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Don't miss: Umoja, Peacock Theatre
31 Jan - 19 Feb

UMOJA is a musical celebration of South African song and dance. Originally created by Todd Twala and Thembi Nyandeni as a way of reminding a new generation of South Africans of their heritage, UMOJA, meaning ‘togetherness’ in Zulu, has won critical plaudits and collected multiple awards since its premiere in 2000. UMOJA returns to London for a run at the Peacock Theatre from 31 January to 19 February 2012.  More

Interview: Todd Twala, Umoja  | Words: Gillian Fisher
"A lot of kids in South Africa come from disadvantaged families, their parents are not educated and they are struggling to make their way. By being in UMOJA they have an opportunity to make a life for themselves". Read interview

Theatre review: Silver Shores | Words:  Keji Dalemo | Finishes 21 Jan
Silver Shores is a fine production; it tells a good story very well indeed. The script delivers some cutting lines, has perfectly placed moments of humour and the production team work beautifully to create an atmospheric piece of theatre for which Hani Abbasi ‘s discreet presence as the drummer in the corner plays a monumental part.
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Theatre review: Swallows and Amazons [previously at the National Theatre - now on tour] | Words: Gillian Fisher
It is the summer of 1929 and the Walker children are setting sail in their faithful rowboat Swallow after which they name their crew, to seek adventure, discover new lands and wage war on the barbarian race otherwise known as 'adults'. Read review

Theatre review: Cinderella, Theatre Royal Stratford East | Words: Ekua Ekumah | Finishes 21 Jan
If you are looking for a panto that has the right mix of traditional charm and urban flavour, sprinkled with just the right amount of adult humour, then look no further than Theatre Royal’s Cinderella. Read review

International theatre: The Mountaintop starring Angela Bassett and Samuel L Jackson as Martin Luther King Jnr | finishes 22 Jan
Taking place on April 3, 1968, THE MOUNTAINTOP is a gripping reimagining of events the night before the assassination of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. After delivering his legendary "I've Been to the Mountaintop" speech, an exhausted Dr. King (Samuel L. Jackson) retires to his room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis while a storm rages outside. More

International theatre: Hurt Village by Katori Hall
It’s the end of a long summer in Hurt Village, a housing project in Memphis, Tennessee. A government Hope Grant means relocation for many of the project’s residents, including Cookie, a thirteen year-old aspiring rapper, along with her mother Crank and great-grandmother Big Mama. More

News: Driving Miss Daisy nominated for three WhatsOnStage.Com Awards
The critically acclaimed production of Driving Miss Daisy has been nominated for three awards; Best Actress – Vanessa Redgrave, Best Actor – James Earl Jones and Best Play Revival – Driving Miss Daisy, ahead of the Awards ceremony in February 2012.  Voting still open

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