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In pictures (January 25): The Birthday Party, Calm Down Dear Festival, Tim McArthur, Shoreditch Town Hall, Guildford Shakespeare and more

Press night parties, new shows in rehearsal, events and awards from the theatrical world in pictures. This week’s highlights include opening nights of The Birthday Party at the Harold Pinter Theatre, The Claim at Shoreditch Town Hall, Calm Down Dear feminist writing festival in Camden, Dial Up Open Mic Night 2018 as well as the Association of Colleges Gold Awards and the Association of Lighting Designers lunch and Lumiere award launch…

The Birthday Party press night, Harold Pinter Theatre, London

Calm Down Dear opening night, Camden People’s Theatre, London

Dial Up Open Mic Night, London Improv Theatre, West Hampstead

Music director Aaron Clingham and performer Tim McArthur with host and performer Alex Williams

Association of Lighting Designers annual lighting lunch and Lumiere Award launch, London

The Claim press night, Shoreditch Town Hall, London

Director Mark Maughan and writer Tim Cowbury with cast members Nick Blakeley, Ncuti Gatwa and Yusra Warsama. Photo: Chloe Nelkin Consulting

Association of Colleges’ Gold Award, House of Commons, London

Guildford Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet launch, Holy Trinity Church

Back row: Cast members Noel White, Jack Whitam, Lucy Pearson, Ricky Oakley, Sarah Gobran and Rikki Lawton
Front: Assistant director Indiana Lown-Collins, director Charlotte Conquest, cast members Harriet Thorpe, Robert Elkin and Matt Pinches. Photo: Guildford Shakespeare Company

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