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Whether you normally look down from the cheap seats in the gods, or sit up close in the front row, there's so much happening on the London performing arts scene and comedy circuit, it can be difficult to decide which shows you should spend your cash on and which shows should quite frankly, pay you for turning up.

At Views from the Gods, we review all the latest London talent, from West End plays to emerging comedians. We hope our site helps introduce you to some new performers.

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As a critic, writing about The Lesson is an almost impossible task. Eugene Ionesco's absurdist play is, amongst other things, an attack on superfluous words that take up a lot of time and space, without ever really meaning anything. The irony is not lost on me, as much as I would hope to offer something vaguely insightful from time to time. Let me get straight to the point then: Matthew Parker's latest production is superb. Using Donald Watson's translation, his adaptation of The Lesson captures the brilliant subtleties of Ionesco's writings, culminating in a violent and beautifully bizarre conclusion.

When the Pupil (Sheetal Kapoor) arrives for a simple lesson with the Professor (Roger Alborough), she hopes to improve her grasp of mathematics and language. Initially delighted, then rapidly frustrated, the Professor's lesson planning skills leave something to be desired as he leaps from mental addition to, er, more practical applications. His faithful employee, the maid (Joan Potter) pleads with him to pace himself better and tackle less complicated subject matters, but he is determined to teach the Pupil, regardless of the toll it may exact on any of them.

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