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We Are Bronte – The Lighthouse, Poole

Devisers: Sarah Corbett & Angus Barr Director: Ed Rapley Reviewer: Sophie Huggins Although based on a recognised stimulus of the Bronte sisters, there is certainly nothing predictable about this highly entertaining devised fringe comedy. Encompassing genres of improvisation, stand-up, clown and physical theatre, this show is simply unlike anything else. Set in the rolling hills of Yorkshire, the devisers and performers ...

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Thoroughly Modern Millie – The Grand, Leeds

Joanne Clifton as Millie Dillmount in Thoroughly Modern Millie

Book: Richard Morris & Dick Scanlan New Music: Jeanine Tesori New Lyrics: Dick Scanlan Director: Racky Plews Musical Director: Rob Wicks Reviewer: Rob Atkinson On the face of it, the traditional “boy meets girl, they have issues, but end up happy ever after” musical theatre story is unlikely to be aided by the addition of a subplot around what they ...

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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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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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September in the Rain – Theatre Royal, York

Writer: John Godber Director: Sheila Carter Designer: Graham Kirk Reviewer: Ron Simpson For 12 years Esk Valley Theatre, in the persons of co-founders Mark Stratton and Sheila Carter, has brought high-quality small-cast theatre to the North York Moors by taking over Glaisdale’s Robinson Institute for the month of August for its annual production. Now EVT has expanded its scale, in ...

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Tartuffe- The Tobacco Factory, Bristol

Writer: Moliere Adaptor: Andrew Hilton and Dominic Power Director: Andrew Hilton Reviewer: Kris Hallett Its the end of an era here in Bristol with the news that Andrew Hilton will step down at the end of the season as artistic director at Shakespeare At The Tobacco Factory. For nearly two decades he has put his venture on the map from small ...

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Sh!t-Faced Shakespeare: Much Ado About Nothing – Leicester Square Theatre, London

Director: Stacey Norris Reviewer: Tom Finch Magnificent Bastards really have got the gift that keeps on giving. Sh!t-faced Shakespeare is a simple concept but the potential for laughs is huge. Six classically trained actors perform an abridged Shakespeare play and one of the actors happens to be more than a little sozzled. Cue confusion, mishaps and the ever looming presence ...

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JOAN – Ovalhouse, London

Writer and Director: Lucy J Skilbeck Reviewer: Alex Ramon From a silent film classic and an often-revived George Bernard Shaw play to songs by Leonard Cohen, Kate Bush and Madonna, the singular figure of Joan of Arc has remained a somewhat unlikely icon and object of inspiration in 20th and 21st Century popular culture. This enduring fascination must be down, ...

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