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Author: Laurence Green

Tenet

Film

Christopher Nolan’s much anticipated futuristic thriller, Tenet, is in cinemas now. Laurence Green weighs up whether it is worth the admission fee.

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Review – On Blueberry Hill

Theatre

Laurence Green reviews the claustrophobic and atmospheric On Blueberry Hill, a drama in which immaculate performances help lift this...

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Shoe Lady

Theatre

Katherine Parkinson shines in this satire on the disenchantment of modern life. Laurence Green reviews Shoe Lady at the Royal Court...

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The Visit

Theatre

A grotesquely funny, undeniably elegant (slightly overlong) visionary revenge play with star turns from Lesley Manville and Hugo Weaving. Laurence Green reviews.

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Leopoldstadt

Theatre

Tom Stoppard's Leopoldstadt is a measured and eloquent examination of the reality of history, its closeness and our shared humanity while...

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Persona

Theatre

An atmospheric production, but Persona lacks the intimacy and intensity of Ingmar Bergman's original. Laurence Green reviews....

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The Welkin

Theatre

Science versus superstition, and an inadequate legal system against mob hunger for justice are two themes in Lucy Kirkwood’s gutsy new play, The Welkin. Laurence Green reviews.

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Three Sisters

Theatre

Inua Ellams new adaptation of Three Sisters is an imaginative but flawed take on a familiar work. Laurence Green reviews. ...

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Circus 1903

Theatre

A show which creates a genuine feeling of nostalgia and is imbued with a similar sense of humour. If you are looking for true festive...

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Teenage Dick

What's on

A flawed but interesting modern meditation on the lust for power that manages to blend Shakespearean rhetoric with everyday speech. Laurence Green reviews Teenage Dick.

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The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Theatre

Joel Horwood's The Ocean at the End of the Lane is a production which will excite, unsettle and enchant in equal measure both adults and...

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A Kind of People

Theatre

Laurence Green reviews A Kind of People at the Royal Court and finds an uncompromisingly honest and thought-provoking account of life in...

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Film review: So Long My Son

What's on

Laurence Green reviews Wang Xiaoshuai’s ambitious family chronicle of changing lives, set against the most turbulent events in recent Chinese history.

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My Brilliant Friend

Theatre

Two excellent lead performances from Niamh Cusack and Catherine McCormack define this two-part epic adapted from Elena Ferrante's...

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Theatre review of the year 2019

Theatre

50connect theatre critic Laurence Green selects his top productions from 2019, including the superb Jesus Hopped the A Train and Sally...

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Dear Evan Hansen

Theatre

A show that captures the dilemma of the alienated teen – but doesn’t succeed in getting the viewer to surrender to its emotional involvement.

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On Bear Ridge

Theatre

Rhys Ifans and Rakie Ayola conjure a tone of impending doom in this intriguing post apocalyptic drama, but despite their committed...

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The Antipodes

Theatre

A journey to the centre of America's dark heart is provided by Annie Baker in her latest play The Antipodes (Dorfman Theatre at the...

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Beanpole

What's on

An absorbing, thought-provoking movie, set in post-war Leningrad, that seems like a strong contender for Best Foreign Film at the forthcoming Oscars. Laurence Green reviews.

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Master Harold … and the boys

What's on

Master Harold ... and the boys is a salutary reminder of the evils of recent, officially sanctioned racism and retains an emotional power...

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A Very Expensive Poison

Theatre

A blackly comic exploration of relationships overshadowed by the political furore surrounding the poisoning and murder of Alexander...

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Hansard

Theatre

Alex Jennings and Lindsay Duncan elevate this satire on late-Eighties Toryism at the NT’s Lyttelton Auditorium.Laurence Green reviews.

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The Doctor

Theatre

'A timeless work, performed with great bravado, which manages to be both powerful and thought-provoking.' Laurence Green reviews The...

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The Secret River

Theatre

The Secret River is a shattering, astonishingly beautiful piece of contemporary theatre, one that speaks directly to a modern world riven...

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Mr Gum and the Dancing Bear – the Musical!

Theatre

Laurence Green immerses himself in the psychedelic colours and sounds of this wisecracking, rib-tickling, side-splitting phantasmagoria.

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Theatre

Nicholas Hytner returns to the Bridge Theatre once again with another Shakespearn classic, this time venturing out of Rome and into the...

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The Night of the Iguana

What's on

Clive Owen, returns to the London stage after an 18-year absence in James Macdonald's sluggish new production of the Tennessee Williams'...

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Jesus Christ Superstar

Theatre

The Rice/Lloyd Webber-penned classic still feels fresh and vibrant and provides an entertaining and thought-provoking experience for audiences of all ages, writes Laurence Green.

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Peter Gynt

What's on

James McArdle impresses in a work that exposes the madness of a modern world where truth is subjective and everything can be viewed through...

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The End of History

What's on

David Morrissey stands out as the brooding, down-to-earth idealist patriarch in this compassionate and intimate drama of a divided,...

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Europe

What's on

David Greig’s 1994 drama remains a timely warning about the dangers of a divided Europe, writes Laurence Green.

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Bitter Wheat

Theatre

David Mamet's trademark whip-crack smart dialogue is much in evidence throughout this acid portrait of Hollywood power and manipulation...

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Rutherford and Son

Theatre

An impressive, intimate family drama that has aged well and provides plenty of topical resonance in its sense of festering tensions between...

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The Starry Messenger

Theatre

Laurence Green finds the eagerly awaited The Starry Messenger a play that fails to drum up much interest in or empathy with the characters and the situations they face.

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Our Town

Theatre

Thornton Wilder's revived Pulitzer-winning play is a grand meditation on human life, celebrating what it is to be alive and the bonds that...

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Death of a Salesman

Theatre

Wendell Pierce excels in this compassionate, psychologically acute interpretation of Arthur Miller's classic that allows us to see a...

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Rosmersholm

Theatre

This timely revival of Ibsen’s Rosmersholm “is a piercingly relevant work of personal and political passion, ambitious, complex and dramatically compelling. It might now in our troubled, searching times have found its right moment.” Laurence Green reviews.

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Small Island

Theatre

A passionate engagement with the past that is sure to resonate with audiences at a time when recognition and compensation for the Windrush...

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All My Sons

Theatre

Sally Field and Bill Pullman bring a real sense of authenticity to this production that is a testament to the enduring power of Arthur...

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I Spy With My Little Eye Something Beginning With Why Have You Been Sleeping With My Wife: A Play by Christopher Bliss

Theatre

With dad jokes flying left right and centre and some nice physical comedy, this is a show for those who have never truly grown up and long may they remain! Gabriel Wilding reviews.

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Sweet Charity

Theatre

A heart-pounding, foot-tapping ode to Broadway musicals which sees Anne-Marie Duff steal the show as the titular heroine. Laurence Green...

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Top Girls

Theatre

Top Girls presents an argument for compassion, as well as a sharp look at social inequality in a country divided by its own ambitions,...

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Fiddler on the Roof

Theatre

The resurgence in ant-Semitism ensures a timeless resonance to Trevor Nunn’s revival of Fiddler on the Roof at the Playhouse Theatre, writes Laurence Green.

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Emilia

Theatre

Elements of pantomime and boisterous backchat make Emilia a rousing reminder of creative women who have been omitted from history or have...

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Admissions

Theatre

Alex Kingston and Andrew Woodall are perfectly cast in Joshua Harmon's satirical comedy skewering of the hypocrisies of the liberal left. ...

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Waitress

Theatre

“A truly tasty treat, bringing an uplifting celebration of love and laughter to the West End stage.” Laurence Green reviews Waitress at the Adelphi Theatre.

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Berberian Sound Studios

Theatre

Cult 2012 film Berberian Sound Studios, playing at the Donmar Warehouse, is an example of how what works on celluloid can fall flat in the...

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Only Fools and Horses

Theatre

An affectionate, if lightweight, homage to the classic BBC sitcom with delightful performances from Tom Bennett (Del Boy) and Paul...

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Tartuffe

Theatre

This fresh, funny and thoughtful production shows that Tartuffe has lost none of its sparkle, writes Laurence Green.

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All About Eve

Theatre

Ivo van Hove's unsettling re-imagining of the Mankiewicz classic about jealousy and ambition, which asks why our fascination with...

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The Price

Theatre

Arthur Miller's The Price is a powerful study of reunion and confrontation that yields a chest-full of pertinent and painful reflections on...

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Home, I’m Darling

Theatre

Home, I’m Darling is a finely tuned, thought-provoking comedy about a mini revolution in deepest suburbia, with a superb central performance by Katherine Parkinson. Laurence Green reviews.

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Songs for Nobodies

Theatre

A tour de force performance from Bernadette Robinson marks Joanna Murray-Smith's Songs for Nobodies as a glorious homage to many of the...

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The Tragedy of King Richard the Second

Theatre

Simon Russell Beale effortlessly holds the attention as Shakespeare's flawed monarch, but overall it is a production that lacks both...

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Sweat

Theatre

Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer prize winning ‘Sweat’ flits seamlessly between humour, heartbreak and trauma and emerges as a deeply profound and moving piece of work, writes Laurence Green.

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The Cane

What's on

This moral examination of corporal punishment should have been insightful and thought-provoking but lacks the necessary depth and passion...

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The Tell-Tale Heart

Theatre

Laurence Green reviews a contemporary re-telling of Edgar Allan Poe's gothic chiller starring Tamara Lawrance and Imogen Doel at Dorfman...

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Theatre review of the year 2018

Theatre

Laurence Green selects his top 10 theatre productions from a year which saw a resurgence of quality musicals and some memorable reworked classics.

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Disobedience

What's on

Sebastian Lelio's Disobedience starring Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams asks searching questions about religious transgression and...

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Switzerland

Theatre

A twisting, chilling tale filled with razor-sharp dialogue as Phyllis Logan plays the esteemed crime novelist Patricia Highsmith in Joanna...

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Hadestown

Theatre

Laurence Green finds Anaïs Mitchell’s Hadestown to be a tightly choreographed and genuinely inventive show that pitches romanticism against pragmatism and idealism against cold reality.

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Don Quixote

Theatre

Andrew Jackson's RSC production of Don Quixote is overlong but achieves genuine poignancy while the clanky-armoured, straggly-haired David...

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Wise Children

Theatre

Wise Children is a love-letter to the theatre, but Emma Rice's production at the Old Vic became submerged under a welter of confusion....

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Company

Theatre

Marianne Elliott puts marriage under a contemporary microscope in this enjoyable re-imagining of Sondheim’s Company. Indeed, this is company you should definitely keep, writes Laurence Green.

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The Inheritance

What's on

A production of the acclaimed The Inheritance (directed by Stephen Daldry) turns out to be a major disappointment despite the best efforts...

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I’m Not Running

What's on

The rise of single-issue politics and the difficulty of staying true to your beliefs form the basis of David Hare's I'm Not Running....

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Antony & Cleopatra

Theatre

Antony & Cleopatra is both epic and intimate with shining performances from Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo as the titular leads showing that passion and politics are best kept apart. Laurence Green reviews.

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Underground Railroad Game

What's on

A flawed drama about slavery that lacks the necessary engagement and emotional depth to convince, writes Laurence Green. ...

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Dance Nation

Theatre

Clare Barron's award-winning Dance Nation is a frank and honest portrayal of adolescence, writes Laurence Green....

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Six

Theatre

An exuberant, vivacious, highly original musical that is simply a joy to watch from start to finish! Laurence Green enjoys Six. a punkish romp with the wives of Henry VIII.

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The Importance of Being Earnest

Theatre

Laurence Green enjoys one of the most immaculately crafted stage comedies of all time as The Importance of Being Earnest concludes a...

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Spamilton

Theatre

Lin-Manuel Miranda's Spamilton is a clever and entertaining send up of last year's Broadway and West End smash, Hamilton. Laurence Green...

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The King and I

Theatre

The King and I, the 60-year-old Rogers and Hammerstein classic redressed with gorgeous sets and needle sharp choreography, is a sensory treat writes Laurence Green.

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Pressure

Theatre

David Haig's debut play expertly combines elements of excitement, drama and self doubt as crucial decisions are made in the hours leading...

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Red

Theatre

Alfred Molina is 'stunning' as American abstract expressionist painter Mark Rothko in Michael Grandage's Red. Laurence Green reviews....

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Nightfall

Theatre

A rural farm is the backdrop for Barney Norris’s slow burn study in grief, heartbreak and betrayal. Laurence Green reviews.

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Nine Night

Theatre

"Nine Night is a moving and very funny play with a rich emotional depth that gives firm voice to the Windrush generation" writes Laurence...

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Chess

Theatre

A musical spectacle but one which is dramatically malnourished, Laurence Green reviews Laurence Conner's production of the 80s musical,...

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Mood Music

Theatre

“Joe Penhall’s play, Mood Music, asks questions of the music industry – specifically how can two people claim credit for one song – but falls short in terms of both tension and depth” writes Laurence Green

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Tina

Theatre

A performance of power and finesse brings this biopic of rock icon Tina Turner to life and is a celebration of the singer's triumph over...

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Ruthless! The Musical

Theatre

Ruthless! The Musical treads familiar ground, but while not necessarily one for the family is certainly an entertaining show for a fun...

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The Plough and the Stars

Theatre

A cast of fine actors do their best to convey the depths of characterisation in this updated production of Sean O’Casey’s The Plough and the Stars but the poignancy of the piece is missing, writes Laurence Green.

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A Spoonful of Sherman

Theatre

A supercalifragilistic musical about prolific Disney Studios songwriters the Sherman brothers sets off on a national tour with a real...

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Theatre: The Best Man reviewed

Theatre

Laurence Green reviews Simon Evans' revival of Gore Vidal's 1960 political satire; The Best Man....

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Summer and Smoke

Theatre

Patsy Ferran is a revelation in a mesmerising new production of Tennessee Williams’ Summer and Smoke. Laurence Green reviews.

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Theatre review – Frozen

Theatre

Laurence Green reviews Jonathan Munby's revival production of Bryony Lavery's 1998 crime drama, Frozen....

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John

Theatre

John is a fascinating exploration of the use of truth and lies within relationships and the solace and dangers of each, writes Laurence...

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Lady Windermere’s Fan

Theatre

“A truly cherishable comic performance”, Laurence Greens reviews Kathy Burke’s production of Lady Windermere’s Fan.

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The Grinning Man

Theatre

Laurence Green reviews Tom Morris's production of the macabre new musical, The Grinning Man....

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The Birthday Party

Theatre

Laurence Green reviews Ian Rickson's first-rate new production, The Birthday Party....

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Cinderella

Theatre

A successful revival of a timeless classic, Laurence Green reviews Matthew Bourne’s new production of Cinderella.

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Pinocchio

Theatre

Laurence Green reviews John Tiffany's inventive and funny revival of the Disney classic, Pinocchio....

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Hamilton

Theatre

Laurence Green finds Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamilton profoundly effective and a truly ingenious landmark musical that is not to be missed....

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The Woman in White

Theatre

Thom Southerland’s reworking of Wilkie Collins’s classic thriller The Woman in White is a feast for the eyes and the ears, writes Laurence Green, and a perfect Yuletide treat!

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Everybody’s talking about Jamie

Theatre

Laurence Green reviews Jonathan Butterell's new feel-good musical hit, Everybody's talking about Jamie....

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The Exorcist

Theatre

The Exorcist may not be as profoundly disturbing as the film but still manages to send shivers down the spine, writes Laurence Green....

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Albion

Theatre

Albion is a flawed but finely nuanced comedy of middle class manners writes Laurence Green.

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The Lady from the Sea

Theatre

"An absorbing and thought-provoking production that attains just the right emotional pitch", Laurence Green reviews Elinor Cook's, The Lady...

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Beginning

Theatre

Laurence Green reviews David Eldridge's intimate new play, short Beginning....

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Young Frankenstein

Theatre

Laurence Green succumbs to the charms of the kitsch musical parody Young Frankenstein at the Garrick Theatre.

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