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King Lear – Theatre Royal, Bath

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Jonathan Miller Reviewer: Jackson Lawrence The Northern Broadsides theatre company prides itself on retelling classics with a northern voice. The actors speak in their own accents and King Lear is delivered with the same rustic, rugged charm of the north. The show is blunt, honest, simple. However, in a play that is centuries old, which has ...

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Inside Out of Mind – Exeter Northcott Theatre, Exeter

Sound and Music: David Wilson Writer and Director: Tanya Myers Reviewer: Lucy Corley An emerald glow covers the stage. A forest of twigs and branches is projected over a hospital ward set. As the audience enters, pristine nurses bustle around the auditorium, their uniforms starched, hair pinned back. An elderly man, a little stooped, enters the stage and welcomes us ...

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Peter Pan Goes Wrong – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writers: Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields Director: Adam Meggido Reviewer: Marina Spark The sequel to Mischief Theatre’s West End smash hit The Play That Goes Wrong has come to Plymouth's Theatre Royal, and the show starts from the word go. Early birds are rewarded with a cheeky bit of playful interaction from the "techies" and cast - hard ...

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After Electra – The Drum, Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: April De Angelis Director: Samuel West Reviewer: Marina Spark The Drum at the Theatre Royal in Plymouth is the place to go in the south west if you fancy some contemporary, satisfying but sometimes tough to swallow theatre. April De Angelis has teamed up with the Drum to create a (very loose) retelling of the ancient Greek myth, Electra.After ...

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Wuthering Heights – The Rondo Theatre, Bath

Writer: Emily Brontë Adaptor: Dougie Blaxland Director: Ian McGlynn Reviewer: Claire Hayes More than 150 years after it was first published, Wuthering Heights needs very little introduction. The only novel written by Emily Brontë, it tells of the destructive passion of Cathy and Heathcliff, brought up together in the Earnshaw household but driven apart by divisions of class and status ...

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Jane Eyre – The Rondo Theatre, Bath

Writer: Charlotte Brontë Adaptor: Dougie Blaxland Director: Jazz Hazelwood Reviewer: Beth Steer Butterfly Psyche and Livewire Theatre’s Brontë Season is an attempt to capture the work of three talented sisters in three new adaptations, refreshing and bringing to life three progressive stories, each written almost 200 years ago. And, in their production of Jane Eyre – a complex tale of ...

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H.M.S. Pinafore – Exeter Northcott Theatre, Exeter

Music: Arthur Sullivan Lyrics: W. S. Gilbert Director: Connor Jones Reviewer: Lucy Corley At first glance, the plot of H.M.S. Pinafore is reminiscent of Pirates of the Caribbean – lowly sailor falls in love with upper-middle class beauty who is promised to a nobleman; he attempts to win her heart and comic chaos ensues. But unlike Pirates, the Gilbert and ...

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The Absence of War – Bristol Old Vic, Bristol

Writer: David Hare Director: Jeremy Herrin Reviewer: Claire Hayes In this election year 2015, many of the themes of David Hare’s The Absence of War are so contemporary, it’s hard to believe this play originally premiered in 1993. A man who has risen to the top of the Labour Party sacrifices the authentic voice which got him there, in order ...

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