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Written for Everything Theatre

2015 has barely begun, but we only need to look at the London stages to know that it’s an election year. There’s plenty of exciting stuff lined up later this year, like James Graham and Josie Rourke’s live TV event The Vote at the Donmar Warehouse. Just closed at the Royal Court last week, Hope is a play about the pragmatism versus idealism dilemma for Labour party members under a Tory government. And now we have Upper Cut at Southwark Playhouse, which is about, erm, the pragmatism versus idealism dilemma for Labour party members under a Tory government.

Written for Everything Theatre

You have to hand it to whoever thought it up: it’s a stroke of marketing genius to sell Shakespeare through the connection with the popular HBO series Game of Thrones. HVI: Play of Thrones is an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Henry VI plays, of which those familiar with the Bard’s work will know, there are three. Packing a day’s worth of theatre into one two and a half hour show is an ambitious venture at least. If anyone could do it though, I was convinced it would be director and adaptation genius Phil Willmott. He is, after all, the one who gave us a brilliant version of Wagner’s Ring Cycle, a grand total of four operas squeezed into a single evening, this summer at More London. As it turns out, I was mistaken.

Written for Everything Theatre

Despite my yearly tradition of watching Love Actually, my love for Home Alone 2: Lost in New York and how much I look forward to the Doctor Who special, there can only be two stories that really sum up Christmas. One is It’s a Wonderful Life and the other is, of course, this classic: Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. If you have somehow managed to make it through life without seeing, hearing or reading some incarnation of it, here’s a quick summary:

Written for Everything Theatre

The Christmas season is always a good time for lovers of both literature and theatre, with many adaptations of famous as well as lesser-known books making their way to the stage. Mr Tiger Goes Wild, brought to life by Goblin and Chelsea Theatre, might fall in the latter category, but that doesn’t make it any less of a wonderful show for children ages three and over.

Written for Everything Theatre

For anyone who’s not feeling up to the annual avalanche of cross-dressing, dirty jokes and ‘I’m sort of a celebrity, put me in a panto’-casting choices: the Rose Theatre has just the ticket for you. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe might not be your typical Christmas offering, but this family musical will get everyone in the festive spirit nevertheless.