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Theatre Reviews

The Doctor, Almeida Theatre review - Robert Icke's long goodbye

aleks Sierz

After six years, associate director Robert Icke bids farewell to the Almeida Theatre. In this time he has pioneered contemporary versions of classic stories, such as 1984, Oresteia, Uncle Vanya, Mary Stuart and Hamlet with Andrew Scott.

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Edinburgh Fringe 2019 reviews: The Red/ Gone Full Havisham

Veronica Lee

The Red Pleasance Dome 

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Edinburgh Fringe 2019 review: How Not to Drown

David Kettle

Urgent, fast-paced, seemingly never pausing for breath, How Not to Drown is a real-life boy’s own adventure, an appeal for compassion towards refugees, and an interrogation of nationality and identity. That’s quite a mix for a show of 100 minutes.

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Once on This Island, Southwark Playhouse review - folkloric Caribbean musical charms

Marianka Swain

As British summer really kicks in (umbrellas at the ready), our thoughts might turn fondly to the sunny Caribbean. Good timing, then, for the return of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty’s 1990 musical set in the French Antilles.

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Edinburgh International Festival 2019 review: Total Immediate Collective Imminent Terrestrial Salvation

David Kettle

It’s the end of the world as we know it. At least according to Miles, scientist turned messiah, who lost his son in an accident at a frozen lake, and who experienced visions of an impending apocalypse in his subsequent coma.

He’s established a colony of believers (let’s not call it a cult) in South America, and we’re here to bear witness to the arrival of his estranged wife, intent on reclaiming their daughter back to civilisation.

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Edinburgh International Festival 2019 review: Roots

David Kettle

A fat cat who gobbles up everything in sight. A king who tests his wife’s fidelity with increasingly horrific trials. A man whose flatmate is Poverty. It’s hard to ignore the scathing contemporary resonances in theatre company 1927’s sly, witty new Roots, getting its first European performances at the Edinburgh International Festival.

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Edinburgh Fringe 2019 reviews: Darren McGarvey AKA Loki: Scotland Today / Scottee: Class

David Kettle

Darren McGarvey AKA Loki: Scotland Today The Stand's New Town Theatre ★★★   

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Edinburgh Fringe 2019 reviews: Sea Sick / Vigil / When the Birds Come

David Kettle

Sea Sick CanadaHub ★★★   

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Edinburgh Fringe reviews 2019: On the Other Hand, We're Happy / Daughterhood / The Shark Is Broken

Veronica Lee

On the Other Hand, We’re Happy Summerhall ****

This affecting co-production between Paines Plough and Theatr Clywd of Daf James’s play takes a sideways look at adoption.

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Evita, Regent's Park Open Air Theatre review - a diva dictator for 2019

Marianka Swain

Following a triumphant resurrection of Jesus Christ Superstar, now playing at the Barbican, the Park works its magic on another of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s Seventies rock operas.

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