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Shakespeare in Love Noel Coward Theatre, London

Declan Donnellan’s stage adaptation of the Oscar-laden 1998 film - in which Judi Dench famously acquired a best supporting actress award for her eight-minute turn as Queen Elizabeth I - is carried by its not inconsiderable charms.

Theatre Published on Thursday July 24 2014 at 10:34

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Holes Arcola Tent, London

Tom Basden’s Holes takes the plot of TV’s Lost and splices it with Lord of the Flies: the writer, a BBC favourite, strands three conference organisers and a teenager on an island, and invites us to watch them disintegrate.

Theatre Published on Thursday July 24 2014 at 10:26

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Calamity Jane Watermill, Newbury

With a successful history of actor/musician productions, including Sunset Boulevard and last year’s Witches of Eastwick, the Watermill is stepping back in time to present this popular musical featuring an Oscar-winning score by Sammy Fain.

Theatre Published on Thursday July 24 2014 at 10:06

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Coppelia London Coliseum

The popularity of athleticism, and so-called ‘bra and knicker ballets’ - where the dancers wear little more than underwear - has sidelined many traditional productions; Coppelia is one refugee of this trend.

Dance Published on Thursday July 24 2014 at 09:52

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Wendy Whelan: Restless Creature Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House, London

Wendy Whelan presents four collaborative duets, which she performs with each choreographer.

Dance Published on Wednesday July 23 2014 at 13:02

Aida Coade, Bryanston

In its 40th anniversary year, Dorset Festival Opera demonstrates impressive standards in this full-scale production of one of Verdi’s grandest works.

Opera Published on Wednesday July 23 2014 at 11:00

The Boy Who Fell Into a Book Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

As Alan Ayckbourn has opted to direct this musical with the team behind The Demon Headmaster stage show, we must assume that he approves of its treatment of his 1998 play.

Theatre Published on Wednesday July 23 2014 at 10:34

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The Two Gentlemen of Verona Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

The Two Gentlemen of Verona is a play of experiment - it’s the work of a writer finding his voice and in it you can see familiar themes and devices being fleshed out.

Theatre Published on Wednesday July 23 2014 at 09:46

Romeo and Juliet Oriental Club, London

The original Lord Chamberlain’s Men founded in 1594 was one of the two leading acting company of the era, featuring performances in secondary roles by Shakespeare himself.

Theatre Published on Wednesday July 23 2014 at 09:27

Deathtrap St Edmund’s Hall, Southwold

More than 30 years since it became the longest-running thriller on Broadway, Ira Levin’s play within a play still packs an evil punch.

Theatre Published on Tuesday July 22 2014 at 19:39

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Medea Olivier, National, London

Helen McCrory returns to the National Theatre in the title role of Euripides’ play about a woman who kills her children in revenge for her husband Jason’s infidelity - and the threat of losing them anyway when he decides to leave her, and start a new life with a younger bride.

Theatre Published on Tuesday July 22 2014 at 09:39

Latitude Festival 2014 Henham Park, Southwold, Suffolk

Latitude’s performance lineup is always richly eclectic and this year more than matched the dramatically varied skies - alternating between dazzling sunshine and epic storms - above.

Theatre Published on Tuesday July 22 2014 at 09:17

Aliens Love Underpants Leicester Square Theatre, London

The story of Timmy (Harrison Spiers) floating off into space to consort with aliens who love to raid Earth to steal underpants from washing lines is fun.

Theatre Published on Monday July 21 2014 at 14:42

Mummenschanz: Musicians of Silence Peacock Theatre, London

Celebrating 40 years of non-verbal mummery, this show from the uber-mime company Mummenschantz selects the best bits and runs them together; therein lies its appeal and its failing.

Dance Published on Monday July 21 2014 at 10:28

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Son of Man Crypt of the Museum of the Order of St John, London

The space has a power of its own for this intense passion play, performed in an atmospheric historic setting.

Theatre Published on Monday July 21 2014 at 10:12

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