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Duet for One – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Tom Kempinski Director: Robin Lefevre Reviewer: Gareth Davies A problem shared is a problem halved, as the old mantra would have it, and in that vein Tom Kempinski's 1980 play puts the therapeutic relationship firmly in the spotlight, as a world-class musician (Belinda Lang) seeks treatment from a Teutonic psychiatrist (Oliver Cotton). And so society's fascination with the contentious ...

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The Wipers Times – Opera House, Manchester

Writers: Ian Hislop & Nick Newman Director: Caroline Leslie Reviewer: May Mellstrom Whilst enduring the horror and brutality of the trenches during the First World War a group of soldiers of the 24th Division, the Sherwood Foresters, salvaged an old printing press from a bombed out building in the Belgium town of Ypres, mispronounced as Wipers by British soldiers.  Led ...

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Hedda Gabler- The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Henrik Ibsen in a new version by Patrick Marber Director: Ivo van Hove Reviewer: Dave Cunningham The National Theatre’s production of Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler takes a very modern approach to a classic text. Hedda Gabler (Lizzy Watts) feels that she is living below her expectations. Having sown her wild oats in her youth with the free-spirited writer Lovborg (Richard ...

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Be//Longing – Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

Writer: Rebekah Harrison et al Director: Matt Hassall and Take Back Theatre Reviewer: Lizz Clark Headlines refer to "swarms" of immigrants and political campaigns focus on "taking back control" of Britain and its borders. Migration is a pressing issue of our time, but how often do we hear the real stories of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers? In partnership with ...

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Lee Nelson: Serious Joker –The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Matt Forrest Breathe a sigh of relief people for Lee Nelson is out of ‘the clink’, well more accurately the man behind Nelson....comedian Simon Brodkin has been released following his invasion of the Tory party conference, where he rather cheekily gave Theresa May her marching orders. The last time we saw Brodkin he was being escorted out of the ...

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Your Toys – The Lowry, Salford

Devised by Slot Machine Theatre Directors: Nicola Blackwell, Fiona Creese and Nick Tigg Reviewer: Jay Nuttall “Bring your toy to the theatre” says the blurb, “we’ll take it, and all the other toys on a gigantic adventure”. The marketing is great and the premise of this show is wonderful. A family show for five-to-nine-year-olds, you can bring a prized possession ...

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Nightmares in Norfolk – All Saints Church, Kirkby Overblow

Writer: Charles Dickens/M.R. James Adapter: Simon Corble/Nobby Dimon Director: Vivienne Garnett Reviewer: Ron Simpson What North Country Theatre does is good old-fashioned barnstorming, not there are any actual barns on their astonishing tour of nearly 50 venues, only one of them for more than one performance. Most are village halls, there are a few theatres and arts centres and a ...

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Halloween Happening – Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield

Halloween hit Huddersfield early this weekend, attracting ghosts and ghoulies and killer clowns galore into the Lawrence Batley Theatre for a Spooktacular take over by the paranormal. A mixture of regularly repeated short plays and walkabout experiences supported two singular main stage events, with a much-appreciated pie and peas supper available to the wandering fancy dress-clad audience. The main stage ...

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