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It’s showtime! Stage sensations to watch out for in 2023
Ross Willis unveils his new play Grim Brenda, Nancy Medina takes over at Bristol Old Vic and Sung Im Her has all the right moves. Here are 10 of theatre’s brightest talents today

Chris Wiegand

03, Jan, 2023 @11:58 AM

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Paradise Now! review – sharp satire of girlboss extremes
Smartly directed and superbly acted, Margaret Perry’s funny and moving play follows a group of women working for an essential oils franchise

Chris Wiegand

15, Dec, 2022 @10:30 AM

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The Kola Nut Does Not Speak English review – slow-bloom show full of familial love
The conflicts of not fully knowing your family’s language are to the fore in writer and actor Tania Nwachukwu’s play

Anya Ryan

01, Dec, 2022 @10:00 PM

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Josie Rourke: ‘If Shakespeare was alive now he’d be under commission to Nica Burns’
As You Like It comes to London’s new venue @sohoplace this winter. The play’s director and the theatre’s owner discuss arts cuts, the industry’s gender balance and the pandemic

Arifa Akbar

28, Nov, 2022 @10:28 AM

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Elephant review – magnetic monologue on mixed-race identity in Britain
In her melodic debut play, Anoushka Lucas asks difficult questions about her own existence, the origins of her beloved piano and the British class system

Anya Ryan

26, Oct, 2022 @11:20 AM

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The week in theatre: Handbagged; The Cherry Orchard; Clutch – review
Moira Buffini’s damning satire imagining the Queen’s weekly meetings with Margaret Thatcher acquires poignancy; James Macdonald directs Chekhov in outer space; and a driving lesson for us all

Kate Kellaway

25, Sep, 2022 @9:30 AM

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Clutch review – drama about driving lessons is a joyful ride
Will Jackson’s endearing two-hander pairs a nervous learner driver with an overbearing instructor

Miriam Gillinson

23, Sep, 2022 @11:20 AM

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The P Word review – an irresistible romance and so much more
Waleed Akhtar’s bewitching love story between a gym bunny and an asylum seeker raises urgent issues

Arifa Akbar

16, Sep, 2022 @11:12 AM

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Black British theatre’s great leap forward
The conversations thrown up by Black Lives Matter and Covid have ushered in an exciting new era for Black stage creatives. Those at the forefront explain why it needs to be more than a passing trend

Pauline Walker

04, Jul, 2022 @7:00 AM

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Favour review – a moving addiction drama with occasional lapses
Bush theatre, London
Three generations of a working-class Muslim family clash in Ambreen Razia’s meditation on the complexities of motherhood

Arifa Akbar

30, Jun, 2022 @9:00 PM

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The week in theatre: Oklahoma!; Unchain Me; House of Ife
Rodgers and Hammerstein’s first musical is roughed up; dreamthinkspeak amble around Brighton; and a first for Amharic on the British stage?

Susannah Clapp

15, May, 2022 @9:30 AM

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House of Ife review – buried secrets unearthed by grief
A family gathers following a son’s death to tackle unfinished business provoked by cultural tensions and an absent father, in Beru Tessema’s absorbing play

Arifa Akbar

08, May, 2022 @11:19 AM

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