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Out of the Cage Park Theatre, London

The pursuit of equal rights and pay by a group of east London female munitions workers during the First World War is brought to life in an informal, almost confidential setting.

Theatre Published on Friday January 23 2015 at 13:44

The Arden BA (hons) Musical Theatre Graduate Showcase 2015 Leicester Square Theatre, London

Laura Warwick opens this student showcase solo with confidence and class, her gentle yet assertive soprano gradually supported by the company for the rousing Eastwick Knows, immediately highlighting the two strengths of this graduating year - character and chorus work.

Student Showcase Published on Friday January 23 2015 at 11:56

Theatre Re: Blind Man’s Song Jacksons Lane, London

A blend of physical theatre, mime, dance, music and illusion, Theatre Re’s latest work is a heady concoction - it looks like a Samuel Beckett play designed by Magritte.

Theatre Published on Friday January 23 2015 at 11:10

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Oppenheimer Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

Tom Morton-Smith’s engaging account of the life and legacy of the ‘father of the atomic bomb’, J Robert Oppenheimer, walks a fine line.

Theatre Published on Friday January 23 2015 at 11:04

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Ines de Castro Theatre Royal, Glasgow

James MacMillan has cut a whole scene and tweaked the vocal score for this new production of his 1996 opera debut.

Opera Published on Friday January 23 2015 at 10:52

Wolf Hall BBC2, January 21, 9pm

Adapted by Peter Straughan from the novels by Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall is a succulent historical drama centred in and around the court of Henry VIII as he struggles to replace his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, with a younger bride who will produce a son and heir.

TV Published on Thursday January 22 2015 at 11:48

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The Caucasian Chalk Circle Unicorn Theatre, London

Considering that the Unicorn is a theatre specialising in work for under-21s (this show is billed for over-11s), a near full-length Caucasian Chalk Circle is a pretty ambitious undertaking - but it comes off.

Theatre Published on Thursday January 22 2015 at 10:54

Return To The Forbidden Planet Theatre Royal, Brighton

When Bob Carlton created Return To The Forbidden Planet, it was one of the first shows specifically crafted for actor-musicians.

Theatre Published on Thursday January 22 2015 at 10:48

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Macbeth Citizens Theatre, Glasgow

Filter’s previous interpretation of Shakespeare (Twelfth Night) was an iconoclastic take on a tale of romance and puritanism, that had great fun breaking down the script and diving past the fourth wall into the audience.

Theatre Published on Wednesday January 21 2015 at 17:37

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Andrea Chenier Royal Opera House, London

Jonas Kaufmann, the world’s most widely admired operatic tenor, returns to the Covent Garden stage in what is the Royal Opera’s first production of Giordano’s historical melodrama since 1985.

Opera Published on Wednesday January 21 2015 at 11:10

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King Lear Holy Trinity Church, Guildford

With just the hint of a set, but plenty of atmosphere provided by both lighting and sound as well as the building itself, this 18th-century church becomes the backdrop for a tale of how nasty people can be, even to their parents, their brothers and their sisters.

Theatre Published on Wednesday January 21 2015 at 10:57

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The Changeling Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London

The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, the Globe’s indoor Jacobean space, is a magical venue even when it is flecked with red, when it is tainted by madness and lust.

Theatre Published on Wednesday January 21 2015 at 10:17

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Islands Bush, London

Caroline Horton’s latest devised piece is a bloated, grotesque and distended thing.

Theatre Published on Tuesday January 20 2015 at 11:06

And Then There Were None Theatre Royal, Windsor

The Agatha Christie Theatre Company was established in 2006 and since then has successfully toured 12 productions from the author’s canon.

Theatre Published on Tuesday January 20 2015 at 10:16

The Sound of Song BBC4, January 16, 9pm.

The follow up to last year’s acclaimed The Sound of Cinema, The Sound of Song is composer and musician Neil Brand’s three-part exploration of popular music, and all the elements - technical and artistic - that have gone into its development.

TV Published on Monday January 19 2015 at 11:06

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