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An amusing playlet buried in 150 minutes of rhetoric: Mates in Chelsea, at the Royal Court, reviewed

2 December 2023

9:00 AM

2 December 2023

9:00 AM

Mates in Chelsea

Royal Court Theatre, until 16 December

Nineteen Gardens

Hampstead Theatre, until 9 December

Theatres outside London like to produce shows that appeal to their local communities. Inside London, where cultural attitudes are strangely warped, theatres are happy to disregard the neighbourhoods they serve, and they show little interest in the lives of their customers. But the Royal Court Theatre and Hampstead Theatre have both chosen to stage shows that feature characters who live nearby.

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