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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 Theatre.

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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...

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Disobedience

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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 Murray-Smith’s Switzerland at the Ambassadors Theatre. Laurence Green reviews.

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The Wild Pear Tree

Film

A sobering, beautifully shot film of dashed hopes and inter-generational relationships (directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan) that implants itself...

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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...

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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 Threlfall looks born to play the role of the eccentric knight.

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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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ear for eye

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Debbie Tucker's 'ear for eye' is a dense and at times, deliberately alienating vision of race, language and power structures which...

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The Wild Duck

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The brutality of truth-telling is explored by Ibsen in his 1884 classic The Wild Duck, which returns to the London stage in a stripped-down, ponderous production, directed by Robert Icke, at the Almeida Theatre. Laurence Green reviews.

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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...

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Highlights of bfi London Film Festival 2018

Film

Laurence Green rates his top picks from bfi London Film Festival 2018 including the brilliant semi-autobiographical Roma by Gravity...

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The Inheritance

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A production of the acclaimed The Inheritance (directed by Stephen Daldry) turns out to be a major disappointment despite the best efforts of its ensemble cast, writes Laurence Green.

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I’m Not Running

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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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The Height of the Storm

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Jonathan Pryce and Eileen Atkins star in this compassionate, deeply moving play that teases the mind, while touching the heart. Laurence...

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BFI London Film Festival 2018

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Laurence Green picks out his top choices ahead of the BFI London Film Festival 2018 including Jon Baird’s Stan & Ollie.

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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...

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Foxfinder

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In spite of its early promise Foxfinder is a play that loses its momentum and becomes a laboured parable about the need to seek out...

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Underground Railroad Game

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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...

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BlacKkKlansman

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Spike Lee does more than control his anger, he refines it with riotous wit, without losing the power to shock or surprise us in his new film BlacKkKlansman writes Laurence Green.

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Edinburgh International & Fringe Festival 2018

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Laurence Green picks through another packed programme of delights to reveal the highlights of this year's EIF and Fringe festivals....

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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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A Monster Calls

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Packing an enormous emotional punch, A Monster Calls is a tale that confronts the worst of griefs,but leaves its audience with an uplifting and positive message about loss, writes Laurence Green.

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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 Lehman Trilogy

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An absorbing saga of riches and ruin provides an unforgettable cross-section of the roots of capitalism. A five-star triumph from the...

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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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Daisy Pulls It Off

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An entertaining show which celebrates with a sly wit and a big heart, an arguably sweeter, more innocent era, 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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Translations

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Brian Friel’s Translations is a cracking production of a great play which couldn’t be better timed, writes Laurence Green.

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A Cambodian Spring

Film

Chris Kelly's award-winning documentary A Cambodian Spring examines the chaotic and often violent land development that is shaping...

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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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An Ideal Husband

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Laurence Green finds real pleasure watching Oscar Wilde’s Rolls-Royce of English comedies, An Ideal Husband at the Vaudeville Theatre.

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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, Chess.

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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...

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Absolute Hell

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"A bold and ambitious work that manages to be both funny and provocative." Rodney Ackland's Absolute Hell is revived at the National...

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Chicago

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If you are looking for one of the sexiest, sassiest and sophisticated Broadway musicals in history, look no further than Chicago, 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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Instructions for Correct Assembly

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Laurence Green reviews Thomas Eccleshare's flawed but interesting new play, Instructions for Correct Assembly, which dotes upon the darker...

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Quiz

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Based on the notorious ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire’ cheat case, Quiz is a sharp funny and stimulating evening in the theatre, that highlights the dangerous blending of entertainment, politics and justice today. Laurence Green reviews.

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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...

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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 bounce in its step. Chris Grimes reviews.

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Journeyman

Film

A bright sharp and moving drama starring Paddy Considine as a boxer piecing his life back together. Laurence Green reviews....

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Fanny and Alexander

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This rich and rewarding new production of Bergman's classic Fanny and Alexander provides an acting masterclass from Penelope Wilton,...

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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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Last Flag Flying

Film

Richard Linklater’s Last Flag Flag is a finely scripted, excellently acted road movie with a difference, writes Laurence Green.

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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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Rita, Sue and Bob Too

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Laurence Green reviews Kate Wasserberg lively and insightful revival of the controversial play, Rita, Sue and Bob Too....

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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri

Film

A blistering performance by Frances McDormand, Laurence Green reviews Martin McDonagh’s excellent new film, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri.

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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...

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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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A Christmas Carol

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Rhys Ifans’s excellent performance as Scrooge really makes this production of A Christmas Carol zing.

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Paddington 2

Film

Ben Wishaw returns as loveable bear from darkest Peru in Paddington 2....

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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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Top picks – BFI London Film Festival 2017

Film

Laurence Green selects his top picks from the 61st BFI London Film Festival which saw a first look at a sinewy new screen version of RC Sherriff’s acclaimed First World War drama Journey’s End.

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Call Me By Your Name

Film

Laurence Green reviews Luca Guadagnino's new sun-soaked romantic drama, Call Me My Your Name....

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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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Saint George and the Dragon

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Laurence Green reviews Rory Mullarkey’s re-imagining of the medieval myth, Saint George and the Dragon.

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London Film festival

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Highlighting the emerging talent from this year's London Film Festival, Laurence Green selects his favourite performances....

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Five Guys Named Moe

Theatre

Five Guys Named Moe has its limitations but once it gets going it delivers a life-affirming experience like no other! Writes Laurence...

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Follies

Theatre

Laurence Green reviews Dominic Cooke’s new rich and rewarding production, Follies.

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Late Company

Theatre

Laurence Green reviews playwright Jordan Tannahill's explosive 75-minute drama, Late Company....

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Evita

Theatre

Laurence Green rediscovers his love for Andrew Lloyd Webber's Evita enjoying an emotionally rich work which has grown in stature over the...

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Queen Anne

Theatre

Laurence Green reviews Helen Edmundson play, Queen Anne which reflects upon the themes of both power and betrayal.

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Road

Theatre

Laurence Green Reviews John Tiffany's energetic and excellently adaptation of Jim Cartwright's play, Road....

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Mosquitoes

Theatre

Laurence Green reviews Lucy Kirkwood's bold and ambitious tale of sibling rivalry, Mosquitoes....

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Bodies

Theatre

Laurence Green reviews Vivienne Franzmann’s compartmentalization and thought-provoking new play, Bodies.

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Wind in the Willows

Theatre

Laurence Green reviews Rachel Kavanaugh's stage revival of the family favourite, Wind in the Willows....

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Lady Day At Emerson’s Bar & Grill

Theatre

Laurence Green reviews Lanie Robertson's superb production about Billie Holliday, Lady Day At Emerson's Bar & Grill....

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Anatomy of a suicide

Theatre

A play that highlights the impact of depression on a whole family, Laurence Green reviews Alice Birch’s disturbing new drama, Anatomy of a Suicide.

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Annie

Theatre

Laurence Green reviews Nikolai Foster's timely revival of the 1977 Tony Award-winning musical, Annie....

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On The Town

Theatre

Laurence Green reviews Drew McOnie's funny and joyful revival of Leonard Bernstein's production, On The Town....

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Woyzeck

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Laurence Green reviews John Boyega’s triumphant transition from screen to stage in Joe Murphy’s production, Woyzek.

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Love in Idleness

Theatre

Laurence Green reviews a handsomely mounted but slow-moving new production of Terence Rattigan's Love in Idleness....

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Angels in America

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"Intellectually dazzling and often bizarre" Laurence Green reviews Tony Kushner's absorbing production, Angels in America....

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The Ferryman

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Laurence Green reviews Jez Butterworth’s five-star heartfelt and passionate production, The Ferryman.

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Romeo and Juliet

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Laurence Green reviews David Kramer's adaptation of one of Shakespeare's classics, Romeo and Juliet. ...

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The Treatment

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Laurence Green reviews Lyndsey Turner's revised and polished new production, The Treatment....

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The Braille Legacy

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Laurence Green reviews Thom Southerland’s absorbing and moving new musical, The Braille Legacy.

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Carousel

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Laurence Green reviews Lonny Price's elaborate and impressive revival of the American musical, Carousel....

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Consent

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Laurence Green reviews Nina Raines's powerful and funny new play, Consent ...

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Seventeen

Theatre

Confused hormonal teenagers are played by a cast of over 50s actors in Seventeen, but the result is a great disappointment writes Laurence Green.

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Adam and Eve & Steve

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A modern take of the biblical classic, Adam and Eve & Steve is a fun musical comedy that should be viewed with a light hearted sense of...

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Don Juan

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Laurence Green reviews Patrick Marber's new Soho production, Don Juan, starring David Tennant....

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The Kid Stays in the Picture

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The Kid Stays in the Picture is a story of one man’s remarkable life against the backdrop of a changing America – Laurence Green reviews Simon McBurney’s new production.

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