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The Life and Times of Mitchell and Kenyon The Dukes, Lancaster

In these days of selfies and social networking it’s difficult to imagine just how astonishing the achievements of pioneering film makers Sagar Mitchell and James Kenyon must have seemed.

Theatre Published on Wednesday April 23 2014 at 17:37

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20th Century Boy Opera House, Manchester

There is a feeling of foreboding in the early stages of this new production of 20th Century Boy - a biographical, jukebox musical dedicated to the life and career of Marc Bolan - and it’s not caused by the projections of newspaper cuttings reporting the singer’s death at 29 in a car accident more than 30 years ago.

Theatre Published on Wednesday April 23 2014 at 15:41

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An Intervention Palace Theatre, Watford

As prolific as ever, Mike Bartlett follows up one new play, Kings Charles III, with this smart two-hander, which begins with a drink-fuelled confrontation between A, a young woman who has just been on an anti-war protest, and her best friend, B, who stayed at home.

Theatre Published on Wednesday April 23 2014 at 10:13

Some Enchanted Evening Crazy Coqs, London

While singer/songwriter Amanda McBroom is no stranger to London audiences, this is the first time that she has performed in the capital with husband, the singer George Ball.

Light Entertainment Published on Wednesday April 23 2014 at 10:11

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Every Last Trick Royal and Derngate, Northampton

James Dacre’s inaugural season as artistic director at the Royal and Derngate continues with Tamsin Oglesby’s new version of George Feydeau’s Le Systeme Ribadier - in which a philandering husband uses his powers of hypnotism to put his wife to sleep while he gads about with another woman.

Theatre Published on Wednesday April 23 2014 at 10:01

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Privacy Donmar Warehouse, London

For once, you are requested to leave your phone on at the theatre.

Theatre Published on Wednesday April 23 2014 at 09:53

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Romeo and Juliet King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Scottish Ballet’s revival of Krzysztof Pastor’s Romeo and Juliet sits well with the recent tenure of Christopher Hampson as artistic director.

Dance Published on Tuesday April 22 2014 at 12:03

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A Spoonful of Sherman St James Studio, London

It’s a slight paradox to put a pair of songwriters who didn’t write for the theatre at the centre of a theatrical entertainment, even if two of the biggest movie hits they scored - Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Mary Poppins - subsequently migrated to the stage.

Theatre Published on Tuesday April 22 2014 at 10:11

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La Traviata Royal Opera House, London

The first of two casts takes to the Covent Garden stage in the latest revival, by Daniel Dooner, of Richard Eyre’s production - new in 1994 - of Verdi’s classic.

Opera Published on Tuesday April 22 2014 at 09:59

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HeadSpace Dance - If Play Is Play Linbury Studio, London

For a small, fledgling (founded in 2012) and modestly funded dance company, HeadSpace Dance is making progress in leaps and bounds.

Dance Published on Tuesday April 22 2014 at 09:55

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The School for Scheming Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond upon Thames

As the curtain falls on Sam Walters’ 43-year reign at the Orange Tree - Paul Miller takes over as artistic director in July - this little known mid-19th century comedy, directed by Walters’ wife, Auriol Smith, is appropriately representative of their sterling work as theatrical excavators and resuscitators.

Theatre Published on Tuesday April 22 2014 at 09:43

Archimedes’ Principle Park Theatre, London

Produced three years ago in Spain, Coromina’s tale of a swimming instructor who may or may not have inappropriately touched a child receives its UK premiere.

Theatre Published on Tuesday April 22 2014 at 09:39

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Rubbish Purcell Room, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, London

In contrast to the amazing special effects and explosions you will find in most children’s films and video games, the opening scene of Rubbish feels a little mundane, as four individuals dressed in protective overalls scurry around a rubbish dump searching for treasures hidden among the trash.

Theatre Published on Thursday April 17 2014 at 10:44

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Rodin London Coliseum

Of all the performing arts, dance exhibits the greatest degree of sexuality.

Dance Published on Thursday April 17 2014 at 10:28

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She Stoops to Conquer Cygnet Theatre, Exeter

Gilded picture frames flamboyantly set off this rich comic gem, instantly placing the story’s fulsome and decorative characters in period context.

Theatre Published on Thursday April 17 2014 at 10:16

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