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Theatre Reviews

Twelfth Night, National Theatre

alexandra Coghlan

Everybody’s a little bit gay in Simon Godwin’s giddy new Twelfth Night at the National Theatre.

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The Girls, Phoenix Theatre

matt Wolf

Why? That's the abiding question that hangs over The Girls, the sluggish and entirely pro forma Tim Firth-Gary Barlow musical that goes where Firth's film and stage play of Calendar Girls have already led. Telling of a charitable impulse that succeeded beyond all expectations, the real-life scenario makes for heartening fare in our seemingly heartless times.

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Low Level Panic, Orange Tree Theatre

aleks Sierz

The 1980s were a great decade for British women playwrights.

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School Play, Southwark Playhouse

Will Rathbone

Hot on the heels of Katherine Soper's award-winning Wish List, about the UK benefits system in crisis, and John Godber's This Might Hurt, about an NHS in crisis, comes this play about our education system in crisis.

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The Wild Party, The Other Palace

Marianka Swain

The Other Palace’s housewarming party certainly lives up to its billing as a wild one – wet and wild, in fact, as the first three rows are sporadically doused with bathtub gin.

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See Me Now, Young Vic

aleks Sierz

Sex workers come in all shapes and sizes. Everyone knows that. But why do they do it? Why does anyone take the risk of being intimate with a stranger for money?

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The Winter's Tale, Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

David Kettle

In the end, it’s all about Mamillius. It’s he – the young son of Leontes of Sicily – who launches director Max Webster’s really quite magical new production of Shakespeare’s credibilty-busting tragedy-cum-comedy at Edinburgh’s Lyceum Theatre, suggesting it’s all a child’s made-up story in the first place.

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Richard III, Schaubühne Berlin, Barbican

david Nice

Hated the Schaubühne Hamlet (same lead actor, same director as this latest Shakespeare auf Deutsch); loved Ivo van Hove's Toneelgroep Kings of War, with Hans Kesting's Richard III on the highest level alongside the Henrys V and VI.

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A Clockwork Orange, Park Theatre

aleks Sierz

There are few modern literary fables that really resonate in the wider culture. And most that do are dystopias. Think of George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, or Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, or even Philip K Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? And, of course, Anthony Burgess’s A Clockwork Orange.

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Travesties, Apollo Theatre

ismene Brown

Tom Stoppard’s humungously funny play Travesties was born out of a piece of James Joyce doggerel about how a British diplomat sued him for the cost of two pairs of trousers. It’s like this.

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