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Gut – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Written by Frances Poet Directed by Zinnie Harris Reviewer: Dominic Corr We can reason with our heart, we can rationalise inside our heads. Yet we find it so very difficult to persuade a gut instinct. A visceral, primal stance which has a uniquely tangible feeling when we feel something wrong. It is, however, the blindest feeling we place trust in. ...

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Education Education Education – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: Created and devised by The Wardrobe Ensemble Directors: Jesse Jones and Helena Middleton Reviewer: Joan Phillips Set the day after Tony Blair’s New Labour landslide victory in May 1997, Education Education Education takes a very funny, but hard, look at life inside a typical UK secondary school 20 years ago. German language assistant Tobias, is excited to be working in ...

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A View from the Bridge – Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Writer: Arthur Miller Director: Mike Tweddle Reviewer: Claire Hayes Arthur Miller’s landmark depiction of the 1950s docklands of Brooklyn’s Red Hook – ‘the gullet of New York swallowing the tonnage of the world’ – is authentically recreated in Mike Tweddle’s first production for the Tobacco Factory. The stage is filled with pallets, pulleys and winches echoing in an ominously clanking ...

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An Officer and a Gentleman the Musical – The Grand, Leeds

Based on the book by Douglas Day Stewart and Sharleen Cooper Cohen Director: Nikolai Foster Choreographer: Kate Prince Musical supervision: Sarah Travis Reviewer: Janet Jepson Wow… just about sums up this wonderful staging of An Officer and a Gentleman from Curve Productions, premiering this week at the Grand Theatre, Leeds. The 1982 film of the same name is an icon ...

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The Game of Love and Chai – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Writer: Nigel Planer Director: Jatinder Verma Reviewer: Nicole Craft The overall concept of an 18th-century French farce dragged into a modern-day Bollywood world has mountains of potential to go extremely wrong. The French had somewhat perfected the art of precise yet witty wordplay, with Marivaux winning the proverbial race, and therefore trying to clean up, or adapt, something that wasn’t ...

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The Cherry Orchard – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Writer: Anton Chekov Translator and Adapter: Rory Mullarkey Director: Michael Boyd Reviewer: Jay Nutall Anton Chekov was, perhaps, the master of writing about the dysfunctional family and many theatre scholars believe that The Cherry Orchard, written in 1904, was his greatest play. This confident and assured production, co-produced with Bristol Old Vic and directed by the former artistic director of ...

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A Streetcar Named Desire – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer: Tennessee Williams Director: Chelsea Walker Reviewer: Molly Richardson This bold revival of Tennessee Williams’ classic play A Streetcar Named Desire is full of fire. One summer, the anxious boozer, yet fiercely clever seductress and glamour-queen, Blanche DuBois turns up unexpectedly at her sister Stella’s two-roomed house in a state of desperation as she tries to hold her life together. This gives ...

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Strictly Ballroom: The Musical – Piccadilly Theatre, London

Book: Baz Luhrmann and Craig Pearce Director: Drew McOnie Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Baz Luhrmann’s 1992 film Strictly Ballroom– part dance comedy, part Cinderella romance – launched the Australian’s career as a filmmaker of visually arresting, reality-heightening fare such as Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge!, the three films collectively becoming known as the director’s ‘Red Curtain Trilogy’. In this transfer to ...

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