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            Calendar Girls Tue 21 Apr 2009

            It was a stroke of genius that propelled a group of WI women to international fame: having their photographs taken in the buff for a cheeky calendar has not only raised £2 million for Leukaemia Research but has spawned a hit film and now a stage version, which opened at the Noël Coward theatre last night.

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            After Dido Fri 17 Apr 2009

            Following last year’s collaborative productions, English National Opera and the Young Vic come together once more to create After Dido, a multi-media production inspired by Purcell’s Dido And Aeneas, with the unmistakable stamp of director Katie Mitchell.

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            Death And The King's Horseman Thu 09 Apr 2009

            Based on real events that took place in Nigeria in 1946, Wole Soyinka’s Death And The King’s Horseman is set three years earlier in a hot, dusty market place, where the action of the Second World War is a distant world away.

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            The Fever Tue 07 Apr 2009

            A bare stage can be a frightening proposition. No elaborate set to enhance and distract, no costume to indicate the period of time, just an actress and some carefully placed clutter.

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            Tusk Tusk Thu 02 Apr 2009

            Such was the success of Polly Stenham’s That Face, which has collected a clutch of awards since premiering at the Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Upstairs in 2007, that the young writer’s second play was always going to be heaped with pressure.

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            Spring Awakening Fri 27 Mar 2009

            Already a hit stateside, Spring Awakening is both a new musical and a new kind of musical, a rallying call for teen angst where microphones symbolically give power back to the confused, hormonal, experimental adolescents of a 19th century village rife with parental and religious oppression.

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            Parlour Song Fri 27 Mar 2009

            The Almeida theatre is transformed into the leafy, claustrophobic world of suburbia for Jez Butterworth’s new comedy Parlour Song, where behind the twitching lace curtains of your neighbours’ homes, everything is not as it seems.

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            Dimetos Thu 26 Mar 2009

            Douglas Hodge directs this eerie play by Athol Fugard which explores the consequences of our inability to act against something we know to be wrong.

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            Swan Lake Thu 26 Mar 2009

            As part of the annual Spring Dance at the London Coliseum, the renowned American Ballet Theatre performs the most famous and well loved of all the classic ballets, Swan Lake.

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            Priscilla Queen Of The Desert The Musical Tue 24 Mar 2009

            A freshly-waxed Jason Donovan returns to the London stage in a dress made of flip flops, foot-high platforms and rather impressive false lashes.

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