Saturday 27th February

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Doctor Faustus – Jon Snow sells his soul for fame!

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Game of Thrones star Kit Harington plays the title role in a new version of Doctor Faustus at The Duke of York’s Theatre until June 2016.  The classic play (written by Christopher Marlowe 400 years ago), in which the lead famously sells his soul to the devil, has been given a contemporary twist by the excellent Jamie Lloyd, fresh off the back of his recent success with The Maids and The Homecoming.  

What’s On London’s Shannon Rawlins attended the show’s preview to find out if Harington – who plays Jon Snow in the epic HBO series – could deliver a performance worthy of an opening night’s watch.

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Category: Theatre
The Ruling Class. The Trafalgar Studios.
The Ruling Class. The Trafalgar Studios.

The Ruling Class: James McAvoy is simply mesmerising in Jamie Lloyd’s intoxicating revival

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Jamie Lloyd’s adaptation of Peter Barnes revolutionary assault on the upper class is an ingenious production that just keeps on giving. Given that it stars Scottish and Hollywood heart-throb James McAvoy it seems that Barnes’s story is in safe hands. And boy did McAvoy give the performance of his career. This revival of an old classic is as much mesmerising as it is astonishing, it’s funny and playful, but above all The Ruling Class is a triumph, in every sense of the word.

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Category: Theatre
The Commitments at the Palace Theatre
The Commitments at the Palace Theatre

The Commitments: A soulful masterpiece

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Roddy Doyle’s story of the rise and fall of a young soulful Dublin band began life as a novel in 1987, was subsequently turned into a film in 1991 by Alan Parker, and has now been transformed into a smash-hit stage show. The Commitments is more than just a story of a bunch of Irish youngsters forming a band, it was a portrait of a time that music has since forgotten. The Commitments earthy, yet soulful indie sounds and sexual innuendos, brings chaotic 1980s Dublin to the heart of London, in a charming and exhilarating manner. Jamie Lloyd’s production is gritty, raucous and full of soul; The Commitments (a tribute to their working class ethics and roots) brought the Palace theatre roof down with their mesmerising musical performance.

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The Pride
Naomi Sheldon and Harry Hadden-Paton

The Pride @ Richmond Theatre

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Showing until February 1, 2014 // Jamie Lloyd Productions

A middle-class 1950s wife invites a children’s author to dinner. It sparks a chain of events that, as the play plays-out, seem inevitable. We wait for what may emerge from the distressed and gilt-edged (or guilt-edged) mirror; the larger-than-life looking-glass so effective you wonder if it’s written into the script. The plummily poetic language of said author Oliver is splendidly delivered by Al Weaver, interspersed with genuinely witty dialogue that proves a hallmark of playwright Alexi Kaye Campbell. Swinging from deep pathos to high humour no small achievement when, quips aside, Oliver’s speech is stilling.

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Category: Theatre