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Out of Order – Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Shaun Williamson and Andrew Hall in Out of Order

Writer & Director: Ray Cooney OBE Reviewer: Harriet Brace “Do you think I could go out and come back in again?” The immortal tagline of any bad day is instantly relatable, echoes with resigned frustration – and perfectly sums up Ray Cooney’s theatrical farce Out of Order. The award-winning dramedy follows the misfortunes of junior minister Richard Willey, whose roguish ...

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Fantastic Mr Fox – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Greg Barnett as Fantastic Mr Fox

Writer:  Sam Holcroft from the book by Roald Dahl Director: Maria Aberg Reviewer: Nicole Evans Now over 40 years old, Fantastic Mr Fox is a children's classic whose tale continues to delight generations and so, along with all of the Roald Dahl masterpieces, it is a natural choice for theatre companies worldwide to try their hand at recreating for the stage. ...

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Nell Gwynn – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

cast nell gwynne king;s theatre edinburgh

Writer: Jessica Swale Director: Christopher Luscombe Reviewer: Dominic Corr Celebrity is hardly a new concept. Only a few centuries ago, one of England's first actresses would help shape the very pop culture we all hate to adore. Nell Gwynn; orange merchant, turned actress, turned mistress to the King, was more than her titles. She was a living, breathing woman who ...

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Fracked – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Writer:  Alistair Beaton Director: Richard Wilson Reviewer: Bill Avenell   It is perhaps risky to put on a play about fracking, nimbyism, corruption in politics and big business in the heart of deepest Surrey, but the first thing to say about last night’s production at Guildford is that the audience seems to lap it up. There is a buzz in ...

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PREVIEW: The Shadow of Carmilla/Scáth an tSúmaire – O’ Donoghue Theatre, Galway

ThereisBear! Theatre is bringing its new bilingual theatre offering to the Galway Theatre Festival. Based on Sheridan Le Fanu’s gothic horror Carmilla, and directed by Conor Kennedy Burke, the company describes this work as “one of their most unusual pieces thus far”. In the isolation of a post-famine manor, the daughter of a landlord is bed-bound by an unexplainable illness. Her ...

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Monster? – Theatre Upstairs, Dublin

Writer: Emily Gillmor Murphy Director: Karl Shiels Reviewer: David Keane In a world that seems full of endless choices, Nell is suddenly faced with the reality that hers have become very limited. After a drunken night with friend-turned-fling Adam, a seemingly sweet but naïve garda, Nell finds herself pregnant. “Up the duff”. “A bun in the oven”. However she describes ...

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Billy Ocean – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Lauren Maughan Picture the scene.  The sun is shining, the skies are blue and the music is upbeat and uplifting. No you’re not on a paradise island, but on night out with Billy Ocean. Ocean’s still got it. His smile is infectious, his dance moves make you want to jump out of your seats and the hits still sound as ...

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Blood on the Moon – O’ Donoghue Theatre, Galway

Writer: Pierre Brault Reviewer: Ciara L. Murphy Kicking off the first day of the annual Galway Theatre Festival is Blood on The Moon, a feast of physical theatre and historical intrigue. This production charts the journey of a man called James Patrick Whelan, a Galway-born Irish immigrant who is accused of murdering Thomas D’Arcy McGee, a former Irish rebel leader, ...

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