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A scene from Shakespeare in Love at the Noel Coward Theatre

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Andrew Pollard as Phileas Fogg, Michael Hugo as Passepartout & Rebecca Grant as Kamana Aouda in 'Around the World in 80 Days'

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School’s out and in celebration the Royal Exchange is offering an exhilarating version of Around the World in Eighty Days which is as near to a sophisticated summer panto as could be imagined.

Carlos Acosta and Pieter Symonds in Cubania

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Rupert Everett as Salieri, back, and Joshua McGuire as Mozart in Jonathan Church’s production of ‘Amadeus’

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Everett revels in a thrilling symphony of revenge

A scene from The Importance Of Being Earnest at the Harold Pinter Theatre

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We've had a Romeo and Juliet set in a care home with the focus on a pair of star-crossed senior citizens.  We've had a Midsummer Night's Dream in which Judi Dench's ageing Elizabeth I got to moonlight, on a royal whim, as the passionate Queen of the Fairies.  And we've had Much Ado About Nothing re-purposed as a vehicle for Vanessa Redgrave and James Earl Jones, though over this last venture we will have to draw a tactful veil. 

Dracula at Theatre by the Lake

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A rich, complex and intelligent reading of Bram Stoker's classic

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Invincible, St James Theatre, review: A fresh and punchy production

Alan Ackybourn-inspired play charts middle class refugees of the recession

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Recent revivals have relocated the tragedy in a modern African state and as a play-within-a-play performed in a women’s prison

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Intimate Apparel, Park Theatre, review: Superbly acted production is a serious delight

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Martin Freeman and Lauren O'Neil in Jamie Lloyd's Richard III

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