Theatre

Chess the Musical – in concert (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane)

Chess the Musical – in concert (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane – August 1st and 2nd 2022)

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Concert or semi-staged versions of the Tim Rice, Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus musical Chess have generally proved more popular (and watchable) than fully staged productions since the show opened in London back in 1986 and ran for over two years amidst a host of difficulties

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Rabbit Hole (Union Theatre)

Rabbit Hole (Union Theatre, London, until May 1st)

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An exploration of love, bereavement, grief and healing is given meaningful treatment at the Union Theatre.

The Pulitzer Prize winning Rabbit Hole by David Lindsay-Abaire may be better remembered from the film version starring Nicole Kidman, but in a stripped-down Union Theatre (fewer than 40 fold-up chairs on three sides of an acting space) we are reminded of the power of live drama.

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I Know I Know I Know (Southwark Playhouse)

I Know I Know I Know – Southwark Playhouse (runs until April 16th 2022)

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A tough and gripping exploration of relationships, abuse, secrets and lies provides a tough 75 minutes of new drama at Southwark Playhouse.

Flora Wilson Brown’s play I Know I Know I Know features three characters in an intimate space telling different stories in an unexpected and creative way, with the truth slowly and shockingly unravelling.

What starts out as the recollections of an ardent fan of a musician and ...

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The Fever Syndrome (Hampstead Theatre)

The Fever Syndrome (Hampstead Theatre, until April 30th 2022)

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Dysfunctional families have been a staple on stage and screen from Aeschylus’s Greek tragedy Oresteia to TV soap operas and The Simpsons.

Alexis Zegerman’s new drama The Fever Syndrome, receiving its world premiere at Hampstead Theatre, would even make King Lear and his daughters blush. But the fractious family feuding here is no Shakespearean tragedy – it’s often more like an overlong episode of Jerry Springer with no “final thought” to bring everything ...

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Johanne Radebe – Freedom (Peacock Theatre)

Johannes Radebe – Freedom (Peacock Theatre, until April 2nd 2022 and touring until May 1st)

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Flamboyant, fiery, fierce and fabulous – Johannes Radebe dazzles in his first solo dance tour Freedom, which is camper than a row of rainbow-striped tents and more effervescent than a thousand glitterballs.

It’s hard to think that the Strictly Come Dancing professional dancer might have ...

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Message in a Bottle (Peacock Theatre)

Message in a Bottle (Peacock Theatre, until October 17th 2021)

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Ever since a throaty version of Roxanne was performed in Baz Luhrmann’s  2001 movie Moulin Rouge! accompanied by a steamy tango it has been clear that Sting’s music is perfect for creative dance interpretation that breaks down barriers.

Following its premiere last year, Message in a Bottle returns to the Peacock Theatre with breathtaking choreography inspired by the musician’s songs, twisting them (occasionally in a physically literal way) into something that feels ...

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Chronic (Southwark Playhouse)

Chronic (Southwark Playhouse, seen on July 9th, 2021)

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The mental and physical impact of having a long-term illness is bad enough – but what about those who suffer chronic symptoms without being able to get a medical diagnosis?

The shocking background to Cat Bensley’s engaging one-woman musical show Chronic is that the average wait for women to get a diagnosis after reporting symptoms of an otherwise invisible illness is 7-10 years.

It’s a show that’s been in development for a while (and previously ...

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Exile (Southwark Playhouse)

Exile (Southwark Playhouse, seen on July 6th)

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A chance overlapping of lives proves to have a lasting impact on two otherwise unconnected people in Exile, produced as part of the exciting two-week SWK Fest at Southwark Playhouse, offering a different production every night.

On stage the two don’t actually meet as the 55-minute play consists of two monologues, yet ...

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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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