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Laurie Kynaston as Melchior (Photo: Marc Brenner)

REVIEW: Spring Awakening, Almeida (2021)

The score is alternative rock by Duncan Sheik with the book and lyrics by Steven Sater.  There is a beautiful clarity to the sung words. It is pretty raunchy stuff with scenes of sado-masochism and masturbation but it has an honesty lacking in society then, and to a lesser extent, now. 

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Dan Starkey as Sir Percy Shorter and Kirsty Besterman as Constance Wicksteed (Photo: Manuel Harlan)

REVIEW: Habeas Corpus, Menier Chocolate Factory (2021)

Set in the genteel town, next to Brighton, of Hove, we meet jaded GP Dr Arthur Wicksteed (the delightful Jasper Britton) aged 53.  His wife  Muriel (Catherine Russell) longs for the romance she had, before marrying Wicksteed.  The beau (and I use the word loosely here) she rejected is Sir Percy Shorter (Dan Starkey), the five feet nothing president of the BMA. 

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