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Echo at Royal Court Theatre. Photo by Manuel Harlan
17 Jul
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Stuart King

Review: ECHO at Royal Court

A certain amount of mystery and intrigue surrounds the production currently playing at the Royal Court’s main space. The Jerwood Theatre Downstairs plays host to ECHO (Every Cold-Hearted Oxygen) by Iranian writer Nassim Soleimanpour who has enlisted assistance from a number of high profile actors who each serve as his narrator on stage for one performance (without rehearsal) where they are given lines to deliver through screen projections or fed through an ear piece. So what has the production to say for itself, and given the presentation format, what could possibly go wrong?

Echo at Royal Court Theatre. Photo by Manuel HarlanEcho at Royal Court Theatre. Photo by Manuel Harlan.

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Fuerza Bruta - Aven at the Roundhouse Photo credit  Johan Persson
17 Jul
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Stuart King

Review: FUERZA BRUTA: AVEN at The Roundhouse

The brute force of FUERZA BRUTA once again bursts onto the London performance scene with the troupe’s new show AVEN. Their energetic and inventive style of movement and storytelling will be familiar to many, including this reviewer who last saw them perform at The Roundhouse back in 2014.

Fuerza Bruta - Aven at the Roundhouse Photo credit  Johan PerssonFuerza Bruta - Aven at the Roundhouse Photo credit Johan Persson

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Nigel Hastings, Natalie Simpson and James Corrigan in Visit From An Unknown Woman, credit Marc Brenner
13 Jul
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Stuart King

Review: VISIT FROM AN UNKNOWN WOMAN at Hampstead Theatre

Following a curtailed opening night a few weeks ago, Hampstead Theatre enacted some changes to their production of Christopher Hampton’s VISIT FROM AN UNKNOWN WOMAN based on Stefan Zweig’s novella, which itself gave rise to a movie by Max Ophüls (as Letter From An Unknown Woman). The play is now up and running on the main stage.

Nigel Hastings, Natalie Simpson and James Corrigan in Visit From An Unknown Woman, credit Marc BrennerNigel Hastings, Natalie Simpson and James Corrigan in Visit From An Unknown Woman, credit Marc Brenner

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Slave Play at Noel Coward Theatre. Photo by Helen Murray
11 Jul
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Stuart King

Review: SLAVE PLAY at Noel Coward

Another Broadway transfer has just landed in the West End, and given London’s multicultural make-up, together with its largely accepting normalisation of therapy and interracial couples’ counselling, it should prove an interesting, welcome and altogether exciting and challenging addition to the capital’s theatre skyline. On Broadway, SLAVE PLAY secured a record breaking 12 Tony nominations for a play, and if this evening’s opening was anything to go by, it may just achieve an equivalent feat this side of the Atlantic.

Slave Play at Noel Coward Theatre. Photo by Helen Murray Slave Play at Noel Coward Theatre. Photo by Helen Murray

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Alma Mater at Almeida Theatre
11 Jul
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Stuart King

Review: ALMA MATER at Almeida

At its heart, Kendall Feaver’s play ALMA MATER deals with the ever widening gap in the differing generational approaches to feminism. Set on a fictitious university campus, a student Paige (Liv Hill) claims to have been sexually assaulted and at first wants the experience to simply go away. Others see the incident as a rallying call to end what they perceive is an endemic rape culture largely condoned by silence.

Alma Mater at Almeida Theatre Alma Mater at Almeida Theatre.

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