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Hay Fever Theatre Royal Bath

With the sad implosion of summer over this recent bank holiday, this vibrant staging of Noel Coward’s Hay Fever, with its scenario of being trapped in a country property with a demented family, couldn’t have been better timed.

Theatre Published on Thursday August 28 2014 at 10:12

Muse of Fire Shakespeare’s Globe, London

Fire destroyed the first Globe Theatre in 1613.

Theatre Published on Tuesday August 26 2014 at 19:09

The Boy Who Climbed Out of His Face The Jetty at Greenwich Peninsula, London

Given that The Boy Who Climbed Out of His Face is an immersive experience and, as such, contains many elements of surprise, it is a challenge to articulate an opinion while maintaining the sense of mystery.

Theatre Published on Tuesday August 26 2014 at 10:43

Ha Ha Hood! and The Prince of Leaves Civic Theatre, Chelmsford

Following previous renditions of this successful parody series, including last year’s critically acclaimed Ha Ha Holmes!, Ha Ha Hood and The Prince of Leaves provides a welcome escape from reality.

Theatre Published on Tuesday August 26 2014 at 10:23

Lolita The Lord Stanley, London

Nabokov’s 1955 masterpiece finds curious echoes in today’s mass media climate of stories of historical sex abuses.

Theatre Published on Tuesday August 26 2014 at 10:03

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Guys and Dolls Chichester Festival Theatre

The style and panache of Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows’s distillation of Damon Runyon’s classic story and characters, set to Frank Loesser’s tuneful but acerbically pointed songs, puts Guys and Dolls among the greatest of the musicals from Broadway’s golden age.

Theatre Published on Friday August 22 2014 at 10:57

Secret Cinema presents Back To The Future Queen Elizabeth Park, London

Since 2007, Secret Cinema has been blurring the line between film and theatre, creating immersive productions around classic movie screenings.

Theatre Published on Friday August 22 2014 at 10:19

The Ring Cycle Plays - The Rhine Gold/The Valkyrie/Siegfried/Twilight of the Gods The Scoop at More London, London

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.

Theatre Published on Monday August 18 2014 at 11:59

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Jezebel Soho Upstairs, Soho Theatre, London

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.

Theatre Published on Monday August 18 2014 at 10:09

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Muswell Hill White Bear Theatre, London

After the critical success of last year’s Invincible 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.

Theatre Published on Friday August 15 2014 at 10:01

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Punk Rock Lyric Theatre, Belfast

A burst of spontaneous applause ten minutes into Act II speaks volumes for audience engagement, as fearful, humiliated genius Chadwick Meade (Rory Corcoran) rounds on his tormentors with his devastating, existentialist intellect.

Theatre Published on Friday August 15 2014 at 09:55

Sherlock Holmes: A Working Hypothesis The Guildhall, York

After successive reinventions as a muscular, action-hero type (Guy Ritchie’s two films) and as a present day otherworldly genius (the BBC’s series, starring Benedict Cumberbatch) comes this interactive take on Holmes.

Theatre Published on Thursday August 14 2014 at 13:26

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Dogfight Southwark Playhouse, London

American songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul’s show A Christmas Story was Tony-nominated in 2013, but it is the team’s Off-Broadway musicals that have gradually reached the UK - firstly their song cycle Edges, and now the European premiere of Dogfight.

Theatre Published on Thursday August 14 2014 at 12:40

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Bad Jews Ustinov Studio, Bath

The summer season at the Theatre Royal Bath usually concentrates on the main house, with plays by writers of international repute.

Theatre Published on Wednesday August 13 2014 at 11:42

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La Traviata Soho Theatre, London

OperaUpClose’s slimmed-down staging of Verdi’s opera manages to make do with just five singers (no separate chorus) and a three-piece band - on the first night consisting of pianist/music director Alex Beetschen, clarinettist Sarah Douglas and cellist William Rudge - though as with the vocal principals there are alternative performers on other evenings.

Opera Published on Wednesday August 13 2014 at 11:22

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