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Guys and Dolls Chichester Festival Theatre

The style and panache of Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows’s distillation of Damon Runyon’s classic story and characters, set to Frank Loesser’s tuneful but acerbically pointed songs, puts Guys and Dolls among the greatest of the musicals from Broadway’s golden age.

Theatre Published on Friday August 22 2014 at 10:57

Secret Cinema presents Back To The Future Queen Elizabeth Park, London

Since 2007, Secret Cinema has been blurring the line between film and theatre, creating immersive productions around classic movie screenings.

Theatre Published on Friday August 22 2014 at 10:19

The Ring Cycle Plays - The Rhine Gold/The Valkyrie/Siegfried/Twilight of the Gods The Scoop at More London, London

Given that - including intervals - the play in its entirety has a four-and-a-half-hour running time, it is astonishing how fresh and fast-paced it feels throughout.

Theatre Published on Monday August 18 2014 at 11:59

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Jezebel Soho Upstairs, Soho Theatre, London

A surprisingly sweet comedy about a sexually frustrated couple’s decision to engage in a threesome, Irish company Rough Magic’s Jezebel stimulates plenty of laughs but lacks the salacious bite its subject matter intimates.

Theatre Published on Monday August 18 2014 at 10:09

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Muswell Hill White Bear Theatre, London

After the critical success of last year’s Invincible at the Orange Tree Theatre and later the St James, Torben Betts’ 2012 hit is given a welcome revival at the fringe venue that showcased some of his early writing.

Theatre Published on Friday August 15 2014 at 10:01

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Punk Rock Lyric Theatre, Belfast

A burst of spontaneous applause ten minutes into Act II speaks volumes for audience engagement, as fearful, humiliated genius Chadwick Meade (Rory Corcoran) rounds on his tormentors with his devastating, existentialist intellect.

Theatre Published on Friday August 15 2014 at 09:55

Sherlock Holmes: A Working Hypothesis The Guildhall, York

After successive reinventions as a muscular, action-hero type (Guy Ritchie’s two films) and as a present day otherworldly genius (the BBC’s series, starring Benedict Cumberbatch) comes this interactive take on Holmes.

Theatre Published on Thursday August 14 2014 at 13:26

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Dogfight Southwark Playhouse, London

American songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul’s show A Christmas Story was Tony-nominated in 2013, but it is the team’s Off-Broadway musicals that have gradually reached the UK - firstly their song cycle Edges, and now the European premiere of Dogfight.

Theatre Published on Thursday August 14 2014 at 12:40

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Bad Jews Ustinov Studio, Bath

The summer season at the Theatre Royal Bath usually concentrates on the main house, with plays by writers of international repute.

Theatre Published on Wednesday August 13 2014 at 11:42

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La Traviata Soho Theatre, London

OperaUpClose’s slimmed-down staging of Verdi’s opera manages to make do with just five singers (no separate chorus) and a three-piece band - on the first night consisting of pianist/music director Alex Beetschen, clarinettist Sarah Douglas and cellist William Rudge - though as with the vocal principals there are alternative performers on other evenings.

Opera Published on Wednesday August 13 2014 at 11:22

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Sherlock’s Last Case Jubilee Hall, Aldeburgh

Director Mark Sterling first helped to produce this comic thriller as a student at Manchester University in the 1970s, with the late Rik Mayall as Holmes.

Theatre Published on Wednesday August 13 2014 at 11:16

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Screenplay: An Empty Seat/The Illicit Dark/Double Feature/Bit Part Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

Screenplay lives up to its title by drawing influences from both stage and screen with four short plays by new writers, each one set during a film screening at the art deco Odeon cinema in Scarborough - now the home of the Stephen Joseph Theatre.

Theatre Published on Monday August 11 2014 at 13:55

The Picture of John Gray Old Red Lion, London

This captivating new play by CJ Wilmann dramatises the life of poet and priest John Gray.

Theatre Published on Monday August 11 2014 at 13:37

Oh What a Nite! Viva Cabaret Bar, Blackpool

In the wake of the success enjoyed by the Jersey Boys stage show and film, tributes to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons are right up there in quantity with ABBA, Elvis and the Beatles wannabes these days.

Light Entertainment Published on Monday August 11 2014 at 13:27

The Long Road South /Dirty Promises Hope Theatre, London

A sweltering drama set to the backdrop of the civil rights movement in the 1960s, and an unsettling piece about an abusive relationship complete the dynamic HopeFull repertory season of one-act plays.

Theatre Published on Monday August 11 2014 at 10:16

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