Review: Di and Viv and Rose

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The three stars beautifully convey their characters’ quirks, individuality and hurts with an open-hearted generosity and rapport that makes it entirely captivating.

Review: The Ruling Class

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There’s no doubting the boldness of this bonkers play about a special kind of madness, and its alternately outrageous and courageous view of a titled – and heavily entitled – family’s feud, and the extremes that they are driven to.

Review: The Hard Problem

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Stoppard, now 77, is still spinning the plates of philosophical enquiry and discourse in the world premiere of his latest play, but it presents hard dramatic, as well as intellectual, problems that director Nicholas Hytner’s sparse and elegantly inhabited production can’t fully solve.

Review: Taken at Midnight

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Jonathan Church’s production, which originated at Chichester’s Minerva Theatre late last year, is a handsome, thoughtful addition to the West End roster. It may sometimes be gruelling to watch, but it is never less than absorbing.

Review: Wicked

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An autumn rich in musicals in the West End may yet bring better ones, but it’ll be difficult to find a more eye-poppingly lavish show anywhere than Wicked. And a musical about the castings of spells seems to have duly cast its own and hypnotises audience who have embraced it as not so much a musical as an event.

Review: War Horse

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Straight after coming home from seeing War Horse, the now annual National Theatre production based on a children’s book and designed for family audiences, I went online to book tickets to see it again, this time with my partner, parents and older brother (who is a vet and has specialised in working with horses). So should you, before it sells out completely – and it will.

Review: Thriller Live

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Thriller Live

All the hits are here — Man in the Mirror, Billie Jean, Bad, Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough, Can You Feel It etc — and more (yes, Heal the World is in there, too).

Review: Sunny Afternoon

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Edward Hall’s production has more room to breathe on the West End stage, with the action spilling happily beyond it into the stalls via a ramp that bisects the front rows. There is also some cabaret seating at the front and back of the stalls to add to the atmosphere.