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Stuart King

Stuart King, contributing writer

Stuart began life as an angelic choirboy and quickly developed a passion for theatre and film. To date, he has pursued 3 careers: Hoteliership (Four Seasons); Performer (theatre and television) and Facilities Management (corporate and media sectors).

Kayla Meikle in Bluets at Jerwood Theatre Downstairs. Photo Camilla Greenwell.
25 May
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Review: BLUETS at Royal Court

It would be the purest understatement to suggest that theatregoers have been wildly anticipating director Katie Mitchell’s latest live cinema production — the art form which hybridises a live stage performance piece (often relayed through stage mics on stands) which moves at a preordained rhythm and uses back screening and props used by performers who are usually ranged in a straight row facing the audience. When it comes-off and flows seamlessly, it can be simply breathtaking. So how does BLUETS compare with other examples of the genre, for example the extraordinary LITTLE SCRATCH also directed by Mitchell?

Kayla Meikle in Bluets at Jerwood Theatre Downstairs. Photo Camilla Greenwell.Kayla Meikle in Bluets at Jerwood Theatre Downstairs. Photo Camilla Greenwell.

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Passing Strange - Young Vic
23 May
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Review: PASSING STRANGE at Young Vic

With four on stage musicians and a further seven performers, Broadway’s winner of the Tony for Best Book of a Musical in 2008 has finally made the leap across the pond, settling into the Young Vic’s space for the summer. In so doing, it demonstrates why it proved such a surprise hit in New York, running for six months during its initial outing despite (or perhaps in spite of) its less than conventional format.

Passing Strange - Young VicThe cast of Passing Strange at The Young Vic Theatre.

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The Book of Grace, Arcola Theatre
21 May
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Review: THE BOOK OF GRACE at Arcola

A patrol officer Vet who lives on the Mexico-Texas border with his much younger second wife Grace, is to be awarded a medal for his service. The presentation ceremony offers the couple an opportunity to patch things up with the patrolman’s estranged son Buddy by inviting him to attend. But will he come, and if he does, will everything go to plan, and just whose plan is it anyway? Directed by Femi Elufowoju jr, this simmering 2010 drama by Suzan-Lori Parks receives its UK premier at Arcola Theatre.

The Book of Grace, Arcola TheatreThe Book of Grace at the Arcola Theatre. Photo Alex Brenner.

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The cast of People, Places & Things in the West End. Photo Marc Brenner.
15 May
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Review: PEOPLE, PLACES AND THINGS at Trafalgar Theatre

A disturbed and fragile actress has reached a tipping point in her consumption of alcohol and drugs, and finally takes the bold step to check herself into a rehabilitation facility. Initially unable to comprehend the benefits of group interaction, she challenges everything inherent in the program’s model as she flails at the injustices she perceives in the world, whilst trying to convince herself and others that drugs and addiction offer a dependable antidote to the ubiquitous cruelty manifest in everyday life - most notably for her, the early death of her brother in a traffic accident.

The cast of People, Places & Things in the West End. Photo Marc Brenner.The cast of People, Places & Things in the West End. Photo Marc Brenner.

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Between Riverside and Crazy company at Hampstead Theatre. Photo credit Johan Persson
15 May
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Review: BETWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZY at Hampstead Theatre

Walter Pops Washington, a stubborn and self-righteous former police officer, refuses to settle his claim for compensation, believing that he was the targeted victim of a bar shooting carried out by a rookie white cop, based solely on the colour of his skin. Since the incident, his wife has passed and those who remain and move in his small circle, including his son Junior and various hangers-on,have long since begun to fragment.

Between Riverside and Crazy company at Hampstead Theatre. Photo credit Johan PerssonBetween Riverside and Crazy company at Hampstead Theatre. Photo credit Johan Persson

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