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The Great Wave - National Theatre
23 Mar
Justin Murray

Review: THE GREAT WAVE at The National Theatre

The Great Wave - National Theatre The National’s The Great Wave, a co-production with the Tricycle Theatre and directed by the Trike’s own Indhu Rabusingham, has its work cut out for it.

It explores a little known area of North Korea’s relations with the outside world (certainly I had no knowledge of it at all before reading the programme): namely, that several Japanese nationals were abducted from coastal towns by marauding North Koreans operating by boat; were then brought to North Korea and interned for unspecified lengths of time; were forced to teach Japanese language and culture to North Koreans enabling them to pass as Japanese in the outside world and carry out clandestine or terrorist operations; were given no information as to when their services might be completed and they might be allowed to go home. During the 1980s it is thought approximately 15 Japanese were abducted in this manner.

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Naomi Sheldon - Good Girl - Trafalgar Studio (photo by Felicity Crawshaw)
22 Mar
Bj McNeill

Review: GOOD GIRL at Trafalgar Studios

Naomi Sheldon - Good Girl - Trafalgar Studio (photo by Felicity Crawshaw) Naomi Sheldon stars as GG in her writing debut GOOD GIRL, a feminist journey from 1995 to the present day. The show could benefit from more creative direction, yet it remains an ardently acted one-woman piece that beckons the audience to question; why are women forced to fit in, be good or behave? GOOD GIRL begins to explore the isolation that we face from not always being exactly like everyone else.

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Strictly Ballroom - The Musical
22 Mar
New Shows
Phil Willmott

Dust off your Dancing Shoes - it's Strictly Ballroom, the Stage Musical

Strictly Ballroom - The Musical Excitement is building ahead of the West End premiere of Strictly Ballroom, the stage adaptation of Baz Lurman's feel good cult movie. Previews begin 29th March 2018 at the Piccadilly Theatre.

The P.Rs are doing a great job of wetting our appetites by releasing some terrific images of the production in rehearsals. There's also an engaging video promo and you can find each on the show's Facebook page.

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18 Mar
Phil Willmott

Review: BRIEF ENCOUNTER at the Empire Cinema

Brief-Encounter.jpgA celebrated musical of one of the best loved British movies of all time returns to the West End after thrilling audiences on tour and internationally. Appropriately you can see it, not in a theatre but in a converted art-deco cinema next to where PHANTOM OF THE OPERA plays, on the Haymarket.

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The King and I
16 Mar
Phil Willmott

Hello Young Lovers! New cast members are announced for THE KING AND I at the London Palladium

The King and IThe buzz around the West End transfer of The Lincoln Center Theater’s production of THE KING AND I continues with the announcement of extra performances and new cast members.

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