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Murder, Margaret and Me – York Theatre Royal

Writer​: Philip Meeks Director: ​Damian Cruden Reviewer​: Ron Simpson Given the potentially fascinating story-line and the writing, directing and acting talent involved, Murder, Margaret and Me should be a truly memorable evening in the theatre. Disappointingly it isn’t, but it is a polished entertainment, cleverly written and beautifully acted. Initially a rather shorter one-person play staged at the 2012 Edinburgh ...

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Fiddler on the Roof – Liverpool Everyman, Liverpool

Book: Joseph Stein Music: Jerry Bock Lyrics: Sheldon Harnick Director: Gemma Bodinetz Reviewer: Tate James The Everyman Theatre is now home to the 14 actors of the new Everyman Company, who are breaking tradition at the prestigious venue with a musical offering in the form of a new production of Fiddler on the Roof. It seems an alarmingly relevant choice for ...

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The Castle Builder – Cube Cinema, Bristol

Creators: Vic Llewelyn and Ed Patrick Reviewer Kris Hallett Do we make art for public consumption or to satisfy personal longing? Is the art of making theatre, writing a book, painting a portrait, building a castle only validated when it is revealed to the public or is the making of it enough. This is the question at the heart of ...

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Funny Girl – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Sheridan Smith as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl

Music: Jule Styne Lyrics: Bob Merrill Book: Isobel Lennart Revised Book: Harvey Fierstein Director: Michael Mayer Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Funny Girl is the (mostly) true story of the rise and first marriage of Broadway Vaudeville (and later film) star Fanny Brice. The musical dates from 1964, and its star Barbra Streisand went on to recreate the role in the Oscar-winning ...

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The Cherry Orchard – Arcola Theatre, London

Writer: Anton Chekhov, English version by Trevor Griffiths Director: Mehmet Ergen Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Chekhov's final play, written when the playwright was in his early 40s, can be thought of as being remarkably prescient. The tale of a wealthy aristocratic family that has been living beyond its means being brought low, to be replaced by the lower classes, presaged the ...

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The Episode – The Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter

Director: Emily Greenslade & Tom Brennan Writer: Tom Brennan Reviewer: Bethan Highgate-Betts Award-winning theatre maker Tom Brennan brings us his latest production, The Episode. An intimate show about fashion and the all too vivid reality of reality television. Kate (Nesba Crenshaw) had everything. The money, the lifestyle, the editorial position at the biggest fashion magazine in the country, but for the ...

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Touched – Nottingham Playhouse

Chloe Harris as Betty, Aisling Loftus as Joan, Vicky McClure as Sandra, Esther Coles as Mary and George Boden as Johnny in Touched

Writer: Stephen Lowe Director: Matt Aston Reviewer: Dave Smith Forty years after its premiere at the same venue, Stephen Lowe’s Touched gets a welcome revival, with the added attraction of one of TV’s hottest properties, Vicky McClure (Line of Duty, This Is England, Broadchurch), taking on her first professional stage rôle in her home city. The play is set in ...

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