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Edinburgh Festival 2015

Theatre

Laurence Green picks the best bits of a hugely successful Edinburgh Festival 2015.

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The Second Mother

Film

Award-winning Sundance Film Festival selection, The Second Mother, explores class boundaries, family dysfunction and loneliness with...

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Splendour

Theatre

Intrigue and suspicion form the backdrop of this disappointing rework of Splendour at Donmar Warehouse. Reviewed by Laurence Green. ...

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Three Days in the Country

Theatre

A shortened version of Ivan Turgenev’s classic comedy of manners brings beautifully judged performances and wry wit to the Lyttleton Auditorium, National Theatre.

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Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

Theatre

That barnstorming classic 1954 film musical Seven Brides For Seven Brothers is back in a rousing new stage adaptation directed by Rachel...

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Sinatra: The Man and His Music

Theatre

Ol' Blue Eyes is back - Frank Sinatra returns to West End's London Palladium after his British debut 65 years ago....

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What’s It All About – Bacharach Reimagined

Theatre

This homage to the music of the great Burt Bacharach is big on impact and timeless classics says Laurence Green at Menier Chocolate Factory.

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The Importance of Being Earnest

Theatre

Exquisite set and costumes add style and elegance but David Suchet is the undoubted star of the reboot of the classic Oscar Wilde satirical...

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The Dreamers

Theatre

Laurence Green finds First World War-set tale of courage and sacrifice, The Dreamers, to be lively but ultimately lacking in emotional...

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Bend It Like Beckham

Theatre

Stage version of Gurinder Chadha’s 2002 hit film Bend It Like Beckham kicks off at the Phoenix Theatre.

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The Burning (El Ardor)

Film

Laurence Green finds Pablo Fendrick's modern Western to be a beautifully shot but ultimately cliched movie....

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Darling Buds Farm blossoms

What's on

Diane Priestley talks to entrepreneur Simon Coulson about swapping a successful career to live the dream at the restored Darling Buds Farm...

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Oresteia

Theatre

2500 year-old epic trilogy gets a modern makeover in Robert Icke’s powerful reimagining of Aeschylus’s The Oresteia (Almeida Theatre), marking the start of a season of classic Greek theatre.

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The Look of Silence

Film

Laurence Green reviews Joshua Oppenheimer's intimate, philosophical and utterly riveting documentary about Indonesia's anti-communist...

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Temple

Theatre

Laurence Green reviews Steve Waters's new play Temple at the Donmar, a fictional account of the events during Occupy London movement in...

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High Society

Theatre

Laurence Green predicts Cole Porter’s classic feel-good musical High Society will be among the summer’s biggest theatrical hits.

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Hay Fever

Theatre

Felicity Kendal returns to West End as Judith Bliss in the revival of Noël Coward's Hay Fever at Duke of York's Theatre....

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The Father

Theatre

Laurence Green reviews, The Father, a fascinating and totally unsentimental drama exploring the effects of dementia, featuring an...

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Everyman

Theatre

Chiwetel Ejiofor delivers a commanding performance as the hedonistic Everyman in the Carol Ann Duffy’s updated adaptation of the 15th-century morality play.

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The Audience at the Apollo Theatre

Theatre

Peter Morgan's hit play The Audience returns to the West End with Dame Kristin Scott Thomas as Queen Elizabeth II....

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Bugsy Malone

Theatre

Laurence Green had an enjoyable evening with the stage production of Alan Parker's musical gangster film Bugsy Malone at the Lyric....

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A Mad World My Masters

Theatre

Take a Jacobean satire update it to seedy 1950s Soho and the result is Sean Foley’s RSC production of Thomas Middleton’s 1605 comedy A Mad World My Masters at the Barbican Theatre and then on tour.

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Ah, Wilderness

Theatre

Laurence Green reviews the revival production of Eugene O'Neill's comedy Ah, Wilderness! at the Young Vic Theatre....

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Light Shining in Buckinghamshire

Theatre

Lyndsey Turner's grand scale revival of civil war set drama, Light Shining in Buckinghamshire, provides a timely nod to failed hope and the...

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The Twits

Theatre

Laurence Green reviews the stage production of Roald Dahl’s The Twits at The Royal Court Theatre.

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The Three Lions

Theatre

If you ever wondered what happens when a footballer, a prince and a Prime Minister were in a hotel room together, then William Gaminara's...

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Mommy

Film

Anne Dorval and Antoine Olivier Pilon give 'knockout performances' as a mother and son trying to re-establish a relationship in Xavier...

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The Broken Heart

Theatre

Laurence Green on the revival of John Ford’s 17th century tale of obsessive passions and vengeful schemes, The Broken Heart.

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Man and Superman

Theatre

Laurence Green had an enjoyable evening with Simon Godwin's revival of George Bernard Shaw's classic Man and Superman at the National...

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Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

Theatre

Laurence Green reviews Beautiful: The Carole King Musical and finds it to be "a musical to treasure with a dazzling array of unforgettable...

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Di and Viv and Rose

Theatre

Laurence Green reviews Anna Mackmin’s exploration of friendship and finds a bittersweet comedy that promises more than it fulfils.

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The Ruling Class

What's on

Laurence Green enjoys a wildly entertaining production of Peter Barnes's biting satire The Ruling Class....

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Taken at Midnight

Theatre

Penelope Wilton gives a stand out performance in Taken at Midnight and engrossing reminder of the terrible price paid by those who dared...

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Touring the Aardman Studios is an eye opener

Film

Diane Priestley takes delight in discovering the delicate art of animation and the birthplace of that loveable character Shaun the Sheep

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La Maison de la Radio

Film

Laurence Green savours an amusing and eccentric insight, laced with Gallic individuality, into the daily workings of the broadcaster Radio...

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Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

Theatre

Laurence Green sees a madcap musical that doesn't cut very deep but certainly provides an entertaining evening in the theatre....

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Kooza

What's on

If it’s thrills and spills you seek, you will not be disappointed with the new Cirque du Soleil’s Kooza at Royal Albert Hall.

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City of Angels

Theatre

Laurence Green reviews Josie Rourke's revival of City of Angels at The Donmar Warehouse. ...

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Beat the post-Christmas blues with these Boxing Day and New Year walks

What's on

A selection of Boxing Day and New Year walks, courtesy of The National Trust, that will help you work of your Christmas excess....

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Golem

Theatre

Theatre company 1927’s latest production Golem blending original animation, entrancing music and live performance in a superb satire on our obsession with technology.

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Visitors

What's on

Laurence Green reviews Visitors, Barney Norris's feature about ageing, a play that is by turns funny, tender and desperately sad....

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Theatre review of 2014

Theatre

Laurence Green picks his top 10 theatre productions over the past 12 months....

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Far Away

Theatre

One woman’s search for the truth in senseless world provides the theme of Caryl Churchill’s intriguing but perplexing short play Far Away (Young Vic Theatre), winner of the JMK Award directed by Kate Hewitt.

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The Face of Love

Film

Widowed Annette Bening finds love again but will her daughter accept her choice? Laurence Green reviews The Face of Love...

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Made in Dagenham

Theatre

An uplifting new musical comedy about friendship, love and the importance of fighting for what is right is how you could describe Rupert...

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Kajaki: The True Story

Film

3 Para Afghan minefield tragedy brings reality of the conflict to the big screen in Paul Katis’s, Kajaki.

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Jersey Boys DVD release

Film

Clint Eastwood's film adaptation of the hit musical, Jersey Boys, is released on DVD this week....

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Memphis

Theatre

Laurence Green enjoys a roof-raising musical charting the birth of rock n roll and the troubled history of race in the USA....

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Ogilvy is a Saint no more

Film

New gangster drama We Still Kill the Old Way, starring Ian Ogilvy, pits ageing mobsters against street thugs on London’s streets.

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The Cherry Orchard

Theatre

Not a definitive performance ... but an entertaining and though provoking evening at the theatre says Laurence Green....

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Electra

Theatre

Laurence Green enjoys the stage production of Sophocles's tragedy, Electra, at the Old Vic Theatre....

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London Film Festival 2014

What's on

Laurence Green takes his pick from a rich tapestry of cinematic treats at this year’s BFI London Film Festival

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Little Revolution

Theatre

Laurence Green says Little Revolution fails to deliver enough sense of tension or menace in its portrayal of the London riots of 2011....

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Edinburgh Festival Fringe – Traverse Theatre

Theatre

Laurence Green visited the Traverse Theatre during Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014 for some of the best new drama and shows....

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Fast Brain Workouts

Books

Dr Gareth Moore’s new book is an enjoyable collection of fast and easy ways to keep your brain active

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My night with Reg

Theatre

Laurence Green reviews Kevin Elyot's ground breaking 1994 play: My night with Reg...

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The Keeper of Lost Causes

Film

Laurence Green reviews the gripping new thriller, The Keeper of Lost Causes...

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The Nether

Theatre

Laurence Green sees a dystopian vision of the future in Jennifer Haley’s dark new play The Nether at the Royal Court Theatre

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Shakespeare in Love

Theatre

Laurance Green enjoys the stage adaptation of the Oscar-winning film at the Noel Coward Theatre....

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Daytona

Theatre

Laurence Green finds Maureen Lipman and Harry Shearer "a joy to watch" in Oliver Cotton's ultimately uneven new play, Daytona....

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Entertaining grandchildren: 25 things to do this summer

What's on

This summer holiday fill your days with challenges and adventures.

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Forbidden Broadway

Theatre

Laurence Green watches Gerard Alessandrini's merciless satire on musicals but finds it comes up short on wit and imagination....

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Bakerfield Mist

Theatre

Kathleen Turner and Ian McDiarmid star in Bakerfield Mist, which Laurence Green finds a witty, joyful and rewarding experience....

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Miss Saigon

Theatre

Laurence’s Connor’s stunning revival of Miss Saigon has cinematic fluency and is proving to be one to the most popular shows in town.

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The Pajama Game

Theatre

Laurence Green finds the new production of The Pajama Game to be a buoyantly blissful blend of romance and comedy....

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Groombridge Place launches over 50s 2 for 1 midweek offer

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Discover the beautiful award-winning gardens and wildlife of Groombridge Place near Tunbridge Wells. ...

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Good People

Theatre

Laurence Green finds humour, punch and poignancy in David Lindsay-Abaire’s Good People – “not just a good play but a very good one”

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Relative Values

Theatre

Trevor Nunn's stylish revival of Noel Coward's comedy Relative Values comes to the Harold Pinter Theatre....

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I Can’t Sing

Theatre

Spoof musical of the hugely popular ITV talent show The X Factor now arrives at the London Palladium....

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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Theatre

Laurence Green says the new musical version of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is ‘great fun’ as he heads off into the night with a smile on his face.

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Fatal Attraction

Theatre

The current trend in the commercial theatre to turn hit films into plays continues apace with Trevor Nunn's slick, shallow production of...

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Blithe Spirit

Theatre

Angela Lansbury makes triumphant return to West End in Blithe Spirit at Gielgud Theatre. Laurence Green reviews....

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Mother’s Day treats with the National Trust

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Enjoy a springtime outing this Mothering Sunday with our round of National Trust properties.

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Versailles

Theatre

Versailles is an an intelligent, impressive drama that marks a worthwhile addition to the current debate about the legacy of the First...

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The Full Monty

Theatre

Laurence Green enjoys a night of The Full Monty at London's Noel Coward Theatre....

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1984

Theatre

George Orwell’s chilling and unsettling work, 1984, is still relevant in this absorbing adaptation at the Almeida Theatre.

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Quidam

Theatre

Cirque du Soleil are back with a show that lets your imagination take flight. Laurence Green is thrilled by Quidam....

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Stephen Ward

Theatre

Laurence Green reviews Andrew Lloyd Webber's new musical Stephen Ward (Aldwych Theatre), directed by Richard Eyre....

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Fortune’s Fool

Theatre

A scathing satire of 19th century Russian Society is provided by Ivan Turgenev in his unjustly neglected explosive family drama Fortune’s Fool (Old Vic), directed by Lucy Bailey.

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Eric and Little Ern

Theatre

An affectionate tribute is paid to one of the greatest comedy double act that Britain has ever seen in Owen Lewis's production of Eric and...

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Let the Right One In

Theatre

John Ajvide Lindqvist's chilling vampire drama Let the Right One In is brought to the Royal Court stage in a thought-provoking adaptation...

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Last Vegas

Film

Comedy road trip starring Hollywood veterans Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline

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From Here to Eternity

Theatre

Tim Rice's musical adaptation of James Jones' wartime classic is first rate says Laurence Green....

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The Commitments

Theatre

The hugely popular novel and film hits the stage and a bum note as Laurence Green reviews The Commitments at London's Palace Theatre....

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Ghosts at Almeida Theatre

Theatre

Laurence Green sees a masterly production of Henrik Ibsen’s tale of moral cowardice, patriarchy, class and hypocrisy.

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London Film Festival 2013

Film

Laurence Green picks his top films from the first week of the London Film Festival....

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Autumn walks and dazzling displays of colour

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National Trust parks and properties boast some of Britain's most beautiful scenery, enjoy them in their autumn splendour with our pick of...

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Edinburgh International Festival

What's on

Laurence Green reports on the very best in international opera, music, theatre and dance at the Edinburgh International Festival.

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Chimerica – reviewed

Theatre

Chimerica is epic theatre on an intimate scale that leaves a truly lasting impression says 50connect theatre critic Laurence Green. ...

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Robot & Frank

What's on

Offbeat black comedy that takes an unsentimental, if somewhat cookie, look at ageing and a fanciful future of robots caring for older...

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Book review: Forget-Me-Not Summer

Books

Katie Flynn’s latest instalment of her period Liverpool series is a Wartime tale of a daughter’s search for love and her missing mother.

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Theatre

Laurence Green enjoys a delectable treat for young and old alike at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane....

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Like Someone in Love

Film

Laurence Green reviews Abbas Kiarostami's ambigous and enjoyable new film Like Someone in Love...

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Sweet Bird of Youth

Theatre

Laurence Green enjoys an absorbing production of Tennessee Williams’ 1959 drama Sweet Bird of Youth

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Theatre: The Victorian in the Wall

Theatre

Laurence Green reviews The Victorian in the Wall and finds an initially promising piece which sadly fails to live up to expectations...

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Passion Play – reviewed

Theatre

Laurence Green finds excessively arty and uninvolving drama at The Duke of York's Theatre...

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Theatre review: Untold Stories

Theatre

Laurence Green enjoys an invigorating evening of wit and wisdom from Alan Bennett at the Duchess Theatre.

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Treblinka – A Survivor’s Story

Books

An utterly bleak account of endurance, barbarism and human spirit. ...

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Book Review – ‘Stieg Larsson, My Friend’

Books

Kurdo Baksi's memoir of the late crime author is controversial but is still a good start for fans wanting to learn more...

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