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Nelken
15 Feb
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Stuart King

Review: NELKEN - A PIECE BY PINA BAUSCH at Sadler’s Wells

Last seen at Sadler’s Wells in 2005, NELKEN is steeped in dance history and leans on a veritable smorgasbord of music drawn from the 1930s and 1940s. The eagle-eared will recognise, Richard Tauber, Gershwin, Franz Lehar and Sophie Tucker accompanying the troupe of over 20 performers as they deliver the walking dance which depicts the four seasons.

NelkenNelken - credit Oliver Look- Luciény Kaabral, Andrey Berezin, Alexander López Guerra

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Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell
06 Feb
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Stuart King

Review: JEFFREY BERNARD IS UNWELL at The Coach and Horses, Greek Street

Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell More than 30 years have elapsed since this reviewer last witnessed a production of JEFFREY BERNARD IS UNWELL. On that occasion, Peter O’Toole played the eponymous Soho hack with a propensity for drunkenness and scandalous behaviour. So, how has this bizarrely incongruous beast, weathered the intervening decades? Read on…

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Sinéad Matthews (Sylvia), Lisa McGrillis (Maggie), Philip Whitchurch (Uncle Pete), Lorraine Ashbourne (Aunty Carol) and Lucy Black (Hazel) in Till the Stars Come Down at the National Theatre (c) Manuel H
05 Feb
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Stuart King

Review: TILL THE STARS COME DOWN at National Theatre, Dorfman

In a post-industrial East Midlands town where the largest employer was once the coal mines but is now a warehouse, three sisters prepare for the wedding of one of their number to a Polish immigrant. The scene is primed to unveil a gamut of familiar tropes — class disenchantment, resentment of immigrants, decades-old family feuds and of course the appalling spectacle of drunken wedding dancing en masse. But Beth Steel's caustic family drama also has some unexpected skeletons in its closet, and the excellent cast seem hell-bent on freeing them.

Sinéad Matthews (Sylvia), Lisa McGrillis (Maggie), Philip Whitchurch (Uncle Pete), Lorraine Ashbourne (Aunty Carol) and Lucy Black (Hazel) in Till the Stars Come Down at the National Theatre (c) Manuel HSinéad Matthews (Sylvia), Lisa McGrillis (Maggie), Philip Whitchurch (Uncle Pete), Lorraine Ashbourne (Aunty Carol) and Lucy Black (Hazel) in Till the Stars Come Down at the National Theatre. Photo (c) Manuel Harlan

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Cruel Intentions - Pamela Raith Photography
22 Jan
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Stuart King

Review: CRUEL INTENTIONS at The Other Palace

A pair of cynical step-siblings (arrogant jock and bitchy beauty) exude a barely suppressed sexual tension leading to unsavoury competitiveness. The result is a bet between the two which essentially determines which of them has the greatest capacity to deceive and manipulate. When it comes to victims, the many naive and unworldly attendees of the affluent school they attend, provide rich pickings.

Cruel Intentions - Pamela Raith PhotographyCruel Intentions - Pamela Raith Photography

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Rehab the Musical
18 Jan
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Stuart King

Review: REHAB THE MUSICAL at Neon 194

It’s the late 1990s and an arrogant pop bad boy is caught snorting by the paparazzi and gets lippy with the judge, earning himself 60 days at a rehab facility. It’ll be a doddle, right? But will the young upstart be learning life lessons from his mixed band of fellow recovering addicts, or the other way around?

Rehab the MusicalThe company, Rehab the Musical. Photo by Mark Senior

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