and it features a cast which includes 15 eight to 10-year-olds.

Theatre Published on Friday November 21 2014 at 10:14

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Hoke’s Bluff Shoreditch Town Hall, London

The quarterback of the Hoke’s Bluff American football team has one shot to seize the day - one more throw of the dice, one more ‘play’.

Theatre Published on Thursday November 20 2014 at 16:28

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Triptych Sadler’s Wells, London

The dwindling numbers of audience members returning to their seats after parts one and two of Rambert’s triple bill, speaks volumes.

Dance Published on Thursday November 20 2014 at 11:24

Juno and the Paycock BBC Radio 3, November 16, 10pm

The shabby was too chic for some when Dublin’s Abbey Theatre (in a 2011 co-production with the National) evoked the city’s 1920s tenements with glistening, painterly effects.

Radio Published on Wednesday November 19 2014 at 15:49

Behind the Beautiful Forevers Olivier, National, London

David Hare delivers an impressive dramatic reconstruction of Katherine Boo’s painstakingly detailed account of life in a Mumbai slum where hordes of families jostle for a living, either by collecting bits of discarded plastic or metal or (far more lucratively) using the system of an increasingly prosperous, modernising nation to siphon off grants.

Theatre Published on Wednesday November 19 2014 at 10:51

L’Elisir d’Amore Royal Opera House, London

There’s a sure-footedness about Laurent Pelly’s L’Elisir d’Amore, now receiving its third revival at the Royal Opera House.

Opera Published on Wednesday November 19 2014 at 10:37

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Accolade St James Theatre, London

In 2011, the ever-invaluable Finborough in Earl’s Court uncovered another of its regular rediscoveries with the first-ever revival, since its original production in 1950, of Emlyn Williams’ Accolade.

Theatre Published on Tuesday November 18 2014 at 10:09

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Stick Man Leicester Square Theatre, London

Returning to the West End for a Christmas run, this charming rendition of the Axel Scheffler and Julia Donaldson (of Gruffalo fame) classic continues to enchant.

Theatre Published on Monday November 17 2014 at 15:50

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Glare Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House, London

When is the perfect girlfriend too perfect? When she seems always, uncannily, on your wavelength? When she repeats the same perfect moves in bed, night after night? When she can state the exact number of decibels the nightclub soundsystem is pumping out? This, in Soren Nils Eichberg and Hannah Dubgen’s new one-act Royal Opera House commission, is when Alex starts to feel uneasy.

Opera Published on Monday November 17 2014 at 11:23

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