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2401 Objects – Lowry Theatre, Salford

Writers: Hannah Barker, Lewis Hetherington and Liam Jarvis Director: Liam Jarvis and Hannah Barker Reviewer: Tracey Lowe [rating:5] 2401 Objects tells the (true) story of Henry Molaison, who in 1953 underwent pioneering surgery on his brain in an attempt to stop him having seizures. The experiment didn’t go to plan, and gave Henry amnesia. The story is narrated by Dr. ...

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The Winter’s Tale – Theatre Royal, Norwich

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Edward Hall Reviewer: Glen Pearce [rating:4]   Shakespearian scholars may have to revise their thesis for, if we are to believe Ed Hall’s vibrant staging of The Winter’s Tale, Delia Smith’s now infamous Carrow Road touchline cry of ‘let’s be having yer’ is in fact a long lost line from The Bard. Then again, any production ...

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The Real Thing – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Book/Source: The Real Thing by Tom Stoppard Director: Kate Saxon Assistant Director: Emily Kempson Composer: Dominic Haslam Reviewer: S. E. Webster [rating:4] Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing, first performed over thirty years ago at the Strand Theatre in the West End, is currently treading the floorboards of the West Yorkshire Playhouse in conjunction with the highly renowned English Touring Theatre ...

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Anne Boleyn – Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Howard Brenton Music: William Lyons Director: John Dove Reviewer: Gareth Ireland [rating:4/5] Anne Boleyn is a compelling piece of theatre that explores who she was and the effect she had on King James I. The newly crowned King finds Boleyn’s controversial legacy that leads him to try to find her ghost and resolve religious factions. Flitting between the courts ...

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Yes, Prime Minister – Civic Theatre, Darlington

Written: Anthony Jay and Jonathan Lynn Director: Jonathan Lynn Reviewer: Lindsay Sykes [rating:2.5] It’s a strange situation when you’re sat in a theatre watching a farce that slowly evolves into a story about paedophilia. Not a particularly funny subject.There may have been a clever point being made but miss it and you're in for some very uncomfortable viewing. Graham Seed ...

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Ladies in Lavender- Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Writer: William J. Locke (original short story) Adapter: Shaun McKenna, based on the film written by Charles Dance Reviewer: James Martin [Rating:4]   Sitting by the river in the scenic garden of the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre enjoying a glass of wine in the brilliant evening sunshine was a perfect precursor to an evening spent revelling in the pleasantries of 1930’s ...

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Henry V – Oxford Playhouse

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Dominic Dromgoole Reviewer: Mary Tapper [Rating:4.5] Jamie Parker won plaudits for his portrayal of Prince Hal in the 2010 productions of Henry IV parts I &II at the Globe and here returns to complete the set of plays as Henry V. So, can he fulfil expectations and provide a fitting finale, portraying the king as a ...

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Knives in Hens – Alma Tavern Theatre, Bristol

Writer: David Harrower Director: Iain MacDonald Reviewer: Shane Morgan [rating: 4] Knowledge is power. What you do with that power makes or breaks you. This is the discovery of the Young Woman in David Harrower's pre-industrial struggle of innocence in an ugly world. Harrower's more successful Blackbird (2005) deals with sex in a contemporary setting. Similar issues of innocence, personal ...

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