Theatre

The Time Machine (The London Library)

The Time Machine (The London Library, until April 5th)

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Not only do you get the chance to immerse yourselves in the dystopian fiction of H.G.Wells in Creation Theatre’s innovative new version of The Time Machine  – you also get to explore parts of the amazing London Library, which boasts around a million books on multi-levels.

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Giving Up Marty (Crescent, VAULT Festival)

Giving Up Marty (Crescent, VAULT Festival, until March 12th)

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Think of adoption and your mind may well turn to an emotion-tugging soap opera or a tear-jerking predictable TV reality show.

Writer Karen Bartholomew explores the harsher truths of the subject and its impact on everyone involved in her sharp new play “Giving Up Marty,” which suggests that seeking out long lost families does not always have a happy ending.

The focus is on adoption reunion, the moment when an adopted child meets their ...

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Guilty Pleasures (Crescent, VAULT Festival)

Guilty Pleasures (Crescent, VAULT Festival, February 18th-22nd)

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Extra scoops of ice cream, cream cake, bingeing on TV boxsets, pulling a sickie and having a duvet day and stealing toiletries from hotels all feature on the list of Britain’s top guilty pleasures.

There are probably far too many to admit to but audiences should happily put the accomplished and stunning singing group The Buzztones at the top of their list after an awesome show of musical brilliance Continue Reading →

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Blithe Spirit (Richmond Theatre)

Blithe Spirit (Richmond Theatre, until February 22nd)

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Classic comedy drama by the mighty Noël Coward comes to Richmond Theatre prior to a West End run and it is so fresh, funny and fabulous that it is bound to leave you in high spirits.

Over nearly 80 years Blithe Spirit has proved to be endearing and enduring, resilient through ...

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On McQuillan’s Hill (Finborough Theatre)

On McQullian’s Hill (Finborough Theatre, until February 29th)

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A pulsating rhythm and elegant lyricism pervade the English premiere of the unsettling and darkly comic On McQuillan’s Hill at the Finborough Theatre.

It causes a double-take because the content of Joseph Crilly’s 2000 play is far from calm and tranquil – indeed, the politics and passion behind its Northern Ireland setting would make one expect something more explosive. Continue Reading →

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Autoreverse (Battersea Arts Centre)

Autoreverse (Battersea Arts Centre, until February 22nd)

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The importance of remembering – and forgetting – and identifying where you truly call your home are key themes in a fascinating and powerful audio-visual theatrical experience at Battersea Arts Centre as part of an impressive Going Global spring season.

As much a general plea to listen to the stories of our forebears as it is a personal journey through her family’s life in South America (and, indeed, the tale of the country itself), Florencia ...

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Persona (Riverside Studios)

Persona (Riverside Studios, until February 23rd)

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One of the most controversial films of its time, which is now regarded as one of the greatest movies ever made, is adapted for the stage in a scintillating, mystifying and breathtaking production to re-open an iconic west London venue.

Ingmar Bergman’s 1966 film Persona defied definition when it premiered, with some regarding it as modernist horror, others as a tense psychological drama and still others as an erotic study of identity.

With its strong theatrical themes, ...

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Alice’s Adventures Under Ground (Royal Opera House)

Alice’s Adventures Under Ground (Royal Opera House, London, until February 9th)

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An unconventional rollercoaster ride of frenetic energy, madcap humour and increasingly unlikely classical music spin on the worlds of Lewis Carroll, receiving its premiere at the Royal Opera House, is probably the wackiest and weirdest thing you’ll see on stage for a long time.

The strangest omission from Gerald Barry’s extraordinary Alice’s Adventures Under Ground is the hookah-smoking caterpillar, for this truly bonkers production must surely have been written by ...

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Wilton’s Music Hall)

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Wilton’s Music Hall, until February 15th)

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With a sprinkling of fairy dust and a liberal injection of soul, the Watermill Theatre’s enchanting version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream will put a spell on you.

This Dream’s a scream – and with its Edwardian setting fits perfectly into Wilton’s Music Hall. The Shakespearian shadows at the heart of this comedy certainly don’t offend and one senses the ghosts of variety past may be smiling in approval. Continue Reading →

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First Time (VAULT Festival)

First Time (VAULT Festival, until February 2nd)

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Hope is the beating heart of an incisive and intelligent one-man show telling a personal story about living with HIV/AIDS which encourages everybody to be forward-looking, bold and proud.

First Time is an early offering in a ridiculously packed VAULT season but it is already a stand-out production that will be hard to better 600 shows down the line.

Written and performed by an instantly likeable Nathaniel Hall First Time works on more levels than shows ...

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