Women In Frame: Gillian Clarke and Claire Eastgate at King’s Place

Women In Frame: Gillian Clarke and Claire Eastgate at King’s Place

On Wednesday 6 November King’s Place played host to Women in Frame: Gillian Clarke and Claire Eastgate, presented by Poet in the City. At a time when extraordinary women poets are lighting up the face of contemporary poetry, Poet in the City cut to the head of the pack with...

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Youth Without God at the Coronet

Youth Without God at the Coronet

Topical theatre can operate either with a scalpel or a sledgehammer. ‘Youth Without God’, adapted for the stage by Christopher Hampton, has committed so heavily to the latter option, that it’s closer to a wrecking ball. There’s nothing inherently wrong with the sledgehammer approach; in the right hands it can...

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Shitfaced Shakespeare at the Underbelly

Shitfaced Shakespeare at the Underbelly

Shitfaced Shakespeare is a company comprised of eclectic, classically trained Shakespearean enthusiasts who bring a variety of the Bards plays to life. That description of their shows might sound average, but now imagine one of the leading actors to be absolutely shitfaced and the rest of the players improvising around...

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British Summertime Festival: Only Barbara Streisand could sing Silent Night in mid-Summer

British Summertime Festival: Only Barbara Streisand could sing Silent Night in mid-Summer

Barbra Streisand gave the audiences at the Barclay’s British Summertime event in Hyde Park,July 7th, everything they could have hoped for. And more was to come. The legend was joined for three ‘surprise’ duets during her set. One with Kris Kristofferson, who had performed a set earlier. He joined her...

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Opera at the Royal College of Music

Opera at the Royal College of Music

A Dinner Engagement followed by Trouble in Tahiti. A Berkeley/Bernstein double bill not to be missed. The Royal College of Music, London, 28th, 29th June and July 1st. This stunning double bill by the Royal College for Opera studio showcases, amongst many other pleasures, the reasons why the Royal College...

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Exceptional Promise at the Bush Theatre

Exceptional Promise at the Bush Theatre

The Bush Theatres Exceptional Promise exhibits just that; exceptional promise. The show Exceptional Promise takes form as a game show where three contestants answer a range of quick-round questions and compete to win a deed to their dream home. The contestants are all played by members of the creative team...

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The Music Man Project

The Music Man Project

David Stanley, a former Deputy Head teacher at a Performing Arts Specialist Secondary School and now director of the Music Man Project, was inspired after teaching his friend Tony, who has Downs Syndrome how to play ‘I am the Music Man’. In 2001 David started the Southend Mencap Music School,...

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Trial by Laughter at the Richmond Theater

Trial by Laughter at the Richmond Theater

  The problem with this play, and it is a problem, is that it doesn’t know what it is. Is it a comedy, a courtroom drama, a piece of polemic journalism, or a political satire? Laughter may have driven the original rhetoric and William Hone’s own defence two hundred years...

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Review: A Funny Thing Happened on the way to Gynaecologic Oncology Unit at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center of New York

Review: A Funny Thing Happened on the way to Gynaecologic Oncology Unit at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center of New York

Finborough Theatre, 118 Finborough Rd,  London SW10 9ED Until Saturday 27 October Tickets: https://www.finboroughtheatre.co.uk/productions/2018/a-funny-thing-happened.php   Frankly it would be amiss of me to start a review of this play without addressing its interminable title. Perhaps there is something our American friends find hilarious about it that got lost somewhere on...

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The Taming Of The Shrew at Tristan Bates Theatre

The Taming Of The Shrew at Tristan Bates Theatre

Considering the hundreds of years that separate us from the Bard’s heyday, it only seems that Shakespeare is becoming more relevant to the modern audience. There is not a play in his folios, that has not be re-cut, re-imagined and altogether changed in meaning beyond the Elizabethan playwrights wildest imaginings....

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