Little Bulb, masters of whimsical theatrical frolics, have created this show alongside the BAC to christen their new Courtyard Theatre. Three performers tell the story of two lovers, torn apart by a storm and trying to re-unite with the help of a street urchin and a clairvoyant maid, whilst foiling an evil Count’s dastardly plans. Yep, this is the sort of show where words like ‘dastardly’ are used unabashedly. The three sing and play a range of instruments, use ingenious props and costumes, and charm the pants off everyone. It’s knowingly ramshackle, clever throughout and very funny to boot. Hurrah.
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This might just be the best show in the West End right now. It follows six Londoners attending group therapy following a terrorist attack in London. A plane was shot down, crashing in Fulham, and the play looks at how we deal with trauma in the 21st Century. If all that sounds a bit heavy, trust us, it’s not. All the actors are superb, and it’s properly funny which makes everyone seem real, and puts the audience at ease. Tickets are £15, and every seat’s a good one in the smaller Studio 2.
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The Lower Depths
Maxim Gorky’s 20th Century political drama has been revived as part of the Arcola Theatre’s Revolution season - celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution. The play looks at the consequences of the public feeling disenfranchised with the ruling class and left behind, so it’s not hard to see why they’ve chosen to revive it. Performed by the in-house Revolution Ensemble, and directed by Arcola-fave Helena Kaut-Howson, this looks like political drama to get the blood boiling and just maybe inspire some change. Tickets are very affordable, with top price less than twenty quid.