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You write the reviews: Piaf, Donmar Warehouse, London

Before sex and drugs were co-opted by rock'n'roll, they belonged to Edith Piaf. A diminutive woman whose looks were far from stunning, Piaf rose from singing on the street to become the highest-paid performer in the world, while engaging in countless affairs and, later, developing a morphine addiction. In this new production of Pam Gems's 1978 play-with-music, the Donmar has struck gold.

Preview: Piaf, Donmar Warehouse, London

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When the Good Fairy hovered over the cot of Peter Gill, she must have been in a generous mood. Not only is he one of our finest directors, but he's also a gifted dramatist. Both talents are in evidence in this excellent Donmar revival of his 1976 play Small Change. In the Sixties, Gill was responsible for revelatory productions of the plays of D H Lawrence at the Royal Court. Lawrence's influence can be felt in Small Change in which (drawing on Gill's own background) two working-class Cardiff boys struggle to extricate themselves from the apron strings of their domineering mothers – the nervously wrecked Mrs Driscoll (Lindsey Coulson) and Sue Johnston's doughtier and stoically solicitous Mrs Harte.

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'Teachers need to be creative, and not constantly having to hit targets'

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The girl, the garage and the mink-breeding isn't enough to leaven this lucky man's lot

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Othello, Donmar Warehouse, London<br/>Ikrisma Kherol/ Impempe Yomlingo, Young Vic, London<br/>God in Ruins, Soho, London

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Not shock and awe, but overkill

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