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Tick Tock

Heavy-handed drama about the psychological ramifications of infertility...

The Ring Cycle Plays - The Rhine Gold/The Valkyrie/Siegfried/Twilight of the Gods

Given that – including intervals – the play in its entirety has a four-and-a-half-hour running time, it is astonishing how fresh and fast-paced it feels throughout.
The four distinct stories surrounded by intervals provide audience members with the opportunity to pick and choose how long they stay, but witnessing all four together, as the sun goes down over the Tower...

Jezebel

A surprisingly sweet comedy about a sexually frustrated couple’s decision to engage in a threesome, Irish company Rough Magic’s Jezebel stimulates plenty of laughs but lacks the salacious bite its subject matter intimates.
Looking to spice things up in the bedroom to save their otherwise perfect relationship, Alan and Robin decide to scour the local night-club for their plus-one prey....

Muswell Hill

After the critical success of last year’s Invicible at the Orange Tree Theatre and later the St James, Torben Betts’ 2012 hit is given a welcome revival at the fringe venue that showcased some of his early writing. A specialist in the sturm-und-drang of middle-class life, Betts’ Muswell Hill witnesses what is arguably the most horrendous social gathering since Leigh’s...

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Hamlet

Hamlet by Harry Venning for week 33, 2014

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Are audiences just a cash cow for theatres?

Theatre buildings exist, first and foremost, to offer a place for actors to perform their shows and for audiences to pay to see them do so. They are places where those two communities come together to share…

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    Exclusively in the August 14 issue of The Stage
     
    • How much? The Stage exposes the hidden costs of a visit to the theatre in an exclusive survey of bar, snack and programme prices
    • Chris Goode talks terrorism, the Traverse and paying for his dinner with loose change
    • "I slept in a cupboard"... and other confessions from the festival scene
    • @WestEndProducer introduces his plans to electrocute anyone playing Candy Crush during Macbeth
    • Acting alongside Kevin Costner and a part in The Full Monty: Russ Abbott talks about the ones that got away
    • Designer Soutra Gilmour talks about The Crucible, Richard III and "blood, guts and gore"