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Glory on Earth – Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

a man jamie sives a woman rona morison in historical garb

Writer: Linda McLean Director: David Greig Reviewer: Gareth Davies Two iconic Scot figures, Mary, Queen of Scots and John Knox, responsible for influencing the course of Scottish history, and its society, take centre stage in this world premiere production from Linda McLean. It's a pared down exploration of the relationship between the last queen of Scotland and a troublesome priest, ...

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The Crucible – New Theatre Cardiff

Writer: Arthur Miller Director: Douglas Rintoul Reviewer: Barbara Michaels Chilling in its relevance to the fanaticism that is threatening us as we go about our business today, this new production of the American classic The Crucible, based on the true story of the Witches of Salem, which was adapted for the screen in 1996 and won Miller an Academy award ...

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Julius Caesar – The Crucible, Sheffield

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Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Robert Hastie Reviewer: Janet Jepson Even for those who were unaware of the fate that befalls Julius Caesar, this production of Shakespeare’s well-known political drama was from the outset not going to be a jolly little jaunt. As the guy in the dark suit stood in front of the large polished table and opened a sombre ...

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Crave- The Wardrobe Theatre, Bristol.

Writer: Sarah Kane Director: Jessica Rose McVay Reviewer: Kris Hallett There have been many pretenders over the years but no one has come close to creating the sheer theatrical poetry of Sarah Kane. Taken far too young at the age of 28 her plays first shook and then changed the British theatrical landscape. In studio spaces up and down the ...

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The Island – The Tobacco Factory Theatre, Bristol

Writers: Athol Fugard, John Kani, Winston Ntshona Director: John Terry Reviewer: Chris Oldham Performed in the round on a small square stage, there's something immediately unapologetic about The Island; both in its simplicity, and its depth. First produced in 1973 and set on Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned, it follows two inmates John (Mark Springer), and Winston (Edward ...

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Twelfth Night – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

The touring cats of The Watremill Theatre's TwelfthNight

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Paul Hart Reviewer: Bill Avenell Exuberant is the word that springs to mind to describe this take on Shakespeare’s comedy, Twelfth Night from The Watermill Theatre. Different is another word but not different enough to stop the Guildford faithful giving it a rousing reception at the end of the performance. Certainly not for the traditionalist but ...

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BRIGHTON FRINGE: My Feminist Boner – The Warren Studio 3

Sarah Blanc in My Feminist Boner

Writer: Sarah Blanc Director: Sarah Blanc Reviewer: Sophie Huggins Wrapped in a leopard print dressing gown, with toes glistening in red nail varnish and a masked head deep in a steam machine, Sarah Blanc, as herself, puts the crazy in modern day beauty crazes in this delightfully spirited comedy. “I’m not a feminist I’m more a middle of the road ...

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BRIGHTON FRINGE: Dangled – The Warren Studio 2

Rob van Vuuren

Writer: Louis Viljoen Performer: Rob van Vuuren Reviewer: James Napleton Profane and maniacal, Dangled is a full-throttled exposition of a deviant inner psyche. The script, created by writer Louis Viljoen, is an adaptation of the short story Diary of a Madman by 19th-century Russian author Nikolai Gogol. The scene opens to a man writing at his desk that then puts ...

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