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Hamlet: a play that speaks to pandemics past and present

Theatre, What's on

Elizabeth Schafer watches Sir Ian McKellan in Shakespeare’s Hamlet and finds there is much to relate to and learn from as our world widens and we learn to “live with the virus”.

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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

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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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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 children, writes Laurence Green.

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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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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 Field’s excellent performance in All My Sons.

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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...

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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 National) which is also directed by Baker, together with Chloe Lamford. Laurence Green reviews.

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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 Doctor.

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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 dream-forest outside of Athens in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

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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...

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The Hunt

Theatre

Adapted from the acclaimed 2012 film, The Hunt is a disturbing and powerful drama that you won't forget in a hurry! Laurence Green reviews....

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On Your Feet

Theatre

Christie Prades gives a performance of great personal magnetism, tenderness and sensitivity in this absorbing and occasionally moving musical about the life of Gloria Estefan. Laurence Green reviews.

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Present Laughter

Theatre

Andrew Scott steals the show with a fascinatingly detailed interpretation of a character who is flirtatious, stroppy and sardonic, yet also...

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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 the generations, writes Laurence Green.

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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...

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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 familiar play with fresh eyes. Laurence Green reviews.

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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...

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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 Miller’s appeal to our collective conscience. Laurence Green reviews.

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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...

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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, writes Laurence Green.

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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,...

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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...

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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 Whitehouse (Grandad). Laurence Green reviews.

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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 the forces that shape us, writes Laurence Green.

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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...

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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 clarity and insight, writes Laurence Green.

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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...

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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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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...

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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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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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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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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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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 year-long celebration of the work of Oscar Wilde.

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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...

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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 up to the pivotal D-Day landings.

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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 Green.

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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...

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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 adversity, writes Laurence Green.

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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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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...

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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 from the Sea.

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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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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 Green.

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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 years.

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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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