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Rubbish Purcell Room, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, London

In contrast to the amazing special effects and explosions you will find in most children’s films and video games, the opening scene of Rubbish feels a little mundane, as four individuals dressed in protective overalls scurry around a rubbish dump searching for treasures hidden among the trash.

Theatre Published on Thursday April 17 2014 at 10:44

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Rodin London Coliseum

Of all the performing arts, dance exhibits the greatest degree of sexuality.

Dance Published on Thursday April 17 2014 at 10:28

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She Stoops to Conquer Cygnet Theatre, Exeter

Gilded picture frames flamboyantly set off this rich comic gem, instantly placing the story’s fulsome and decorative characters in period context.

Theatre Published on Thursday April 17 2014 at 10:16

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Henry IV Parts I and II Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

Continuing his journey through the First Folio, Gregory Doran’s excellent productions of Parts I and II of Henry IV for the Royal Shakespeare Company pick up where his Richard II left off.

Theatre Published on Thursday April 17 2014 at 10:00

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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