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Time: 16:21 23 May 2011

Women shine in London theatre festival

25th August 2011

Theatre lovers visiting the capital before the end of the month may want to catch the end of the Gaea Theatre Festival.

Visitors to central London hotels can catch an extended performance of Beauty is Prison-Time, which "puts women in the spotlight", according to the Evening Standard.

The production was part of the month-long celebration of women playwrights, performers, directors and designers at the Lion & Unicorn Theatre.

Written and performed by Greek artist Zoe Mavroudi, the play tells the story of a beauty pageant being held in a Siberian prison, for which the top prize in an early parole.

BBC Radio praised the production, saying: "[It is] quite simply a tour-de-force."

Theatre magazine the Stage added: "Greek actress Zoe Mavroudi demonstrates what an accomplished performer she is."

The play has been nominated by the Theatre Awards for Most Promising New Playwright, Best Female Performer and Best Director.

An extended run of the play will see it performed through to September 11th, wowing audiences with what Time Out London called "a delicately ensnaring performance".

Other shows at the festival include Nine as well as I'll Show You Mine - an exploration of a six-year-old girl's lessons on surviving childhood.

Guests at The Montcalm hotel can easily travel to the Lion & Unicorn Theatre which is a short walk away from Kentish Town Tube station, located on the Northern Line.

The festival will also see performances of As Fate Would Have It, which tells the story of a man who makes major life decisions on the flip of a coin.

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