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Octonauts and the Deep Sea Volcano Adventure Fairfield Halls, London

A whole generation of small fry has fallen hook, line and sinker for the Octonauts, a CBeebies series about a submarine crew whose mission is to “explore, rescue and protect”.

Theatre Published on Thursday October 30 2014 at 18:27

Hancock’s Ashes BBC Radio 4

As is acknowleged several times in this drama, the transportation of ashes, particularly when they belong to the tragic and necessarily late figure of Tony Hancock, is a subject ripe for comedy.

Radio Published on Thursday October 30 2014 at 15:59

The Musical BBC Radio 2

Much will be made of the fact that Made in Dagenham, November’s big musical theatre opening, is yet another stage adaptation of a movie.

Radio Published on Thursday October 30 2014 at 13:17

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The Witch of Edmonton Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

The fourth and last offering in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Roaring Girls season of early modern plays with strong female roles is a work not seen in Stratford since 1981.

Theatre Published on Thursday October 30 2014 at 10:28

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La Boheme Coliseum, London

One of the first so-called verismo operas, there is not usually a ‘real-life’ feel to La Boheme - something Jonathan Miller’s 2009 production attempts to address.

Opera Published on Thursday October 30 2014 at 10:10

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Jonah and Otto Park Theatre, London

This revival, of a play first seen at Manchester’s Royal Exchange in 2008, reunites playwright Robert Holman with director Tim Stark, who directed Rafts and Dreams as part of the Holman season at the Royal Exchange in 2003.

Theatre Published on Thursday October 30 2014 at 09:52

Jump Peacock Theatre, London

Imagine a cross between a Jackie Chan comedy and a Tom and Jerry cartoon and you are halfway to the physical slapstick of Yegam Theatre’s mad Korean panto.

Dance Published on Wednesday October 29 2014 at 14:42

‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London

The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse again comes into its own with John Ford’s brooding, blood-washed tale of incest from the 1630s to open its second season.

Theatre Published on Wednesday October 29 2014 at 11:40

The Missing BBC1

BBC1’s eight-part thriller The Missing takes as its starting point the disappearance of a five-year-old boy in 2006, while on holiday in France.

TV Published on Wednesday October 29 2014 at 10:56

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Sunny Afternoon Harold Pinter Theatre, London

“Will they still be playing it in 30 years’ time?”, asks Ray Davies of his song Sunny Afternoon when it is first released in 1966.

Theatre Published on Wednesday October 29 2014 at 10:46

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Elves and the Shoemaker Audrey and Stanley Burton Theatre, Leeds

Trampolining elves, magical dancing shoes and a jaunty, hummable, score are among the successful ingredients for this new slant on the old Brothers Grimm fairytale.

Theatre Published on Tuesday October 28 2014 at 10:10

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Grand Guignol Southwark Playhouse, London

In 1903 the Theatre du Grand Guignol opened in Paris specialising in plays featuring very physical acts of horror and extreme madness.

Theatre Published on Tuesday October 28 2014 at 10:00

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Sweeney Todd Harrington’s Pie and Mash Shop, London

I’ve seen Sweeney Todds large and small from the Royal Opera House to the Union Theatre, and now from Broadway to Tooting Broadway.

Theatre Published on Tuesday October 28 2014 at 09:52

The Shootist BBC Radio 4

JB Books, a mythical gunfighter of the fading American West, was never going to take the long, slow road to death, but what is fascinating here is the ethical standpoint made by dramatist Nick Perry in adapting for radio Glendon Swarthout’s 1975 novel.

Radio Published on Monday October 27 2014 at 11:51

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Bondagers Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

Forthright and never sentimental, director Lu Kemp looks to the poetry of Sue Glover’s play about six women working a Borders farm in 19th century Scotland, to find her motivating force.

Theatre Published on Monday October 27 2014 at 10:57

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