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Saxon Court Southwark Playhouse, London

There’s nothing much to like about the people in Daniel Anderson’s strident debut Saxon Court and it nearly drowns under the weight of its own unpleasantness.

Theatre Published on Tuesday November 25 2014 at 12:47

The Essay: Shaping the Air - Writers and Radio BBC Radio 3

During the first of five essays on the voice and radio, recorded in October at London’s British Academy, actor and director Samuel West discusses how unforgiving a medium radio is.

Radio Published on Tuesday November 25 2014 at 10:39

Chimera Gate, London

The Gate Theatre’s Who Does She Think She Is? season continues with Suli Holum and Deborah Stein’s cerebral solo show, which premiered at the 2012 Under the Radar Festival in New York.

Theatre Published on Tuesday November 25 2014 at 10:16

Persuasion St George’s Theatre, Great Yarmouth

The hard-working Hotbuckle Productions is on an extensive tour with Persuasion but few venues could be more suitable than Great Yarmouth’s St George’s Theatre, a magnificent Wren-style 18th century chapel which adds so greatly to the atmosphere.

Theatre Published on Tuesday November 25 2014 at 10:06

Peter Pan Watermill Theatre, Bagnor

Wendy without Michael and John? Mr Darling without Mrs? Cross-dressing mermaids? One might consider all of this sacrilegious but it could not be more of a salute to JM Barrie’s endearing story.

Theatre Published on Monday November 24 2014 at 16:34

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Alice in Wonderland Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Given that Morgan Lloyd Malcolm’s playwriting credits include a clutch of Lyric Hammersmith pantomimes, her new stage version of Lewis Carroll’s mad-as-a-hatter tale might be expected to re-locate 1860s Wonderland in Pantoland.

Theatre Published on Monday November 24 2014 at 11:13

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First Love Arcola, London

One of Samuel Beckett’s earlier novellas, First Love was originally written in 1946 but remained unpublished until 1973.

Theatre Published on Monday November 24 2014 at 10:47

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The Gospel According to the Other Mary London Coliseum

To a libretto by Peter Sellars based on the Old Testament, the New Testament, the medieval abbess Hildegard of Bingen and the writings of half a dozen politically active and mainly female 20th-century poets, John Adams’ passion oratorio premiered in concert in Los Angeles in 2012.

Opera Published on Monday November 24 2014 at 10:29

Cindermouse Little Angel Theatre, London

This spare and original resetting of Cinderella to Mousetown, where characters lend each other a paw, oozes charm and humour, as well as highlighting the talents of two highly accomplished puppeteers.

Theatre Published on Monday November 24 2014 at 10:27

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Stink Foot The Yard, London

With this new version of Sophocles’ lesser-known tragedy Philoctetes, the Yard continues to establish itself as a home for bold and imaginative work.

Theatre Published on Monday November 24 2014 at 10:27

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God Bless the Child Jerwood Theatre Upstairs, Royal Court, London

The latest episode in this venue’s current programme of work on the theme of revolution and resistance is a story about a rebellion of primary school children - and it features a cast which includes 15 eight to 10-year-olds.

Theatre Published on Friday November 21 2014 at 10:14

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Hoke’s Bluff Shoreditch Town Hall, London

The quarterback of the Hoke’s Bluff American football team has one shot to seize the day - one more throw of the dice, one more ‘play’.

Theatre Published on Thursday November 20 2014 at 16:28

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Triptych Sadler’s Wells, London

The dwindling numbers of audience members returning to their seats after parts one and two of Rambert’s triple bill, speaks volumes.

Dance Published on Thursday November 20 2014 at 11:24

Juno and the Paycock BBC Radio 3, November 16, 10pm

The shabby was too chic for some when Dublin’s Abbey Theatre (in a 2011 co-production with the National) evoked the city’s 1920s tenements with glistening, painterly effects.

Radio Published on Wednesday November 19 2014 at 15:49

Behind the Beautiful Forevers Olivier, National, London

David Hare delivers an impressive dramatic reconstruction of Katherine Boo’s painstakingly detailed account of life in a Mumbai slum where hordes of families jostle for a living, either by collecting bits of discarded plastic or metal or (far more lucratively) using the system of an increasingly prosperous, modernising nation to siphon off grants.

Theatre Published on Wednesday November 19 2014 at 10:51

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