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Metropolis – Ye Olde Rose and Crown, London

Book and Lyrics: Joe Brooks and Dusty Hughes Director: Tim McArthur Reviewer: Deborah Parry Metropolis is one of those obscure lost musicals that, despite having had a run in the West End in the late 1980s, hasn't seen much of the light of day since – certainly not in the UK and certainly not with a professional cast. It is particularly significant, then, ...

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Ninagawa Macbeth –  Lyric, Theatre Royal Plymouth

Writer:  William Shakespeare Director: Yukio Ninagawa Reviewer: Joan Phillips If you think you have seen enough versions of Shakespeare then Yukio Ninagawa’s spectacular Macbeth is a wonderful reminder how his plays can be reinvented and resonate across different generations, and different cultures. There seems to be some sort of spiritual fit between Japanese classical culture and Shakespeare: the tragic themes; hand to ...

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The Brothers Karamazov – Tron Theatre, Glasgow

Writer: Richard Crane after Fyodor Dostoyevsky Director: Faynia Williams Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Four central performances of considerable strength mark Richard Crane and Faynia Williams’ revived production of Dostoyevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov as the highlight of the Tron Theatre’s 35th anniversary season. Notoriously difficult to translate, thought to be un-stageable and widely regarded as one of the greatest achievements in world ...

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Jimeoin: Ridiculous – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Jay Nuttall “My name’s Jimeoin but I’m not sure if I’m saying it right” Jimeoin tells us two minutes in. It’s a joke he must have told hundreds of times throughout his twenty-five year stand-up career. It really is quite a ridiculous stage name to add to the overall ridiculousness of the man himself. Jimeoin (pronounced Jim Owen) in ...

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My Name is Rachel Corrie – The Other Room, Cardiff

Writer: Taken from the writings of Rachel Corrie Director: Chelsey Gillard Reviewer: Beth Steer With the permission of the family of Rachel Corrie, a young American activist working for the International Solidarity Movement in Gaza, My Name is Rachel Corrie has been edited from Rachel’s writings. Based on her journals and emails, it tracks her journey from life as an ...

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Acosta Danza: Debut – The Lowry, Salford

Artistic Director: Carlos Acosta Choreography: Marianela Boàn, Justin Peck, Goyo Montero, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Jorge Crecis Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Carlos Acosta created Acosta Danza in 2015 to harness and showcase young Cuban dancers with skills in both classical and contemporary dance and to create a diverse repertoire that reflects at its core choreographers from the Spanish-speaking world. Acosta’s immense star ...

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DUBLIN THEATRE FESTIVAL: King of the Castle – Gaiety Theatre, Dublin

Writer: Eugene McCabe Director: Garry Hynes Reviewer: Laura Marriott There is always excitement in the air when Druid stage a new production. For the 2017 Dublin Theatre Festival they are presenting Eugene McCabe’s play King of the Castle at the Gaiety Theatre. Often described as an unsung Irish classic King of the Castle has the potential to be an excellent ...

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Molly – Town Hall Theatre, Galway

Writer: James Joyce Adaption: Tara Breathnach and Petal Pilley Director: Petal Pilley A hot-bed of feminine power and sexuality, Tara Breathnach’s one-woman show is a vivid and timely adaption of James Joyce’s Ulysses. Focusing on the book’s final soliloquy, this powerhouse of female agency is a welcome contribution to the Town Hall Theatre programme. It is hard to tackle Joyce’s ...

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