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Friday, October 12, 2018

Imaginative and visually exciting story of Charles Darwin’s eventful Beagle voyage its told in a purpose-built venue at this iconic museum

Powerful story of Female Genital Mutilation puts audiences on a 90 minute rollercoaster of emotion

It’s a people’s revolution. For the very first time, a community cast takes the Olivier stage: around 200 non-professionals, led by a few actors, representing national diversity. And that’s no anaemic buzzword here, but real inclusion – assorted ages, sizes, ethnicities, experiences, performers in wheelchairs, in drag, all combining in the art of storytelling. It’s end-of-term play meets Danny Boyle’s London Olympics Opening Ceremony.

There’s no such thing as a dead cert in theatreland. No matter how bulletproof the material might seem (through reputation or otherwise), there is always the potential for it to flounder on the banks of poor execution, woeful miscasting and meandering direction.

Caroline David settles in for an evening of open-air theatre as director Maria Aberg oversees a quite brilliant adaption of the Little Shop of Horrors

The turn of the Millennium was one of those seismic moments in history, just like New Year’s Eve continues to be a heightened moment within our own lives.

David Conway, Hampstead Garden Opera’s new Chair, took the pulpit to announce that Facebook had taken down HGO’s posting “ .. for promoting sexual services” - it certainly was a strange start to a concert!

Laura Wade’s entertaining relationship drama examines the appeal of a retreat from complexity to the more defined certainties of the 50s.

Take fantastic trip on a musical adventure in the tunnels beneath Waterloo station

A comical modern dress production has an environmental theme that perfectly marries the play’s ideas of natural utopias with the idyllic Regent’s Park setting

Bridget Galton gives a four star review.

Caroline David gives Genesis Inc a two-star review.

Caroline David feels the chill but not enough spookiness at ghostly chamber opera that hints at child abuse

A topical revival of unsung expressionist play inspired by the real life case of Ruth Snyder who killed her abusive husband

David Winskill struggles with a contemporary update of Moliere’s comedy in both English and 17th Century French

A tender and intimate revival of Brian Friel’s epic tale of love and language in rural 1830s Ireland

Haunting elements of World War I inspired Peter Pan blend with puppetry, aerial skills and a panto Captain Hook

The sorry tale of an army Major convicted of cheating on a TV quiz show has been turned into a moment of cultural significance by playwright James Graham.

A timely but over ambitious look at the struggle to remain truthful in Communist Russia

Dystopian slow-burn thriller fires a warning shot about Donald Trump’s vision of America

Five star review for English National Ballet’s showcase of American dance

“Perhaps only in Britain could one succeed in writing a thriller about the weather,” observed David Haig who both wrote and stars in this little-known true story about D-Day.

The Tricycle Theatre re-opens in September with a brand new name and an “ambitious” adaptation of Zadie Smith’s Willesden-set novel White Teeth.

New play Boots follows two women’s effect on each other’s lives. Zoe Paskett talks to playwrights Jessica Butcher from Clapton and Sacha Voit from Camden and actor Illona Linthwaite

CircusFest sees performers from Kentish Town to Palestine taking part in a feast of contemporary circus at The Roundhouse

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As part of a major refurb, the London Marriott Hotel Maida Vale has renamed its three new-look function rooms to reflect the geography and rich history of the area. The largest, perfect for weddings and large meetings, is named after a Hampstead subterranean river, The Westbourne.

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