THEATRE REVIEW: Pinter Four, Pinter At The Pinter, at the Harold Pinter Theatre

WORTH A LOOK?: ***

WHERE? Harold Pinter Theatre RUN TIME: 2 hours and 40 minutes (including a 30-minute interval)

WHEN?: 9/11, runs to 8/12/18

We’re halfway through the Pinter At The Pinter season in the West End and there’s a real gem of 1 of his less well-known 1-act plays after the interval here.

  • Read on for reasons including how Follies star Janie Dee transforms herself (see below) in Les Dawson fashion

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BROADWAY: THEATRE REVIEW: The Lifespan Of A Fact starring Daniel Radcliffe, Cherry Jones & Bobby Cannavale at Studio 54

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHERE? Studio 54 RUN TIME: 85 minutes (no interval)

WHEN?: 4/11, runs to 13/1/19

‘Fake news’ is a term that is rarely out of the headlines and here we have a new American play that investigates a true story about a fact checker who challenges a writer.

  • Read on for reasons including how convincing Harry Potter star Radcliffe’s American accent is

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BROADWAY: THEATRE REVIEW: Dear Evan Hansen at the Music Box Theatre

WORTH A LOOK?: ****1/2

WHERE? Music Box Theatre RUN TIME: 2 hours 40 minutes (including a 20-minute interval)

WHEN?: 2/11, booking to 13/7/19

Last year songwriting duo Benj Pasek and Justin Paul won the Golden Globe and Oscar for Best Original Song for City Of Stars from La La Land.

  • Read on for reasons including why this will be a smash West End hit when it bursts into London

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BROADWAY: THEATRE REVIEW: Torch Song starring Michael Urie at the Hayes Theater

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

WHERE? Hayes Theater RUN TIME: 3 hours (including a 20-minute interval)

WHEN?: 3/11 (matinee), runs to 24/2/19

Harvey Fierstein is probably best known now for writing the book for Cyndi Lauper’s hit musical Kinky Boots but in the 70s he penned something truly groundbreaking and ahead of its time which is revisited brilliantly here.

  • Read on for reasons including how brilliantly #TheTorchIsLit and how it deserves to burn brightly in London

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OFF BROADWAY: THEATRE REVIEW: Mother of the Maid starring Glenn Close at the Public Theater

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHERE? Anspacher Theater, Public Theater, off Broadway RUN TIME: 2 hours 10 minutes (with 15-minute interval)

WHEN?: 2/11, runs to 23/12/18

The screenplay of Glenn Close’s current film The Wife was written by Jane Anderson, author of Mother Of The Maid, and the picture stars the actress’s real-life daughter Annie Starke.

  • Read on for reasons including how we found our 1st (Off) Broadway experience

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THEATRE REVIEW: Macbeth starring Christopher Eccleston and Niamh Cusack at the Barbican

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHERE? Barbican RUN TIME: 2 hours and 33 minutes (including 20-minute interval)

WHEN?: 27/10, runs to 17/11/18

The most striking thing about this modern-day re-imagining of 1 of Shakespeare’s most iconic plays is how the 3 witches become 3 identically-dressed schoolgirls.

  • Read on for reasons including how Doctor Who fans should relish Eccleston’s performance

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THEATRE REVIEW: The Wild Duck at the Almeida

WORTH A LOOK?: ****1/2

WHERE? Almeida Theatre RUN TIME: 2 hours and 35 minutes (including a 20 minute interval)

WHEN?: 25/10, runs to 17/11/18

Andrew Scott won our Best Theatre Actor monsta last year for his titular role in Robert Icke’s re-imagining of Hamlet which transferred into the West End from the Almeida.

  • Read on for reasons including how Icke consistently brings fresh eyes to classic work and re-imagines it memorably

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FILM REVIEW: Bohemian Rhapsody starring Rami Malek

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

RUN TIME: 2 hours and 14 minutes

WHEN?: released 24/10/18 (UK)

A great deal has been written about the torturous history of this Freddie Mercury biopic but none of the stories are in any way as interesting as what has majestically made its way to the cinema screen.

  • Read on for reasons including how Mike Myers has the perfect cameo as a Bo Rhap-hating record exec

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THEATRE REVIEW: I And You starring Maisie Williams and Zach Wyatt at Hampstead Theatre

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

WHERE?: Hampstead Theatre RUNTIME: 85 minutes (no interval)

WHEN?: 22/10, press night 25/10, runs until 24/11/18

There are 2 areas of the programme that include the words: ‘This sealed section contains a spoiler: Please ask a member of staff to open it for you after the play’ and we wouldn’t dream of divulging the twist at the end that throws everything the audience has just seen on its head.

  • Read on for reasons including more about the author, the most produced playwright in America in 2017

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THEATRE REVIEW: The Distance You Have Come starring Dean-John Wilson at the Cockpit Theatre

WORTH A LOOK?: ***

WHERE? Cockpit Theatre RUN TIME: 1 hour and 45 minutes (including 15 minute interval)

WHEN?: 21/10 (matinee) runs to 28/10/18

We last saw Dean John-Wilson (pictured above far right) as the lead in Aladdin in the Prince Edward Theatre in the West End.

  • Read on for reasons including how this outstanding cast perform the socks off this material

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