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Identical review – a new musical of The Parent Trap has its own special effect
The casting of twins as the separated sisters adds a frisson to Trevor Nunn’s elegant production of the twice-filmed tale, with pitch-perfect music by George Stiles

Clare Brennan

14, Aug, 2022 @10:30 AM

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Finding Home review – Idi Amin’s expulsions remembered
Fifty years on, these specially commissioned pieces movingly and unflinchingly reflect the experiences of Ugandan refugees in Britain

Clare Brennan

07, Aug, 2022 @10:30 AM

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Whistle Down the Wind review – outstanding production of the Lloyd Webber musical
Tom Jackson Greaves thrillingly fuses movement with music in his revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Louisiana-set take on the classic 60s film

Clare Brennan

31, Jul, 2022 @10:30 AM

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Underwood Lane review – John Byrne’s devilish divine comedy hits the right notes
The Paisley-born playwright and artist pays tribute to hometown hero Gerry Rafferty in a coming-of-age musical amplified by 60s pop hits

Clare Brennan

17, Jul, 2022 @10:30 AM

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The Climbers review – disappointingly flat Everest play
The opening is great, but with characters as thin as the air at high altitude, Carmen Nasr’s new mountaineering drama is downhill from there

Clare Brennan

10, Jul, 2022 @10:30 AM

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Tom, Dick & Harry review – spectacular, daring take on The Great Escape
Clowning and humour are brilliantly woven into the darkness and danger of this prisoner-of-war story, best known from the 1963 film

Clare Brennan

26, Jun, 2022 @10:30 AM

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Playboy of the West Indies review – feelgood musical that fails to click
Birmingham Rep
This attempt to make Mustapha Matura’s adaptation of the classic drama into a calypso-laced entertainment has lost something in translation

Clare Brennan

19, Jun, 2022 @10:30 AM

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The Dance of Death review – gender-swapping adaptation neuters Strindberg
Rebecca Lenkiewicz’s version of this 1900 play loses the high stakes of the influential original

Clare Brennan

05, Jun, 2022 @10:30 AM

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Corrina, Corrina review – high seas drama hits the rocks
Chloë Moss’s well-intentioned new play can’t quite navigate the choppy waters of sex and race among the crew of a cargo ship

Clare Brennan

29, May, 2022 @10:30 AM

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Now Is Good – a joyous musical with a makeover at its heart
Tim Firth’s show about a father and son converting a bank into a home is perfectly constructed and performed

Clare Brennan

22, May, 2022 @10:30 AM

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First Touch review – an attempt to give sexual abuse the red card
A young footballer is groomed by his coach in a new play lacking the intensity and drama of the beautiful game at its best

Clare Brennan

15, May, 2022 @10:30 AM

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The White Card review – the liberal art world’s blindness to privilege
A strong cast makes Claudia Rankine’s exploration of the ‘invisibility of whiteness’ and the source of US racism compelling

Clare Brennan

08, May, 2022 @10:30 AM

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