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GET RREEL

NETWORK THEATRE


As I ventured deep under Waterloo station to the Intriguing Networking Theatre, part of The Vaults Festival I had no idea what to expect from GET RREEL



THIRSTY

THE VAULTS

 

The quote “namaste, bitches” encapsulates Thirsty! for me. In a cold, slightly dusty underground theatre in Waterloo - the Vaults - we as an audience were warme…

 

 

SPLIT ENDS

THE COCKPIT THEATRE

 

Sometimes a piece of theatre can aim too high, extending its hands out far beyond its actual reach, trying for something admirably complex but ultimately unattainable.

 

 

TRIOPERAS

THE PEACOCK THEATRE

 

Did you ever want to watch 3 incredibly complex operas slimmed down into 35-minute slots? Simplified beyond all rhyme and reason? No? Well neither did I! Pamela...

 

 

THE TOWN HALL AFFAIR

THE BARBICAN

 

And I quote “The future is just assholes talking to assholes”, and isn't that the truth? The Wooster Group’s production of The Town Hall Affair delves into the ...

 

 

GETTING OVER EVEREST

TRISTAN BATES THEATRE 

 

A tale spanning the sheer destructive power of a bad break up, Getting over Everest is a nippy production that is as foul-mouthed and frank as it is funny. Howe...

 

 

SWAN LAKE

LONDON COLISEUM

 

Can Swan Lake ever disappoint? Is the famous love story ever able to fall flat on its….beak? When something becomes such a classic does it begin to feel clichéd...

 

 

FABRIC

SOHO THEATRE

 

A life dreamed of, yet built using sand that can be easily crumbled into the sea. With Fabric, we have an insight into a story far too familiar and a fate far t...

 

 

SOD'S LAW

THE PLEASANCE THEATRE

 

A romp through the Regency and a tryst with the Tudors; revelling in the salacious, unseen and tumultuous lives of the queer folk of the past and present has ne...

SEUSSICAL THE MUSICAL

SOUTHWARK THEATRE


Whimsical, nonsensical, and sadly lacking heart, Seussical the Musical aims to blend many of Dr. Seuss’s characters.



DIETRICH: NATURAL DUTY

WILTON’S MUSIC HALL


Telling the lesser-known tale of German movie star Marlene Dietrich, this cool production is both heartwarming and side-splitting.



THE GARDEN

TRISTAN BATES THEATRE

 

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be stranded in a garden with someone you find vaguely irritating while only surviving on a diet of onions and te...

 

 

 

CHESS

THE LONDON COLISEUM

 

So, you thought the 80s were all power ballads and big hair? Well…. you were partly right, but Chess proves that along with the shoulder pads and chiffon, there…

 

 

 

THE TWO NOBLE KINGSMEN

THE GLOBE THEATRE

 

William Shakespeare’s little known and last project (in collaboration with John Fletcher) has been rather forgotten by the theatre-going public, debated by acad...

 

 

 

ISADORA, I DANCE WHAT I AM

KINGS HEAD THEATRE

 

“Love and art, can they ever exist together?” and what a question! So on a very warm Sunday we sit down to answer it (apparently), and to delve into the life of...

 

 

 

COELACANTH

THE COCKPIT THEATRE

 

Humour at its darkest and writing at its best, Callum O’Brian's play Coelacanth drags us to the lowest point of humanity's fears but somehow makes us laugh abou...

 

 

 

CATERPILLAR

THEATRE 503

 

Memories of sticks of rock and walks along the pier are quickly smashed as Caterpillar puts its well-written fist through all of our fond seaside memories. This...

 

 

 

THE PRISONER

THE NATIONAL THEATRE

 

“I am here to repair”, calls out our lead, surrounded by the sun-drenched desert. His story is entrapped by its own ideas, aesthetically interesting, but themat...

 

 

 

COLIN DUNNE

THE BARBICAN

 

Traditional Irish dancing; the springing, the fiddling, the stiff upper bodies, and stony faces. As someone who knows very little about this cultural phenomenon...

 

 

 

HADESTOWN

THE NATIONAL THEATRE


Imagine if Urinetown and Little Shop of Horrors had a baby while the sounds of Nashville and New Orleans blared into the night, well that’s Hadestown!



COWPUNCHER

SOUTHBANK CENTRE

 

Can a show that blends the different skills of a famous choreographer, composer and fashion designer work? In this production, the crème de la crème of their re…

 

 

 

 

A SOCKFUL OF CUSTARD

THE PLEASANCE

 

An explosion of silliness in a world that has become too cynical, A Sockful of Custard is a celebration of the influential post-war comedian the late Spike Mill...

 

 

 

 

BINGO

THE PLEASANCE

 

“…Like a big gay lion called Lesley”, this sentence from Bingo has stayed with me long after seeing the show, rattling around in my mind and causing me to giggl...

 

 

 

 

A WOMB OF ONES OWN

KINGS HEAD THEATRE

 

Sex is a tricky subject universally, over-saturating almost every walk of life, discussed and pursued to the ends of the earth; it can be a minefield for a thea...

 

 

 

 

BACKBONE

THE SOUTHBANK CENTRE

 

The circus, but not as you know it! Gravity & Other Myths truly live up to their name; following up on their hit show A Simple Space, they bring Backbone to...

 

 

 

 

HEATHERS

THE THEATRE ROYAL HAYMARKET

 

Lip gloss and murder, a deadly concoction. One that Heathers brews up with camp, infections and gleeful enjoyment. The adaptation of the cult classic ‘80s film ...

 

 

 

 

POINT OF ECHOES

THE PLACE

 

Moving sheets billow, and the waves begin to look as although they are dancing as we stare out to sea. So the stage is set for this nautical themed dance piece ...

 

 

 

 

CUCKOO

THE SOHO THEATRE

 

Ambitious, infectious, yet seemingly never-ending, Cuckoo is a boiling pot of talent and potential that would have to be subject to a considerable sizing-down b...

 

 

 

 

THE WILD DUCK

ALMEIDA THEATRE


Henrik Ibsen‘s classic play The Wild Duck is reinvented for a modern time, and with a modern style.



RASHEEDA SPEAKING

TRAFALGAR STUDIOS

 

The world of office politics can sometimes be a petty microcosm of the worst side of human nature. As someone who has worked in an office, I am familiar with th...

 

 

STROKE ODYSSEYS

THE PLACE

 

Theatre is at its best when it has a link to reality. Instead of existing in a world of smoke and mirrors, theatre can be a force for great change and therapy, ...

 

 

ELIXIR

THE UDDERBELLY FESTIVAL

 

What are the most basic of needs when it comes to the pure, rocking in your chair, silly, beaming grin kind of entertainment? I would say comedy, a touch of sex..

 

 

A MONSTER CALLS

THE OLD VIC

 

A story of complex morality and the battle within us all to find the strength to carry on in the face of life’s cruelty, A Monster Calls should be a heartfelt s...

 

 

FREAK

CECIL SHARP HOUSE

 

A bed very similar to Tracey Emin’s famous squalid art show greets us as we crowd into the basement theatre at the Cecil Sharp house to watch Freak by The Herd....

 

 

COMING CLEAN

TRAFALGAR STUDIOS

 

“Have an éclair dear, calm yourself down,” and boy do we need calming down! With a wit, pace and intensity that almost sweeps us off our feet, the audience at ...

 

 

PACK OF LIES

MENIER CHOCOLATE FACTORY

 

Doilies and deception, surveillance in the 60’s, and more cups of tea than the Great British Bake Off. Pack of Lies is a moving play based on a true story, focu...

 

 

UNCLE VANYA

HAMPSTEAD THEATRE

 

Why do we watch the same plays over and over again? Is it a testament to the innate genius of the writers? Because they cover issues constantly facing humanity?...

 

 

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