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Hamlet: ‘the acting of the six-strong cast is exemplary’

I haven’t seen a full production of Hamlet since I was at school, so I thought I’d approach director Kelly Hunter’s much-acclaimed production as if it was a piece of new writing and see if it had any resonance in the 21st century. As the audience enters the auditorium, like many plays these days there’s…

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Review of 139 Copeland Road – an “Immersive Horror Show”

On the night of the biggest full moon since 1948, something was stirring in deepest, darkest (well maybe not so dark that night) Peckham that chilled you right down to the marrow and made the hairs on your neck vibrate and tremble! The evening actually started in 137 Copeland Road. We were shown into the…

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Review of Lazarus Theatre’s The Beggar’s Opera

One of the first things the narrator says as the play starts is: “We’ve kept some things and changed some things and modernised the plot” and that’s exactly why this production of John Gay’s 1728 ballad opera The Beggar’s Opera fails to deliver. The director of the play, Ricky Dukes has also adapted it and…

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The House Of Usher at The Hope Theatre – Review

The evening started so well. As the audience entered the fifty seater auditorium, eerie music was playing, the walls were painted black and the three actors sat very still in three corners of the room – the stage was literally set for The House Of Usher – “The new gothic musical thriller”– spine tingling stuff! However, it was…