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: Terror (Lyric Hammersmith)

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SheSeesStars: ★★★★☆

With searingly topical timing, summer 2017 sees the Lyric Hammersmith presenting the UK premiere of Terror, a tense courtroom drama by German lawyer and writer Ferdinand von Schirach which has become something of a worldwide hit. The premise is simple enough: a trial is undertaken on stage and the whole audience is the jury, voting after all the evidence has been presented.

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Review: X (Royal Court)

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SheSeesStars: X X X O O

I’m not generally into sci-fi, but I do like to dip my toe into space now and then. My interest has been bolstered in recent months and years by things like the occasional series of Stargazing Live on BBC2 (no, I don’t fancy Professor Brian Cox) and the fact the UK currently has an actual real-life astronaut on the International Space Station in the form of the super-cool Tim Peake. This all meant that Alistair McDowall’s new play X, set on a research base on Pluto,  was intriguing enough to me to make it worth a visit.

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Review: Trainspotting (King’s Head Theatre)

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SheSeesStars: ★★★★☆

I wanted to get tickets for this show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival last August, but was too slow off the mark (it sold out). I’d also missed it during a run at the King’s Head last year, so I was happy to hear it was returning to the Islington venue. Whilst I was under no illusion this would be a ‘pleasant’ night at the theatre, I was sure it would be an experience…

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