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Francis, the Jester of God at Anglican parish of St Francis of Assisi, West Wickham

Mario Pirovano’s welcomes the audience to his one-man performance of Francis, the Holy Jester as a politician on the hustings. Launching the show with the promise of overturning centuries of misconceptions, he springs into the story of Francis, emphasizing that the real stories of the thirteenth century Italian saint are uniquely wonderful because they show […]

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The White Witch of Rose Hall

The Chilling Drama of Annie Palmer: The White Witch of Rose Hall at Broadway Theatre A historical tale, set in the 1830s on one of Jamaica’s largest plantations. A story of power, sex and a fight for freedom, set against the backdrop of William Wilberforce’s campaign for the abolition of slavery. The White Witch Of Rose Hall, at […]

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As You Like It

Comedy turned on its head: As You Like It at the Rose Theatre Bankside  As You Like It, directed by Jessica Ruano, rewrites Shakespeare’s comedy by omitting the sub-plots of the play involving the comic characters of Touchstone, Corin, Silvius, Phoebe and Audrey. Her re-arranging and editing of Shakespeare’s narrativeensures that the play is re-written as a tragedy, resisting […]

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The Spanish Tragedy

An Appetite For Revenge: The Spanish Tragedy at the Blue Elephant Lazarus Theatre productions never fail to grab you from the moment you enter the theatre. You step through into a world of mayhem as if stepping through an invisible membrane that divides you from where you’ve come. At the Blue Elephant Theatre. Thomas Kyd’s The Spanish Tragedy is […]

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Gotta Sing Gotta Dance

Only in musicals… Gotta Sing Gotta Dance at Richmond Theatre See this show. It will allow you to experience the beauty and grandeur of song and dance at its best. At Richmond Theatre. The title of a theatre production is designed to provoke a reaction; Gotta Sing Gotta Dance had a decided effect on me, leading me to expect the […]

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Profumo The Musical

A musical about a scandal: Profumo The Musical at Waterloo East Theatre Unfortunately, the Profumo The Musical gives us nothing new on the Profumo Affair. Everyone, including the Kray Brothers, seemed perfectly nice and ordinary. Can anyone remember what the fuss was about? At Waterloo East. Profumo: The Musical, produced and written by Gordon Kenny, presents the events around […]

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The Pitman Painters

The Pitman Painters paint their lives at the Richmond Theatre The popularity of Lee Hall’s The Pitman Painters is evident from its sell-out seasons at the National Theatre, on Broadway and in the West End. Arguably, such success must make Hall’s play one of the past decade’s most significant English dramas to engage contemporary audiences in re-looking at […]

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Forget Me Not

Why World War I poets are revered in English Literature while World War II poet Keith Douglas is largely forgotten poses are interesting question about our cultural values. A promising idea, however, left unrealized in Shane Burke’s Forget Me Not. At the Tea House Theatre.   The question of who and what we choose to remember, […]

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The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby: The Musical    Genre: Musical Theatre Venue:  Riverside Studios, Crisp Rd, London, W6 9RL.   Low Down   Joe Evan’s music & lyrics and Linnie Reedman’s adaptation of F Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby’s nostalgic view of America between the wars glistens and sparkles with a destructive glory. The tragic love story of rich […]

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Dido, Queen of Carthage

Dido, Queen of Carthage    Genre: Drama Venue: Greenwich Theatre Crooms Hill London SE10 8ES     Low Down     There’s something quite brilliant about the way Ricky Duke deals with the realisation of poetic language in Dido Queen of Carthage. For me, he seems to work with the metaphors that characterise mythical places and […]