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History, History History – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Deborah Pearson Reviewer: Matthew Forrest Take a controversial 1950’s film about football, a failed uprising against the ruling communist state, and an actor who loses his voice and add into the mix a granddaughter seeking the truth. This may sound like the plot to a Hollywood Oscar hopeful, but it isn’t: this is real life and this the basis ...

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The Unexpected Guest – The Mill at Sonning

Writer: Agatha Christie Director: Brian Blessed Reviewer: Christie-Luke Jones The Unexpected Guest is a classic Agatha Christie murder mystery set in a fog-shrouded 1950’s South Wales. One-time big-game hunter Richard Warwick, now in a wheelchair after having been mauled by a lion in Kenya, is found dead in his study by Michael Starkwedder (Séan Browne), the show’s staccato-voiced titular character. ...

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – The Crucible, Sheffield

Writer: Dale Wasserman Music: Lewis Gibson Director: Javaad Alipoor Choreographer: Deb Pugh Reviewer: Sophie Dodworth One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest was first published in 1962 by Ken Kesey, adapted for the stage one year after by Dale Wasserman. The brilliant dramatisation took Broadway by storm and now this thought-provoking drama lands in Sheffield for a Sheffield Theatres production. Set ...

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Flutter – Soho Theatre, London

Writer: Justin Hopper. Director: Gavin Dent. Reviewer: Hannah Powell What do you receive when you mix together gambling, a cast of okay actors, and a plot so predictable you can see it coming a mile away? Flutter by Justin Hopper is a story of addiction, capitalism, relationships, and the working classes once again being shown in an unsavoury light. Flutter is ...

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Finishing the Picture – Finborough Theatre, London

Writer: Arthur Miller Director: Phil Willmott Reviewer: Scott Matthewman To describe Arthur Miller’s final play as a thinly-veiled slice of autobiography would be an understatement. Set in Reno, Nevada in 1960 during the troubled shoot of a Hollywood film, it is a clear dramatic account of events surrounding shooting of The Misfits, whose screenplay was written by Miller and which ...

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The Nature of Forgetting – The Lowry, Salford

Director: Guillaume Pigé Reviewer: Jo Beggs Tom has early onset dementia. It’s his birthday and his daughter struggles to get him in a jacket and tie for the arrival of his friends and family. Tom can’t remember which jacket she told him to put on two minutes ago, but he can remember plenty of other things – his school days, ...

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Summer Holiday – New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Writers: Michael Gyngell and Mark Haddigan from the screenplay  by  Ronald Cass and Peter Myers  Director: Racky Plews Reviewer: James Garrington Everyone who was brought up during the 1960s will surely be familiar with Summer Holiday. The red London bus trundling its way across Europe, Cliff Richard and The Shadows, and full of songs that everyone knew and loved, all of ...

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Beautiful – Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

Book: Douglas McGrath Music and Lyrics: Gerry Goffin & Carole King, Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil Director: Marc Bruni Reviewer: Clare White It’s fair to say that Carole King is responsible for some of the most memorable songs in musical history. Since the 1960s, over 400 of her compositions have been recorded by more than 1,000 artists, resulting in 100 hit singles. Beautiful is ...

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