THEATRE REVIEW: Translations starring Colin Morgan & Ciaran Hinds

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

WHERE: National Theatre (Olivier)

WHEN: 26/5, press night 30/5, runs to 11/8/18

RUN TIME: 2 hours 35 minutes (including interval)

Brian Friel’s 1980 masterpiece Translations is set in Ireland in 1833 and is about the power of language as the English seek to map the country so they can better tax its people.

  • Read on for reasons including why this is the best play we’ve seen at the National in a long time

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THEATRE REVIEW: The Rink starring Caroline O’Connor & Gemma Sutton at Southwark Playhouse

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHERE: Southwark Playhouse

WHEN: 25/5/18, press night 29/5, runs to 23/6/18

RUN TIME: 2 hours and 20 minutes (with interval)

Liza Minnelli and Chita Rivera starred in the original Broadway production of this Kander and Ebb (Chicago and Cabaret) musical and we wonder whether they had as much fun with it as Caroline O’Connor and Gemma Sutton do here.

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THEATRE REVIEW: 3Women starring Anita Dobson, Debbie Chazen & Maisie Richardson-Sellers

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHERE: Trafalgar Studios 2

WHEN: 17/5 (matinee), press night 17/5, runs to 9/6/18

A grandmother, a mother and her daughter meet in a hotel suite the night before one of them is to be married for an evening of alcohol and home truths.

  • Read on for reasons including why 3Women is the sort of comedy we’d love to see more of

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THEATRE REVIEW: The Grönholm Method starring Laura Pitt-Pulford and John Gordon Sinclair

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHERE: Menier Chocolate Factory

WHEN: 14/5/18, press night 22/5, runs to 7/7/18

Four job applicants arrive for an interview for a top management position in a big company and find the selection procedure will be an unconventional series of mind games.

  • Read on for reasons including where you might recognise Gordon Sinclair from

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THEATRE REVIEW: Red starring Alfred Molina and Alfred Enoch

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHERE: Wyndhams Theatre

WHEN: 5/5, press night 15/5, runs to 28/7/18

There’s a sense of unfinished business about this production which opened at the Donmar in 2009, transferred to Broadway where it won six Tonys but never made it to the West End.

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THEATRE REVIEW: Mood Music starring Ben Chaplin and Seána Kerslake at the Old Vic

WORTH A LOOK?: **

WHERE: Old Vic

WHEN: 30/4, press night 1/5 runs to 16/6/18

We groaned when Rhys Ifans was cast in the lead here because he had been so unexpectedly right as Scrooge in this venue’s production of A Christmas Carol that we weren’t sure we wanted to see him quite so soon in something else.

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THEATRE REVIEW: Finding My Voice starring Kathleen Turner at The Other Palace

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHERE: Other Palace

WHEN: 21/4 runs to 6/5/18

‘I was nude on Broadway at 48,’ remembers this screen legend during a two-hour-plus show of songs and stories which reveal what an interesting character Kathleen Turner is

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THEATRE REVIEW: Instructions For Correct Assembly starring Jane Horrocks, Mark Bonnar & Brian Vernel

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHERE: Royal Court Theatre

WHEN: 9/4, press night 13/4 runs to 19/5/18

Hari and Max are mourning the loss of their son but have found a novel coping mechanism, they are going to build a flat-pack replacement of him.

  • Read on for reasons including how illusions are used to great effect here

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