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The Lost Boy – St Mary’s Creative Space, Chester

Writer: Stephanie Dale Director: Kate McGregor Reviewer: Clare Boswell Two years in the making, The Lost Boy is the latest offering by Chester-based company Theatre in the Quarter and is a timely and compelling piece based around the current refugee crisis. Writer Stephanie Dale has impressively covered a lot of ground in this 90-minute play, balancing a heart-felt and personal ...

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The Commitments – Theatre Royal Plymouth

Writer: Roddy Doyle Director: Caroline Jay Ranger Reviewer: Karen Bussell It’s always difficult bringing a well-loved film to the theatre, and BAFTA-winning Roddy Doyle’s 1991 cult classic The Commitments is no exception. That Doyle himself adapted his 1987 novel for the stage bodes well, and for those uninitiated in the glory of the movie it may do well, but so ...

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The Winters Tale – Bristol Old Vic

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Declan Donnellan Reviewer: Kris Hallett Cheek by Jowl's The Winters Tale is an interesting curate's egg of a production. For four fifths of its running time it is the richest work you will see anywhere, an ensemble whose depth of acting and richness in characterisation can be placed in the upper echelons of any acting troupe ...

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The Addams Family: The Musical Comedy – Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

Book: Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice Music & Lyrics: Andrew Lippa Director: Matthew White Reviewer: Dominic Corr From the instant that familiar melody starts, the audience instinctively clicks their fingers. After 80 years, the grotesquely charming family has found another medium. From comic strip to animation, television, film and in 2010 to the glitz of Broadway, this week Scotland welcomes the ...

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Have I No Mouth – Town Hall Theatre, Galway

Directors: Gary Keegan and Feidlim Cannon Reviewer: Ciara L. Murphy Have I No Mouth is not so much a tale of loss, as it a tale of moving forward. It focuses on how director and co-creator Feidlim Cannon’s family have dealt with their grief, resulting from the tragic and untimely deaths of Sean Cannon, Feidlim Cannon’s father, and his baby brother, ...

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Eurohouse – The Ovalhouse

Created and performed by Bertrand Lesca & Nasi Voutsas Reviewer: Deborah Parry It is a sad but inevitable fact that no system is perfect – there will always be winners and losers. In all of the debates and discussions that lead up to last year's EU referendum, much focus was given to criticism and praise of the European Union in ...

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The Led Zeppelin Masters – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Reviewer: John Kennedy Forty-seven years ago this June a windy rain-swept Bath Festival of Blues & Progressive Music Festival played host to a quartet of hirsute sonic savants about to take on the world and its oyster for a stadium stomping, Holiday Inn trashing, shark-infested daughters’ abusing (allegedly) escalator ride to Valhalla and back. On a mission from God, Yardbirds ...

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Private Lives – Blue Orange Theatre, Birmingham

Hannah Fretwell and Darren Haywood as Amanda and Elyot in Private Lives at Blue Orange Theatre, Birmingham

Writer: Noël Coward Director: Oliver Hume Reviewer:  Selwyn Knight Famously written in four days as a vehicle for Noël Coward and Gertrude Lawrence, Private Lives must have been quite shocking to 1930s audiences, dealing, as it does, quite explicitly with marital infidelity. Elyot and Amanda had a stormy and violent marriage and after three years divorced. Now five years later, ...

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