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Death of a Hunter – Finborough Theatre, London

Writer: Rolf Hochhuth Adaptor: Peter Thiers Translator: Peter Sutton Director: Anthony Shrubsall Reviewer: Stephen Bates On 2 July 1961, the bell tolled for Ernest Hemingway, literary icon of the mid 20th Century. His tempestuous life had encompassed four marriages, the lively bars of Havana and the deadly battlegrounds of three wars in Europe, but, in the early hours of that ...

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White Guy on the Bus – Finborogh Theatre, London

Writer: Bruce Graham Director: Jelena Budimir Review: Alex Ramon Plays dealing overtly with the thorny topic of "race in America" (usually narrowly defined as relations between WASP and African-American characters) have found considerable favour on British stages in recent years - ever since Bruce Norris scrawled all over Lorraine Hansberry's classic A Raisin in the Sun with his scabrous update ...

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Love, Bombs and Apples – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Hassan Abdulrazzak Director: Rosamunde Hutt Reviewer: Lizz Clark Palestine, Pakistan, Bradford, and New York are the settings for the four monologues that make up Love, Bombs and Apples. Along with the widespread settings are a disparate bunch of narrators, from a mild-mannered author to a privileged lobbyist. As the sole performer, Asif Khan has his work cut out: he ...

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Bunny – Tron Theatre, Glasgow

Writer : Jack Thorne Director: Paul Brotherston Reviewer: Torran McEwan It’s just the usual walk home from school for Katie. Her school bag in one arm, clarinet in the other, yet she still manages to hold hands with Abe, her disinterested older boyfriend. But this bunny is about to go down the rabbit hole. Tron Theatre Company’s production of Bunny ...

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Shrek the Musical – Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

Book and Lyrics: David Lindsay-Abaire Music: Jeanine Tesori Director: Nigel Harman Reviewer: Jim Gillespie The tone for the latest touring production of Shrek the Musical was set by the Front of House announcement as the house lights dimmed. Should we fail to switch off our mobile phones, we were warned, Shrek would come down from the stage and fart on ...

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Tosca – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Director / Revival Director: Michael Blakemore / Benjamin Davis Music: Giacomo Puccini Text: Giuseppe Giacosa / Luigi Illica Reviewer: Helen Tope Lust, greed, violence and corruption. As a mission statement, Tosca certainly meets every one of its objectives; the 1900 classic retains an edge a century on. With librettists Giacosa and Illica (the dream team behind La Boheme and Madame Butterfly), Puccini has crafted an opera ...

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Our Country’s Good – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer: Timberlake Wertenbaker  Director: Fiona Buffini Reviewer: Molly Richardson  Inspired by true stories and based on Thomas Kenally’s novel The Playmaker, Our Country’s Good transports the audience to 1787 for a powerful comedic drama about the harsh realities that convicts and slaves faced in the 1700s. After sailing over 700 of them to Australia, they are kept as prisoners with ...

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