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Birangona: Women of War The Lost Theatre, London

This is an affecting debut from the Komola Collective, a company set up to tell previously untold histories from women’s perspectives.

Theatre Published on Wednesday April 16 2014 at 17:50

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A Steady Rain Ustinov Studio, Bath

The third season of UK premieres of American plays at the Ustinov continues to impress with this hard-edged Chicago street drama, first staged in the US in 2007, about two cops at the crossroads of their relationship.

Theatre Published on Wednesday April 16 2014 at 10:02

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The Roaring Girl Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

The RSC’s Roaring Girls season begins, appropriately enough, with Dekker and Middleton’s city comedy of 1611 inspired by the life of Mary Frith, the infamous cross-dressing thief known as ‘Moll Cutpurse’, .

Theatre Published on Wednesday April 16 2014 at 09:50

Russell Howard: Wonderbox Royal Albert Hall, London

The boyish charms of telly-friendly comic Russell Howard are stretched by his latest show, Wonderbox, the contents of which feel more arbitrary as it progresses.

Light Entertainment Published on Wednesday April 16 2014 at 09:44

Morecambe Ashcroft Theatre, Croydon

Tim Whitnall’s one-man play opens with the death of Eric Morecambe at the age of 58 and sees the comic at the pearly gates, ready to tell the audience his side of the story.

Theatre Published on Wednesday April 16 2014 at 09:42

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The Great Gatsby Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch

Simon Jessop marks his directorial debut in what proves a refreshing adaptation of this classic 1920s tale - after Baz Luhrmann’s flamboyant recent film portrayal, it’s a challenge for any director to bring something new to the table.

Theatre Published on Tuesday April 15 2014 at 09:50

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Relative Values Harold Pinter Theatre, London

Fresh from its success in Bath, Trevor Nunn’s lavish and tourist-friendly production of Coward’s crowd-pleaser ought to find a successful second lease of life in the West End.

Theatre Published on Tuesday April 15 2014 at 09:42

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Oh My Sweet Land The Maria, Young Vic, London

Inspired by a trip that writer and director Amir Nizar Zuabi and German-Syrian actor Corinne Jaber took together to the Syrian refugee camps in Jordan, Oh My Sweet Land is a poetic one-woman play that explores the current crisis in Syria, as refracted through the stories of the country’s refugees.

Theatre Published on Tuesday April 15 2014 at 09:36

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Incognito/Peddling/The Girl’s Guide to Saving the World HighTide Theatre Festival, Halesworth

Nick Payne’s new play, Incognito, is a superb dissection of memory and identity.

Theatre Published on Monday April 14 2014 at 13:43

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The Rite of Spring and Petrushka Sadler’s Wells, London

After flirting unnecessarily with gender equality by revising the production with six men and six women, Michael Keegan-Dolan has restored the male-heavy stage presence of the 2009 original.

Dance Published on Monday April 14 2014 at 10:21

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Pirate Gran Greenwich Theatre, London

Gran (Pauline Goldsmith) is entertaining her grandchildren with an elaborate game of pirates in this original, funny, rhythmic piece, which, among other things, celebrates the transformative, intergenerational power of play.

Theatre Published on Monday April 14 2014 at 10:00

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A View from the Bridge Young Vic, London

Subjecting a very realistic and time-and-place-bound play to a non-traditional staging proves a successful risk for director Ivo van Hove who, by moving from a Brooklyn apartment to a bare thrust stage, achieves Arthur Miller’s quest to make tragedy out of the experience of the common man.

Theatre Published on Monday April 14 2014 at 09:48

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She Would Walk the Sky Roundhouse, London

Coming from the creative team behind the international smash Cantina, and with a line-up including some of Australia’s top circus artists, plus live onstage music from Sue Simpson and Trent Arkleysmith, She Would Walk the Sky holds so much promise - but while it’s rare to make circus soporific, with the help of Finegan Kruckemeyer’s prose, that’s what Company 2 does.

Light Entertainment Published on Monday April 14 2014 at 09:40

Minotaur Polka Theatre, London

This robust and original piece is about confronting demons, whether that means living with the fear of what is happening to your dad in a 2014 war zone or facing the Minotaur in the murky but terrifying depths of Greek mythology.

Theatre Published on Friday April 11 2014 at 19:08

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The Winter’s Tale Royal Opera House, London

This exquisite new ballet by Christopher Wheeldon transports the Covent Garden audience to undiscovered waters and undreamed shores.

Dance Published on Friday April 11 2014 at 18:42

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