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Steps Back in Time review – the magic of young Kenneth MacMillan

Barbican Pit, LondonA programme of MacMillan’s early works by his former ballerina Viviana Durante is brimming with tricksIn the early 1950s, Kenneth MacMillan saw little in the world of ballet that was a true reflection of himself. Scottish and working

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A Clockwork Orange review – a chilling, ultraviolent cabaret

Everyman, LiverpoolPeppered with the novelist’s own songs, this musical makeover of Anthony Burgess’s classic finds plenty of contemporary resonancesA Clockwork Orange was the story Anthony Burgess couldn’t stay away from. Although reportedly writte

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Tremor review – two exes face up to their failed relationship

Sherman theatre, Cardiff Engaging and politically astute, Brad Birch’s play about partners revisiting their past packs a punchTremor rests on a premise that audiences likely will have seen before: an ex-couple dissecting their past as emotions run high.

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Iliza Shlesinger review – dating, mating and crass Mars/Venus cliches

Queen Elizabeth Hall, LondonThe US comic has charisma and craft but reinforces gender stereotypes with cartoonish vigour in a set that falls flatIliza Shlesinger raised hackles last summer when she criticised other female comics for their “low-hanging f

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Some enchanted evenings: my part in Welwyn Garden City's am-dram dynasty

From kitchen-table cast lists to singalong rehearsals in the car, Hannah Maxwell grew up immersed in the family passion for amateur theatre. Now she’s putting on a show about it“How do you measure a year in the life?” asks the closing number of Jona

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David Copperfield: lawsuit reveals disappearing act trick

British man claims he suffered brain injury when he fell while participating in Las Vegas showJurors got a rare behind-the-scenes look at a David Copperfield disappearing act during testimony in a negligence lawsuit involving a British man who claims he w

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Tina review – whirlwind Turner tribute leaves you breathless

Aldwych theatre, LondonPhyllida Lloyd’s musical is a heady celebration of triumph over adversity, with an astonishing turn by Adrienne WarrenThis terrific show is billed as the “untold” story of Tina Turner. Given that there has already been a bests

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David Morrissey webchat – post your questions now

The Walking Dead and State of Play star will answer your questions in a Guardian webchat at 1.15pm GMT on Friday 20 April 11.46am BST Stage, small screen and big screen: over the course of his career, David Morrissey has done them all and made himself one

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Instructions for Correct Assembly, Royal Court, London, review: Astute dystopian satire

Hamish Pirie directs Thomas Eccleshare's play with flair, but there's a lack of human warmth to proceedings

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Stephen Doncaster obituary

Stephen Doncaster, who has died aged 98, was part of the generation who changed the course of British theatre in the 1950s. He established one of the UK’s leading courses in design for the theatre before working at the Royal Exchange in Manchester.Steph

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Tell Me the Truth About Love review – Streetwise Opera's wedding party packs a punch

Sage, GatesheadWith songs ranging from Stevie Wonder to Benjamin Britten to Jimmy Nail, homeless charity Streetwise’s amateur singers have created a powerful and inspiring show The room is covered in confetti. There’s a huge wedding cake. Royal Northe

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Palmyra, Eurohouse, Battersea Arts Centre, London, review: A smashing double-bill that will haunt you

Bertrand Lesca and Nasi Voutsas bring their beguiling, unsettling brand of absurdism – a hit at the Edinburgh festival – to London

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Mo Gilligan review – newfound star flexes his character-comedy chops

Leicester Square theatre, LondonThe south Londoner’s hit character sketches transfer smoothly from social media to the comedy club in this crowd-pleasing showIt’s been a big year for south London comic Mo Gilligan. Twelve months ago, he was selling je

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Comic delivery: Josie Long and Jonny Donahoe on having a baby

Just a month before their first child is due, the standup couple are doing a show together – seeking the audience’s parenting tips“It’s mad,” says Josie Long, “but it feels like the right thing to do.” Braving the blustery weather at a pavem

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Hard Times review – Dickens goes to the circus

New Vic, Newcastle-under-LymeDeborah McAndrew puts an intelligent new slant on a classic novel as Northern Broadsides add extra oom-pahCharles Dickens’s 1854 novel of life in a northern English mill town opens in the schoolroom where Gradgrind instructs

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Manon review – touching greatness, three times over

Royal Opera House, London As vixen, coquette and victim, the Royal Ballet’s Francesca Hayward, Natalia Osipova and Marianela Nuñez all touch greatness in the coveted role of Kenneth MacMillan’s tragic heroineIn the opening scene of Kenneth MacMillan

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Tiff Stevenson: 'I looked like a giant tampon'

The standup and actor spills the beans on the things that make her laugh the most, from Wanda Sykes to magic mushroomsWhite People Are Looking – Wanda Sykes’s bit on being black after Obama got in – is pretty transcendental. Continue reading...

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Voices of America review – ENB have a riot with Forsythe's club mashup

Sadler’s Wells, LondonWilliam Forsythe’s new work blends classical steps and disco bounce to a smooth poppy beat – and the dancers are clearly enjoying themselvesWilliam Forsythe’s new work for English National Ballet was to be the headline event

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Play about silenced 1920s gay poet rivets Moscow theatre audiences

Play tells story of poet Mikhail Kuzmin who disappeared into official obscurity during Soviet era A play about a largely forgotten gay poet from 1920s Russia has emerged as the dark horse in this year’s Golden Mask awards, the Oscars of the Russian thea

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The Moderate Soprano review – David Hare's Glyndebourne play hits the high notes

Duke of Yorks, LondonThis is a rich, funny, touching play about the opera house and the extraordinary marriage of its co-founders, John Christie and Audrey MildmayIt has taken two and a half years for David Hare’s play about the foundation of Glyndebour

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Jo Beddoe obituary

Jo Beddoe, who has died aged 73, was an unsung heroine of British regional theatre who was responsible for the rescue in the 1980s of the 7:84 theatre company in Scotland and in the early 2000s of the Everyman and Playhouse theatres in Liverpool.Having be

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Tom Allen review – quick-witted master of the nonstop rant

Soho theatre, LondonAllen’s amiable routines about gay and working-class stereotyping foreground his abundant skills as a raconteurIf Tom Allen weren’t already hosting a primetime Saturday night TV show, you’d have to invent one for him. Thirteen ye

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Kazuo Ishiguro's The Remains of the Day to be adapted for the stage

Playwright Barney Norris will collaborate with the Booker prize-winning author on a production opening in Northampton in 2019Twenty-five years after it was made into an Oscar-nominated film, Kazuo Ishiguro’s Booker prize-winning novel The Remains of the

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Chicago review – Cuba Gooding Jr stars but hit has lost razzle-dazzle

Phoenix theatre, LondonKander and Ebb’s show about crime and celebrity is faithfully recreated but is beginning to resemble an animated corpseIf this Kander and Ebb musical feels as if it has been with us for ever, that is because it has. It premiered i

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Reared review – secrets and surprises in skittish family comedy

Theatre 503, LondonJohn Fitzpatrick’s play about a family with a wonky moral compass swings between all-out farce and truth-telling dramaIt is possible to really enjoy a play without ever quite believing in it. That is the case with John Fitzpatrick’s

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Shakespeare's Globe casts its own artistic director as Hamlet

Michelle Terry in lead male role, as theatre pursues her pledge for democratic, gender-blind castingThe first experiment in democratic casting by Shakespeare’s Globe has led to its artistic director, Michelle Terry, taking the role of Hamlet and, in As

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