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Brief Encounter review – sparkling revival of Emma Rice’s forbidden romance
This polished production brings Rice’s innovative adaptation of the classic film to life, with an electric central partnership and personality to spare

Anya Ryan

19, Oct, 2021 @10:28 AM

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Alan Carr review – saucy riffs and showbiz tales
Good albeit digressive gags keep the routines endearingly amusing in the comic’s new touring show Regional Trinket

Brian Logan

19, Oct, 2021 @6:42 AM

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Grenfell: Value Engineering review – gruelling, unfinished tragedy
Verbatim reconstruction of the inquiry into the 2017 disaster points up the horrifying, amoral capitalism that fuelled it

Arifa Akbar

18, Oct, 2021 @11:01 PM

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Thoughts of a Colored Man review – Black Brooklyn life explored on Broadway
The first Broadway show to be written, directed by, starring and produced by Black artists offers a patchy mix of insight and unoriginality

Gloria Oladipo

18, Oct, 2021 @1:31 PM

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‘People felt threatened even by a puppet refugee’: Little Amal’s epic walk through love and fear
From being pelted with stones in Greece to receiving a papal welcome in Rome, the giant girl’s migrant trek from Syria to Manchester provoked powerful responses

Amelia Gentleman

18, Oct, 2021 @1:29 PM

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L’Heure Exquise review – a Beckettian ballerina buried in pointe shoes
Maurice Béjart’s adaptation of Happy Days sees Alessandra Ferri up to her hips in ballet shoes in this sparse, dreamlike work

Lyndsey Winship

18, Oct, 2021 @12:00 PM

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For Black Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When the Hue Gets Too Heavy review
Ryan Calais Cameron’s exploration of race and masculinity is timely and has potent moments but this production feels underdeveloped

Arifa Akbar

18, Oct, 2021 @9:20 AM

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Yellowfin review – shocking testimony from a world with empty oceans
Three senators at a hearing in Washington DC try to find out where all the fish have gone in Marek Horn’s smart but deliberately frustrating one-room play

Kate Wyver

18, Oct, 2021 @6:18 AM

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Love and Other Acts of Violence review – mesmerising moments amid the darkness
A poet and a physicist begin a relationship under a fascist regime in Cordelia Lynn’s audaciously jagged play about the tipping point of tyranny

Arifa Akbar

17, Oct, 2021 @11:01 PM

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Candoco Dance Company review – it all just works, beautifully
Fascinating in its form, enigmatic in its meaning, this double bill is full of delights

Sanjoy Roy

17, Oct, 2021 @11:01 PM

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The Enemy review – Ibsen goes digital
A powerful overhaul of An Enemy of the People weaves texts and emails seamlessly into the action

Clare Brennan

17, Oct, 2021 @10:00 AM

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The week in theatre: Maryland; The Tragedy of Macbeth; White Noise
Lucy Kirkwood’s raw response to the murders of Sabina Nessa and Sarah Everard captures a moment of terrible rage

Susannah Clapp

17, Oct, 2021 @9:30 AM

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