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Friday, September 13, 2019

Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig's tale of a blood donor scandal in 90s China makes an ambitious thought-provoking start to new artistic director Roxana Silbert's regime at Hampstead

Brenda Kapowitz is living any parent's absolute worst nightmare. A single mother to Matthew and Jason, she's doing her best to maintain a career and hold her fragile family life together in the face of intense media scrutiny and a colossal feeling of guilt. Matthew is, after all, under house-arrest on suspicion of committing a heinous act.

Lucy Prebble's ambitious play uses puppetry, song and pitch dark humour to explore the poisoning of Muswell Hill whistleblower Alexander Litvinenko by Russian agents

Based on the fatal shooting af a black teen by a white policeman, Dael Orlandersmith performs her own devastating poetic monologues which spotlight the racism that divides and distorts America

Alex Jennings and Lindsay Duncan are at the top of their game as warring spouses trading jibes about Tory privilege

Phoebe Waller-Bridge is a TV superstar (Fleabag, Killing Eve), a Star Wars standout, and the feminist saviour of James Bond. But never mind all that; theatre needs her back.

Following Jesus Christ Superstar's resurrection, another Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice musical gets the Park treatment.

It didn't take long for mezzo Beth Moxon and soprano Luci Briginshaw to remind the audience of St Michael's terrific acoustic.

A few years ago there was a revival of interest in Frank Hurley's remarkable black and white images of the Boy's Own sounding Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition.

From Beyonce to Chewbacca, Wembley's cavernous 2,000 seat Troubadour Theatre has a long history of film and TV making, writes Bridget Galton.

Andy Stanton's cult children's books gets a colourful funny musical treatment with a geniunely bad baddie

Cameron Burt started singing in the choir at Highgate School and now stars in the musical Mamma Mia

Inua Ellams' joyful, thoughtful look at African masculinity and the relationship between barbers and their clients is vivid, funny and moving

A zesty adaptation of Jill Murphy's classic boarding school saga is a bubbling cauldron of girl power and magical power that had me spellbound

While lacking in dramatic heft this sultry revue of the jazz greats sees some blissful musical sparring between Sharon D Clarke and Clive Rowe

A brilliantly acted Shane Meadows-esque story of two runaways misses brilliance but its blunt realism yields some eye-catching moments

The Holloway children's author translates the surreal and silly world of Lamonic Bibber into a stage musical

Peter Schaffer's 1970s homoerotic play about a boy who blinds horses gets a precise and exhilirating revival

A perfect summer evening saw a well acted performance of George Bernard Shaw's romantic satire of war and social status

Overegged but fun revival proves Rice and Lloyd Webber's biblical classic is indestructible

Fund-raising production sees a different celebrity every night solving a murder mystery while being fed their lines through an ear-piece

The Shaw Society's birthday tribute to the late playwright is an open air production of his romantic comedy Arms and The Man

A rumbustious broad brush musical of Sue Townsend's pompous pubescent hero fizzes with energy but leaves you wanting more of her quirky original lines

Dominic Hill's vivid Dream in the natural wonderland of Regent's Park boldy imagines a world of class wars, misogyny and environmental issues

The first British Vietnamese play, this affecting family drama is a warm and lucid take on the tensions between second generation immigrants and their parents

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