Review: The Lady from the Sea (Donmar Warehouse)

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SheSeesStars: ★★★★☆

Ibsen’s The Lady from the Sea has surfaced onto the Donmar stage in an adaptation by Elinor Cook and directed by soon-to-be Young Vic Artistic Director Kwame Kwei-Armah.

The eponymous Lady is Ellida, daughter of a lighthouse-keeper, second wife to dependable but dull Dr. Wangel, and step-mother to his daughters Bolette and Hilde. Ellida is tormented both by the loss of their infant son and by the memory of a sailor she met in her teens, and made a pact with to marry when he returned.

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Review: The Lie (Menier Chocolate Factory)

The LieSheSeesStars: ★★★☆☆

Following their production of The Truth, also by Florian Zeller, the Menier Chocolate Factory, director Lindsay Posner and translator Christopher Hampton have teamed up again for the English language world premiere of The Lie.

Two middle-aged couples are living a chic upper-middle-class lifestyle in Paris, but with secrets buried just below the apparently idyllic surface.

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Review: The Majority (National Theatre)

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SheSeesStars: ★★★★☆

If you’ve ever wondered whether the typical National Theatre audience is mainly comprised of liberal white Remain voters, wonder no more. The first few minutes of the press night for The Majority emphatically confirmed this to be the case. That tangential bombshell aside, The Majority is less clichéd than its National press night crowd. Rob Drummond’s new show is less a play and more a piece of storytelling with added participatory morality.

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Review: Gangsta Granny (Garrick Theatre)

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SheSeesStars: ★★★★☆

Gangsta Granny, Birmingham Stage Company’s production of David Walliams’ bestselling children’s book, has arrived in the West End. Suitable for kids aged 5 and over, the show is a perfect antidote to cries of ‘Grannies are boring!’.

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Review: Brexodus! The Musical (The Other Palace, Studio)

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SheSeesStars: ★★☆☆☆

You’d have to have been living under a rock for the past couple of years to have missed Brexit. It was inevitable that it would eventually lead to productions such as Brexodus! The Musical. Although clearly one of the most serious political issues of our time, Lord knows there’s plenty of scope for humour and satire about Brexit…

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Review: iAm 4.0 (Playground Theatre)

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Based barely a mile from Grenfell Tower, scene of the devastating fire on 14 June, the award-winning charity SPID Theatre held a benefit event on 9 July including a performance of their latest show iAm 4.0. Specialised in immersive and participatory community theatre, with this show SPID have developed a thought-provoking hour in which the audience take a certain amount of control. Continue reading