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Friday, January 18, 2019

Ishy Din’s play set in a northern cab office is a welcome insight into Margaret Thatcher’s effect on immigrant workers but a lost opportunity

Ex Taxi Driver Ishy Din says working as a cabbie gave him “raw material” for his play set in a northern taxi firm

The King’s Head’s very funny revival of Kevin Elyot’s play about sex, love and loyalty between a gay couple transfers to the West End

Cutting edge puppetry, circus, juggling and live art will be showcased at the inernational event which runs at various venues including the Barbican, Sadlers Wells, Shoreditch Town Hall, and Jacksons Lane

Muswell Hill opera star Lesley Garrett shows great comic timing in this spoof about a witless duo of actors trying to stage the Nativity saga

Simon Russell Beale’s nuanced performance carries Hill-Gibbins’ heavily abridged, heavy handed production

Birmingham Stage Company offers a well-realised pacy stage adaptation of David Walliams’ thriller about a young heiress and her murderous aunt

The Highgate venue pulls off an energetic and infectiously fun rendition of this Gershwin jukebox musical

A high energy return to form for Susie McKenna’s legendary annual outing of gliz, hilarity and joy

A dark, invenntive but uneven take on JM Barrie’s original play

An inventive production of John Masefield’s 30s fantasy children’s novel needs more brutal editing to truly shine

CBeebies twins Dr Chris and Dr Xand rally gross out humour, self experimentation and interactive fun to teach children about the human body

Terry Johnson’s adaptation gives Chekhov’s classic a refreshing comic polish but misses some of its deeper emotion

An unexpededly reflective exploration of how music offers a soundtrack to our lives based around the songs of Take That

Hampstead artistic director Neal Foster is behind two festive family shows at freshly renovated venues this Christmas

A charming gentle and imaginitive telling a simple fairytale

Muswell Hill soprano Lesley Garrett throws herself into her first comic acting role in Patrick Barlow’s Nativity caper this Christmas.

A pacy, inventive adaptation of Lermontov’s novel offers energy but not necessarily emotional connection

Comic opera offers a fun night out at Highgate venue

Hiccup Theatre presents an interactive, imaginitive take on the children’s fairytale

Versailles and Merlin star Alex Vlahos takes on the double role of Mr Darling and Captain Hook in an updated version of JM Barrie’s original play

A play about The Battle of Cable Street reveals how Irish immigrants fought alongside Jewish neighbours to turn back a fascist march

David Winskill thoroughly enjoys “a special play which deserves full houses” courtesy of Jesse Briton.

Award-winning actors cannot salvage a mis-firing script about sacrifice and marital infidelity

Creepy child witches and a sinister janitor give Polly Findlay’s modern-dress Macbeth an unsettling edge

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