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The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, London

Since its original Broadway opening in 1935, critics have debated whether Porgy and Bess (composed by George Gershwin, lyrics co-written by his brother Ira and the show’s librettist DuBose Heyward) should be described as an opera or musical.

Theatre Published on Tuesday July 29 2014 at 10:30

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A Streetcar Named Desire Young Vic Theatre, London

There is a thrilling restlessness to Benedict Andrews’ production of this American classic.

Theatre Published on Tuesday July 29 2014 at 10:28

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The Return of Ulysses Iford Manor, Bradford-upon-Avon

Baroque opera used to be regarded as a specialist taste, but it can be extremely immediate in its impact when done well.

Opera Published on Monday July 28 2014 at 10:49

Alice - The Musical The Savill Garden, Windsor Great Park

Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland provides a wealth of entertaining, unusual characters and situations to equal any Christmas pantomime, and the Cambridge Touring Theatre embraces this to create an enchanting children’s musical.

Theatre Published on Monday July 28 2014 at 10:29

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A Bright Room Called Day Southwark Playhouse, London

Set in Germany in the early 1930s, Tony Kushner’s play depicts the fall of the Weimar Republic and the rise of Hitler through the filter of Reagan’s America.

Theatre Published on Monday July 28 2014 at 10:17

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The Comedy of Errors Theatre by the Lake, Keswick

Keswick Theatre set designer Martin Johns gives the cast a headstart in this colourful, mirthful production of Comedy of Errors, with a stunning set that wins the hearts of the audience before a word is even uttered.

Theatre Published on Monday July 28 2014 at 10:13

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Memories of August 1914 City Centre, Liverpool

A grandmother giant who walks with a stick as high as an elephant’s eye and carries a head full of First World War memories; her 18-ft Little Girl companion who travels along Lime Street on top of an old car; a massive black dog called Xolo - an unlikely tall trio for telling the story of the Liverpool Pals battalions who volunteered for service in 1914 perhaps?.

Theatre Published on Monday July 28 2014 at 10:10

What the Ladybird Heard Cadogan Hall, London

There’s plenty to commend in this four-hander adaptation of Julia Donaldson’s popular children’s book.

Theatre Published on Monday July 28 2014 at 09:55

Tete-a-Tete Opera Festival 2014 Central Saint Martins/Kings Place, London

After eight seasons at Hammersmith’s Riverside Studios, the experimental opera festival Tete a Tete has relocated to Central Saint Martins and Kings Place.

Opera Published on Friday July 25 2014 at 10:11

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Adriana Lecouvreur Holland Park, London

Holland Park returns to its verismo period specialism with this 1902 romantic tragedy by Cilea, presented here in a new staging by Martin Lloyd-Evans.

Opera Published on Friday July 25 2014 at 09:57

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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

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