Southwark Playhouse

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The Children’s Inquiry review – exhilarating political musical about kids in care
Soulful anthems with hard-knock lyrics cover 150 years of British care system history in a sophisticated show from Lung theatre company

David Jays

10, Jul, 2024 @11:02 AM

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Fame, lust and drugs: Dorian Gray staged as a genderfluid rock musical
Alfie Friedman delves into the dark side to star in Linnie Reedman and Joe Evans’ Southwark Playhouse production

Richard Brooks

30, Jun, 2024 @9:00 AM

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The week in theatre: A Child of Science; Wedding Band; No Love Songs – review
The moving story of the invention of IVF gives space to the women affected; Alice Childress’s 60s interracial romance proves relevant still; but a musical about unplanned parenthood can’t find the drama

Claire Armitstead

16, Jun, 2024 @9:30 AM

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Sappho review – the poet’s passions, from ancient Lesbos to spangly clubland
A mix of songs, dance, glitter and camp, this ancient-modern mashup is derailed by bland debates and a convoluted script

Arifa Akbar

09, May, 2024 @2:48 PM

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Cable Street review – dazzling musical portrait of a community against fascism
Framing the battle within a 1930s romance and a 2024 walking tour, Adam Lenson’s production has big ballads, hip-hop-ish commentary and high camp

Mark Lawson

27, Feb, 2024 @1:18 PM

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Before After review – artist’s life becomes a blank canvas in amnesiac musical
This two-hander has a high concept and appealing performances but the script and songs lack emotional pull

Chris Wiegand

09, Feb, 2024 @11:00 PM

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Blood on Your Hands review – abattoir drama never gets to the meat of the issue
Grace Joy Howarth’s play about the lives of two slaughterhouse workers addresses many things – the ethics of eating animals, the situation in Ukraine, zero-hours contracts – but never cohere

Arifa Akbar

21, Jan, 2024 @12:12 PM

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Unfortunate: The Untold Story of Ursula the Sea Witch review – a chaotic camp delight
The Divine-inspired villain of The Little Mermaid and her rag-tag band of gay sea creatures reclaim their narrative in a boundlessly energetic, beautifully belted musical parody

Kate Wyver

12, Jan, 2024 @2:00 PM

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Phantasmagoria review – scary story forgets the fear factor
Unsettling ideas about sinister political forces are debated in a haunted house. It’s timely subject matter, but fails to create any sense of tension

Arifa Akbar

08, Nov, 2023 @12:37 PM

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Lizzie review – ferocious rock opera revisits 1892 double murder case
Strong voices, polished direction and pop choreography boost this uneven account of Lizzie Borden, accused of killing her father and stepmother

Chris Wiegand

03, Nov, 2023 @11:21 AM

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The week in theatre: Alter; Word-Play; Ride – review
Catalan company Kamchàtka create an enticing piece of site-specific theatre in the unlikeliest of places; a dinner party turns nasty at the Royal Court; and around the world in bloomers

Susannah Clapp

30, Jul, 2023 @9:30 AM

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Blanket Ban review – startling account of abortion laws in Malta
Maltese duo use firsthand interviews – and warm humour – to highlight the lack of reproductive rights on the island

Kate Wyver

03, May, 2023 @1:21 PM

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