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Jean-Daniel Broussé: (le) Pain review – baker’s son gets a rise in this playful, affecting solo show
Broussé brings a tale of baking and suffering to glorious life in this much-kneeded autobiographical show

Clare Brennan

23, Jan, 2022 @11:30 AM

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Wendy & Peter Pan review – Wendy finds her way in a boy-shaped world
Developed between teams in Leeds and Tokyo, this spectacular reimagining brings new complexity to JM Barrie’s story

Clare Brennan

16, Jan, 2022 @11:30 AM

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A Chorus Line review – a timely revival of the 70s musical
The 70s musical centred on a group of Broadway musical auditionees is all about the ensemble in Nikolai Foster’s winning revival

Clare Brennan

12, Dec, 2021 @11:00 AM

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From a joyous Mancunian Wiz to the most charming of Beasts – the best Christmas family shows
The Railway Children reduces our critic to tears, and a topical take on The Wizard of Oz blows her away as festive family shows return with a bang

Clare Brennan

05, Dec, 2021 @10:30 AM

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My Voice Was Heard But It Was Ignored – vital voices on racism
The arrest of a man outside a shop provides the framework for a dramatic investigation of black people’s experiences

Clare Brennan

21, Nov, 2021 @11:00 AM

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Life Is a Dream review – an existential celebration to die for
Royal Lyceum theatre, Edinburgh
Wils Wilson delivers a high-energy version of the 17th-century play about a monstrous prince faced with the ultimate question

Clare Brennan

07, Nov, 2021 @11:00 AM

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Jitney review – August Wilson’s cab drivers do the talking
A strong cast and the world-weary Pittsburgh cab drivers they portray are all battling circumstances in this overly busy production of Wilson’s 1982 play

Clare Brennan

31, Oct, 2021 @11:00 AM

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The Lemon Table review – love and death with Julian Barnes
Ian McDiarmid wryly contemplates mortality in his engaging new adaptation of two Julian Barnes short stories

Clare Brennan

24, Oct, 2021 @10:00 AM

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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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Dracula: The Untold Story review – gripping vampire tale with added bite
Imitating the Dog’s technical marvel of a show turns an updated version of Bram Stoker’s novel into a live-action graphic novel

Clare Brennan

10, Oct, 2021 @10:00 AM

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Typical Girls review – prison punks are too polite
Clean Break theatre company and the Crucible join forces in Morgan Lloyd Malcolm’s worthwhile if underpowered play featuring the music of the Slits

Clare Brennan

03, Oct, 2021 @10:00 AM

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Missing Julie review – passion fights politics in laden Strindberg update
The love triangle is gone, the wounds of war still raw in Kaite O’Reilly’s alternately intense and laboured adaptation set in Wales in 1921

Clare Brennan

26, Sep, 2021 @10:00 AM

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