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REVIEW: Me and the Girls @The Devonshire Theatre Eastbourne

Brian Butler September 19, 2019

Me and the Girls is a paradox – a ‘new’ Noel Coward play. It is in fact a clever musical adaptation of a short story which the Master wrote on holiday in Jamaica, and published in 1962.

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REVIEW: Eley Williams @The Spire

Brian Butler September 13, 2019

BBC arts producer Simon Richardson, opening the four-day Coast is Queer LGBTQ+ literary festival at The Spire in Kemptown said: “I know some people in our community don’t feel the term ‘queer’ represents them. But I think it says something about being radical and disruptive.”

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REVIEW: 8 Hotels @Minerva Theatre, Chichester

Brian Butler August 9, 2019

In Shakespeare’s Othello, the black general of the title is driven to murder and suicide by the jealousy of his lieutenant who wrongly believes Othello has slept with his wife.

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REVIEW: Quentin Crisp-Naked Hope @Rialto Theatre

Brian Butler August 1, 2019

Quentin Crisp is an enigmatic and controversial figure in LGBT+ culture. At once a brave, totally unashamed gay man, he was also unpredictable and contradictory, preferring to walk his own path in life – regardless of the consequences.

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REVIEW: Stones In His Pockets @Theatre Royal

Brian Butler July 31, 2019

Imagine a play where the stars are walk-ons and the extras are the star performers. No, it’s not Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead where Hamlet has no lines; more like Waiting for Godot with no expectant menace.

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Theatre REVIEW: Toast @The Other Place, London

Brian Butler June 14, 2019

How often have you been to the theatre and been given toffees, chocolates, Parma violets, a walnut whip and a miniature lemon meringue pie? Never? Well then hurry along to see Nigel Slater’s Toast, a food-packed evening based on the internationally known chef’s life story.

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