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Twelfth Night – Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Christopher Luscombe Reviewer: John Kennedy Some thirty years ago an ensemble of disparate student stereotypes, The Young Ones, exploded from our TV sit-com screens - often quite literally. When Adrian Edmondson’s anarcho-Punk, Vivyan, let loose his signature pet hamster comic-strip chaotic schtick mayhem ensued. Twelfth Night, the twelfth day of Christmas marks the Epiphany, the arrival of the ...

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The Tailor-Made Man – White Bear Theatre, London

Writer: Claudio Macor Director: Bryan Hodgson Reviewer: Stephen Bates With current stories of improprieties in the film industry seeming to be as plentiful as gold stars on Hollywood Boulevard, this revival of Claudio Macor’s The Tailor-Made Man could hardly be more timely. The play is based on the true story of William “Billy” Haines, a star of silent movies and ...

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Wuthering Heights – East Riding Theatre, Beverley

Writer/Director: Jane Thornton From the novel by: Emily Brontë Designer: Lucy Weller Reviewer: Ron Simpson How do you condense a novel of over 250 pages, with a dense and complicated story-line, into less than 100 minutes of stage time? In the case of Wuthering Heights, with its generational split halfway through, a common method, used in the famous 1939 film, ...

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Uncle Vanya – HOME, Manchester

Writer: Anton Chekhov Adapter: Andrew Upton Director: Walter Meierjohann Reviewer: Matthew Forrest Chekhov classic Uncle Vanya seems to be going through a bit of a renaissance at the moment, with the play being performed in various nation-wide productions. As part of HOME’s season marking the 100-year anniversary of the Russian Revolution, Andrew Upton’s adaptation of the play is certainly one ...

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Declining Solo – The Lowry, Salford.

Music: Tim Blazdell. Writers/Directors: Two Destination Language. Reviewer: Sam Lowe "Belonging neither here nor there", as the audience are told in the performance, Declining Solo is a show which fluctuates between the multiple layers of what makes up identity. It explores the father and daughter relationship, a woman's relationship to her culture, her home, how the past affects the present, ...

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The Snowman, Opera House, Manchester

Music: Howard Blake Director: Bill Alexander Reviewer: Andrea Allen Adults escorting little ones to the Opera House hoping for the magic of Raymond Briggs’ book and the festive charm of Dianne Jackson’s 1982 film adaptation may, unfortunately, be disappointed by Birmingham Repertory Theatre’s production of The Snowman. In Director Bill Alexander’s lengthy, bloated production, there’s a strong chance you’ll spend ...

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Big Fish – The Other Palace, London

Book: John August, based on the novel by Daniel Wallace Music and Lyrics: Andrew Lippa Director: Nigel Harman Reviewer: Scott Matthewman For many musicals, going a full fifteen minutes without any songs can seem like a drag; at the top of the show, it can seem like the kiss of death. Yet for Big Fish, The Other Palace’s latest premiere, its ...

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The Wipers Times – Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Writers: Ian Hislop & Nick Newman Director: Caroline Leslie Music: Nick Green Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Ian Hislop and Nick Newman take the quite frankly unbelievable true story of Captain Fred Roberts (James Dutton) and Lieutenant Jack Pearson (George Kemp) of the 24th Division, Sherwood Foresters, and produce an old-fashioned celebration of the Great British spirit. 1916, the mud-soaked trenches of ...

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