THISWEEK IN CULTURE


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Justin Audibert Q&A

This week Caro spoke to Unicorn Theatre’s Artistic Director Justin Audibert about his adapted online version of children’s show ‘Anansi The Spider’, which will start streaming from this weekend. Read the Q&A here.

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Fuel Theatre recommended

More online culture tips now – and you can currently experience Fuel Theatre’s ‘Love Letters At Home’ at, well, home, via online means. Read more about this, and lots of other things to see and do, in our Three To Stream recommendations here.

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The Encounter recommended

We’re still tipping great online culture! You need to get your skates on if you want to see ‘The Encounter’ from Simon McBurney / Complicité, as it’s only streaming via Bristol Old Vic until Friday. Read about it and other shows in our Three To Stream tips right here.

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Burn Bright Q&A

This week Caro spoke to Tori Allen-Martin and Sarah Henley about their new venture Burn Bright and the Zoom-based production that they have developed through it. Read the Q&A here.

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Ella Marchment Q&A

Our latest interviewee is opera director Ella Marchment – the force behind #operaharmony – a lockdown-inspired venture bringing together opera professionals from across the world to create mini masterpieces for broadcast online. Read the Q&A here.

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Hunt & Darton Q&A

This week Caro spoke to TW favourites and former Editors’ Award winners Hunt & Darton about their latest venture Radio Local and lots more. Read the Q&A here.

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Grounded recommended

Don’t forget we are still tipping great Fringe-style entertainment that is available online. Like the excellent Deafinitely Theatre whose brilliant show ‘Grounded’ is available to watch via YouTube. Read about that and other online culture in our Three To Stream recommendations here.

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Luke Wright Q&A

This week Caro spoke to long term TW favourite Luke Wright about the nightly shows he’s doing throughout lockdown on Twitter, as well as his future plans. Read the Q&A here.

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Alexandra Evans Q&A

Shakespeare lovers might be interested to hear that Caro recently had a chat with actress Alexandra Evans about the Shakespeare In Quarantine podcast she’s currently doing with director Jimmy Walters. Read the Q&A here.

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Zoe Seaton Q&A

This week Caro meets Zoe Seaton of Northern Ireland-based theatre company Big Telly to talk about her latest virtual project ‘Operation Elsewhere’, which will be entertaining audiences via Zoom this weekend. Read the Q&A here.

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Sofa Setlist recommended

Don’t forget – we are still tipping great online fringe-style entertainment every week. Like Gilded Balloon’s ‘Sofa Setlist’ – a weekly Friday night show via YouTube to raise funds for artists. See you there at 8pm! And see all our Three To Stream recommendations right about here.

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Suba Das Q&A

For the locked down period East Anglia-based HighTide have monologues online and a programme of support for playwrights. This week Caro spoke to Artistic Director Suba Das to find out more – see the Q&A here.

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Lucy Askew Q&A

The interactive Zoom-based version of ‘The Tempest’ from Creation Theatre and Big Telly Theatre is back for nine more performances from tomorrow. Caro caught up with Creation’s Lucy Askew to find out more. Read the Q&A here.

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Krater Club recommended

Brighton’s Komedia have a treat in store for comedy lovers, as they have started running their Friday Krater Club online with excellent host Stephen Grant. Read more in our Three To Stream tips here.

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Bach recommended

One for fans of opera and choral music: English Touring Opera has released online a recording of Bach’s ‘St John Passion’, which they would have been performing to live audiences this spring. Read about this and other online culture in our Three To Stream tips here.

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Curve Theatre recommended

If you’re looking for some theatre to watch online, perhaps Leicester’s Curve Theatre can help? We recommended their archive recording of ‘Memoirs Of An Asian Football Casual’ in our Three To Stream tips this week. Read about that, and other tipped theatrical streams, here.

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Massimilliano Rossetti Q&A

This week Caro had a chat with Massimilliano Rossetti – Artistic Director of Lost In Translation – who are running online circus classes in conjunction with The Oak Circus Centre. Read the Q&A here.

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Adam Pownall recommended

A performance of ‘Getting Better Slowly’ – a piece about performer and creator Adam Pownall’s life changing experiences of Guillain-Barré Syndrome – is available to watch now via Facebook. Find out more about this and other online culture in our Three To Stream tips.

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Housetrap recommended

Tomorrow (8 Apr) from 6.30pm you can tune into the Housetrap Theatre And Arts Festival organised by the team at IMMERSIVE LDN. Find out more about that, and other streaming entertainment, in our Three To Stream recommendations.

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Brian Lonsdale Q&A

This week Caro Meets Brian Lonsdale of the recently inaugurated Coronavirus Theatre Club to find out more about their lock-down inspired Twitter-streamed theatrical events. Read the Q&A here.

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Going Viral recommended

Some of you may remember ‘Going Viral’, a play by Daniel Bye that did rather well up at the Edinburgh Fringe a few years back. Rather topical now – and a performance is available to watch via Live Stream Archive. Read about this and other online entertainment tips in our Three To Stream recommendations.

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Breach Theatre recommended

Breach Theatre’s highly acclaimed hit edfringe production about Artemisia Gentileschi was due to be staged shortly at Barbican. Those performances can’t go ahead but the show goes on: you can view it online from later today on YouTube. Read about this, and other streaming tips, in our Three To Stream picks here.

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A Good Service Q&A

We have more Three To Stream tips for you this week – plus the Q&As are back, also online focused. Caro Meets… David Head and Matt Glover to talk about their brilliant podcast based on the successful edfringe 2018 show ‘A Good Service On All Other Lines’. Read the Q&A here.

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On Site Opera recommended

More online events! If you’re an opera fan, you might want to watch out for online screenings by innovative New York-based opera company On Site Opera, including ‘Pygmalion’ on 30 Mar. It’s included in our Three To Stream tips for the week – head this way to read more.

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Notflix recommended

More streaming tips! The excellent and acclaimed Notflix, purveyors of improv musicals, will be live streaming a show this Sunday at 7.00pm and are taking suggestions in advance via Twitter and Facebook. Read about this and other online shows in our Three To Stream tips here.

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Luke Wright recommended

More online entertainment for you. Fans of TW favourite Luke Wright will be pleased to hear that he’s been doing nightly broadcasts via Twitter. We talk about this, and other online stuff, in our Three To Stream recommendations for the week, take a look at them here. (Image by Idil Sukan).

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Lazy Susan recommended

As promised, we’re currently recommending online comedy, theatre and Fringe entertainment. So, the likes of Soho Theatre’s on-demand platform where – among many other things – you’ll find talented sketch comedy duo Lazy Susan performing one of their shows. Read about that, and other shows you can access online, in our Three To Stream recommendations here.

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#hecklethevirus

Don’t forget we are going to be tipping online comedy, theatre and other Fringe-style shows next week – let us know if there are any you think we should check out. Meanwhile, you should check out this initiative from NextUp Comedy to support grass roots comedians who have been majorly impacted by COVID-19 and the resulting live entertainment shutdown. #hecklethevirus

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Online shows

With many London venues now temporarily closing their doors amid measures to restrain and delay the spread of COVID-19, we are planning on recommending great theatre, comedy and other Fringe-style entertainment that is happening online – live or on-demand. If you have anything planned or know about some great online shows, do let us know – info here.

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Camilla Gürtler Q&A

The inaugural New Nordics Festival from Cut The Cord Theatre is happening at The Yard Theatre this week, so Caro spoke to festival director Camilla Gürtler to find out more. Read the Q&A here.

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Gulliver’s Travels recommended

If you are looking for a show for primary school-aged children, ‘Gulliver’s Travels’ begins its run at the Unicorn Theatre this weekend. Read our recommendation for that and other shows in our Three To See round-up here.

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Boar recommended

We talk a lot about shows we loved at edfringe and here’s one of them: Lewis Doherty’s much acclaimed ‘Boar’ is up and running at Soho Theatre and is on until 14 Mar. Read about it and other recommended shows in our Three To See tips here here.

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Jade Byrne recommended

The talented Jade Byrne heads to Stratford Circus Arts Centre tomorrow for a one-off performance of her funny and original show about being a type one diabetic. Read about it, and other tipped performances, in our Three To See recommendations here.

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Freedom Hi 自由閪 recommended

If you’re looking for a show to see at the Vault Festival – now in its penultimate week – perhaps ‘Freedom Hi 自由閪’ by Papergang Theatre – on from 10-15 Mar – would fit the bill? Read about that and other tipped Vault shows in our Three To See recommendations here.

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Stephen Laughton Q&A

Our latest Caro Meets Q&A is with Stephen Laughton, writer of ‘One Jewish Boy’, which opens at Trafalgar Studios tomorrow. Read the interview here.

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Finborough recommended

A production of Paul Kember’s ‘Not Quite Jerusalem’ opened at the Finborough Theatre a couple of days ago. It’s being staged in celebration of the venue’s 40th anniversary and runs until 28 Mar. Read about this and other shows featured in our weekly Three To See recommendations here.

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Daughter recommended

‘Daughter’ by Adam Lazarus, which won much acclaim at edfringe 2018, began a run at Battersea Arts Centre this week, and it’s on until 28 Mar. Read about it and other recommended shows in this week’s Three To See tips here.

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Sprint Festival recomended

The Sprint Festival from Camden People’s Theatre starts this week – hurrah! – and our first set of recommendations includes ‘An Evening With The Mantis From Atlantis’ from Nina Bowers and Dirty Rascals. Read about that and our other Three To See tips for the week here.

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Isma Almas recommended

One of our three picks from the Vault Festival this week is Isma Almas, performing her funny and powerful recent Edinburgh hit ‘About A Buoy – Adventures In Adoption’ from 4-6 Mar. Read about that and other shows here.

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Tom York Q&A

This week Caro had a quick chat with Poldark actor Tom York, who is starring in ‘Corpse!’ at the Park Theatre when it opens later this week. Read the interview here.

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Racheal Ofori recommended

The rather talented Racheal Ofori heads to Soho Theatre on Monday for a run of her one woman show ‘So Many Reasons’. Read all about it in our Three To See tips here.

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Frills & Spills recommended

The excellent Stumble Trip Theatre – whose previous show ‘Heather And Harry’ impressed us in Edinburgh – are at Camden People’s Theatre this week with ‘Frills & Spills’. Read about this and other recommended shows in our Three To See tips here.

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Chatback recommended

One of our three Vault Festival recommendations for this week is Chatback Theatre’s production of Lucy Danser’s ‘If This Is Normal’, which runs until 28 Feb. Read about this show, and other Vault shows, in our Three To See tips here.

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The Spine recommended

Appearing in our Three To See recommendations this week is ‘The Spine’ by 20 Stories High, on at Stratford Circus Arts Centre tonight and tomorrow. Read about it and other tipped shows here.

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Merry Spinsters Q&A

This Week’s Caro Meets Q&A is with Maev Mac Coille and Erica Miller of Merry Spinsters, regarding their new production ‘Tell It Slant’, opening at The Hope Theatre this week. Read the interview here.

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Notch recommended

If you’re looking for a show to see at Vault Festival this weekend, ‘Notch’ by The Thelmas, which appeared in our Three To Sees this week, has a few performances left. Read more about it here.

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Down There recommended

‘Down There – In The Mind Of Consciousness’ by BantusScribe, presented by HiddenViewz, is on at the Lion & Unicorn Theatre this week following an acclaimed run at Camden Fringe. Read about it, and other tipped Three To See shows, here.

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coletivA ocupação recommended

If you’re looking for a close-up encounter with dance, live music and performance this week, ‘When It Breaks It Burns’ by coletivA ocupação at Battersea Arts Centre might be just the ticket. Read about that and other shows in our Three To See tips here.

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Gillian Greer Q&A

This week’s Caro Meets Q&A is with playwright, dramaturg and Soho Theatre literary manager Gillian Greer, whose latest play ‘MEAT’ opens at Theatre503 this week. Read it here.

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Company Nil recommended

Dance fans should make a date with ‘Blowin In The Wind’ by Daniel Phung and Company Nil, which has another performance at Rich Mix tonight as part of the CAN Festival. Read about it in our Three To See tips here.

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Arrows & Traps recommended

Don’t miss the excellent Arrows & Traps’ ‘Chaplin: Birth Of A Tramp’, currently on at Jack Studio Theatre. Read about it, and other shows, in our latest set of Three To See recommendations here.

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Little Angel recommended

‘The Wolves In The Walls’ – an adaptation of the graphic novel by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean, opening at the Little Angel Theatre this week – is one of the tipped shows in our latest Three To See recommendations. Read them here.

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Sticky Door recommended

As you’re probably aware, Vault Festival is in full swing and there are loads of great shows on this week, including Katie Arnstein’s ‘Sticky Door’. Read about that, and other Three To See recommended Vault shows, here.

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Hannah Norris Q&A

This week’s Caro Meets Q&A is with Hannah Norris, who will soon be appearing alongside her mother Angela in the acclaimed ‘After You’ at Soho Theatre. Find out more about the show by reading the interview here.

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Tryst recommended

Sell out show ‘Tryst’ returned to the Chiswick Playhouse (ex Tabard) this week and runs to the end of the month. And we’re excited about that! Read more about this show and other events in our Three To See recommendations here.

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I Woke Up recommended

‘I Woke Up Feeling Electric’ by Jack Robson has opened at The Hope Theatre this week and we think it sounds rather intriguing. Read more about it, and other tipped shows, in our Three To See recommendations here.

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Impact Dance recommended

Dance lovers are in for a treat over at Battersea Arts Centre this week with ‘The Landscape’, by Impact Dance, being performed on Friday as part of their ‘Outrageous Behaviour’ series. Read more about it, and other Three To See recommended shows, on this page here.

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Vault Festival recommended

So, Vault Festival is now very much up and running and there’s loads to see – including one of our Three To See tipped shows this week: ‘What The Dolls Saw’ by The House Of Macabre. Read about that, and other recommended shows, here.

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Border Crossings recommended

This week’s Caro Meet’s Q&A is with Michael Walling, founder of Border Crossings and director of the company’s latest show ‘The Great Experiment’, which tours London venues this month starting at Enfield’s Dugdale Centre. Read about it here.

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Dawta recommended

The Old Red Lion Theatre’s ‘Where Are We Now?’ season of work by emerging artists has begun – and ‘Dawta’ by Dionne Draper is on as part of it this week coming. See our Three To See tips for more information on that, and other shows, here.

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The Bee In Me recommended

This week’s Three To See recommendations include a tip for an excellent show aimed at older children called ‘The Bee In Me’, on at the Unicorn Theatre and directed by Rachel Bagshaw. To read about this and other show picks for this week, click this link.

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Frankie Foxtone recommended

The Vault Festival begins this week – hurrah! – and we have selected three shows from the programme that we think you should see. Included is Amy Gwilliam’s ‘Frankie Foxtone’ walking tour, but read about all of them here.

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Harry Darell Q&A

One of our two Caro Meets Q&As for this week is with Harry Darell of Admission Productions, writer and director of ‘For The Sake Of Argument’, which begins a run at the Bridewell Theatre tonight. Read about it here.

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Jodie Irvine Q&A

Vault Festival begins this week and one of our acts of celebration was to arrange a Q&A with Jodie Irvine, writer/performer of ‘Gobby’, the edfringe show which is appearing at this brilliant London festival from 4-9 Feb. Take a look at our Caro Meets interview with her here.

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Chickenshed recommended

Those of you looking for things to do with younger children in the next few weeks might be interested in ‘Tales From The Shed’ at Chickenshed Theatre. You can read more about it, and other recommended shows, in our latest Three To See selection here.

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Coulrophobia recommended

This week’s Three To See recommendations feature several festival picks, including a tip for ‘Coulrophobia’ by Opposable Thumb, on at Jacksons Lane as part of the London International Mime Festival. Read about that, and lots of other shows on in London this week, here.

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1599 recommended

A favourite funny show of ours, which we saw and loved at edfringe, is headed to Chiswick Playhouse this week: ‘Great British Mysteries 1599’ is surreal, historical and hilarious. Read about this, and other recommended comedy shows, in our Three To See tips here.

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Emma McDonald Q&A

One of this week’s Caro Meets Q&As is with Emma McDonald, who stars in stagings of two Shakespeare plays – ‘Macbeth’ and ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ – being performed in rep by the Watermill Theatre Ensemble at Wilton’s Music Hall in the coming weeks. Read the interview here.

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Lilac Yosiphon Q&A

Lilac Yosiphon, artistic director of Althea Theatre, recently spoke to Caro about the company’s latest production: ‘The Glass Will Shatter’ by Joe Marsh opens at Clapham’s Omnibus Theatre this week. Read the Q&A here.

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The Other Room recommended

‘American Nightmare’ is one of three plays in a dystopian trio from The Other Room that has been appearing at Theatre503 this week – why not take in all three? Read about those and also see all the other shows in our Three To See recommendations this week here.

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All Wrapped Up recommended

If you’re looking for ways to entertain a child or two this week, we’ve got three recommendations in our Threes To See. Amongst them is ‘All Wrapped Up’ by the excellent Oily Cart, which is for under fives, and is on at Stratford Circus Arts Centre. See all the tips here.

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Gig theatre recommended

‘The Canary And The Crow’ – an acclaimed gig-theatre piece from Daniel Ward and Middle Child – begins a run at the Arcola Theatre tomorrow. Our reviewer called it “storytelling at its most dynamic” at the 2019 edfringe. Read about this and other Threes To See here.

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Hamlet recommended

We found a trio of Shakespeary shows to recommend in our Three To See tips this week, and one of them is the fab-sounding ‘Hamlet: Rotten States’, on at The Hope Theatre, courtesy of 6FootStories. Hie you hence to read all about all three shows here.

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Aylin Bozok Q&A

This Week’s Caro Meets Q&A is with Aylin Bozok, director of ‘The Importance Of Being Earnest – Played By Immigrants’, which is produced by Pan Productions and is currently being staged at north London’s Tower Theatre. Read all about it here.

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Antigone recommended

Lots of this week’s Three To See recommended shows still have performances this weekend and next week, including the production of ‘Antigone’ from Holy What at the New Diorama Theatre. Check out all the tips here.

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Sophie Duker recommended

We’ve got three great shows with short runs upcoming in among this week’s Threes To See for London. And that includes the rather fine Sophie Duker who is bringing her show ‘Venus’ to the Soho Theatre next week. Check out all this week’s tips here.

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Paul Hunter Q&A

Another Caro Meets Q&A for you. She chats to Paul Hunter about ‘The Strange Tale Of Charlie Chaplin And Stan Laurel’, which is being performed as part of the London International Mime Festival at Wilton’s Music Hall next week. Find out more about the show in the interview here.

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Rosalind Blessed Q&A

This week Caro Meets Rosalind Blessed to chat about her plays ‘The Delights Of Dogs And The Problems Of People’ and ‘Lullabies For The Lost’, both of which are being performed at the Old Red Lion Theatre this month. Check out the Q&A here.

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The Time recommended

And we’re back with the tips! Our first Threes To See for 2020 include three recommended shows from the London International Mime Festival, including ‘This Time’ at Shoreditch Town Hall from the rather magnificent Ockham’s Razor. Check out all the tips here.

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