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Shadows of War Sadler’s Wells, London

The triumph of Birmingham Royal Ballet’s triple bill is in the way it sketches in the reaction of different societies as war approaches.

Dance Published on Monday October 20 2014 at 12:23

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Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris Charing Cross Theatre, London

There is a scene in Act II of this new production of Jacques Brel is Alive and Well in Living in Paris where all the elements come together to demonstrate how powerful the songs of the late Belgian-born songwriter can be.

Theatre Published on Monday October 20 2014 at 11:51

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A Farewell To Arms The Dukes, Lancaster

Some 84 years since Ernest Hemingway’s powerful story of love against all odds and the brutality of warfare made its Broadway debut, his iconic novel has finally been adapted for the UK stage.

Theatre Published on Monday October 20 2014 at 11:27

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The Bartered Bride Grand Theatre, Leeds

Not so much a Bohemian rhapsody, more a Czech tale of love in a cold war climate, Daniel Slater’s 1998 Opera North production won much praise for reimagining Smetana’s folk song-inspired opera by relocating its theme of true romance triumphing over an arranged marriage to the aftermath of the abortive Prague Spring of 1968.

Theatre Published on Monday October 20 2014 at 11:01

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Our Town Almeida Theatre, London

The award-winning American actor-director David Cromer brings his 2009 Off-Broadway hit revival of this classic play about small-town life to north London.

Theatre Published on Monday October 20 2014 at 10:55

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Scenes de Ballet/Five Brahms Waltzes in the Manner of Isadora Duncan/Symphonic Variations/A Month in the Country Royal Opera House, London

Ashtonian is the term now used to describe the singularly British form of ballet and there are no better practitioners of the style than the Royal Ballet whose association with its founding choreographer, Frederick Ashton, goes back to 1935.

Dance Published on Monday October 20 2014 at 10:43

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Life on the Moon Hackney Empire, London

Joining Handel and Bach on ETO’s national tour is a real rarity, an Austrian’s take on a Venetian tale of an old miser persuaded by a would-be astrologer that he has flown to the moon.

Opera Published on Monday October 20 2014 at 10:31

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Ottone Hackney Empire, London

Ottone is a 1722 opera seria charting the story of the German king Otto (Ottone) who, while en route to Rome to claim both the throne and his Byzantine bride, Teofane, is almost beaten to both by Adelberto, goaded by his mother Gismonda.

Opera Published on Monday October 20 2014 at 10:19

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The House That Will Not Stand Tricycle Theatre, London

There are echoes of Lorca’s House of Bernarda Alba in this appealing comedy set in New Orleans in 1836.

Theatre Published on Monday October 20 2014 at 10:07

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The Marriage of Figaro Coliseum, London

Fiona Shaw returns to revive her strenuous 2011 production.

Opera Published on Friday October 17 2014 at 11:31

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The Cherry Orchard Young Vic Theatre, London

After its recent sell-out production of A Streetcar Named Desire, the Young Vic offers a new production of Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard, continuing its amazing track record of reanimating classic plays with fresh, thrilling contemporary vigour and rigour.

Theatre Published on Friday October 17 2014 at 10:43

Unidentified Item in the Bagging Area Old Red Lion, London

The lives of older women is a theme that is being increasingly explored in theatre, as writers and actors seek to give a more prominent voice to 50-something females.

Theatre Published on Thursday October 16 2014 at 17:23

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Alston Wycombe Swan, High Wycombe

Richard Alston has been making dance since 1968, and some have criticised him for sticking to his classical/contemporary roots.

Dance Published on Thursday October 16 2014 at 14:04

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Bird Hackney Downs Studio

Laura Lomas’ Bird delicately unpicks the provocative issue of child sexual exploitation.

Theatre Published on Thursday October 16 2014 at 13:32

ALRA Graduate Actors Showcase 2014 Tristan Bates, London

A succinct showcase from this year’s graduates at the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts, but by no means slight, with performances of a selection of relatively uncommon pieces to its industry audience.

Student Showcase Published on Thursday October 16 2014 at 11:51

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