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The Gamblers Dundee Rep

Theatre  Selma Dimitrijevic flaunts the deceptions of her artfully cruel production of Gogol’s The Gamblers for Greyscale and Dundee Rep.

Memphis Shaftesbury Theatre, London

Theatre  It took Hairspray, the 2003 Tony winner for best musical, five years to reach London and now Memphis, the 2010 winner, has taken the same amount of time to transfer here since it first opened on Broadway in September 2009.

A Harlem Dream Young Vic, London

Dance  In a mixed programme largely made up of conceptual contemporary choreography, Harlem Dream is an enticing offering.

The Father Ustinov Studio, Bath

Theatre  A work that has won a Moliere - the top theatre award in France - for best play of 2014 deserves a fine cast and a top-notch translator; the Ustinov has laudably provided both for the second of its trio of black comedies in new translations, which add up to another imaginative season from artistic director Laurence Boswell.

Solomon and Marion Birmingham Repertory Theatre

Theatre  This two-hander set in modern-day South Africa is a microcosm of a society in flux.

Abigail’s Party Leicester Curve

Theatre  Surprisingly, Abigail’s Party is the first Curve production to be played in the round, following an inspired choice to rip out the seats in the studio space.

Somewhere in England Anthony Hopkins, Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Mold

Theatre  For a decade-long run that straddled the 1940s, Tommy Handley’s radio series It’s That Man Again kept Britain laughing, broadcasting, as the announcer proclaimed each week, from “somewhere in England”.

Deep Pit Brass Works Theatre, Kingswood

Theatre  Shortlisted for The Stage 2014 Award for fringe theatre of the year, Brass Works Theatre has travelled a considerable distance in its first two years as the only professional company in south Gloucestershire.

The Rivals Arcola Theatre, London

Theatre  When Richard Brinsley Sheridan first staged The Rivals in 1775 it wasn’t an immediate success, and Selina Cadell’s new production at the Arcola takes some time to get going as well (at a running time of roughly three hours it has plenty).

Neville’s Island Duke of York’s Theatre, London

Theatre  The Duke of York’s Theatre has been turned into damp, smelly swampland.

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