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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – Theatre Royal Plymouth

Writer: John Boyne Adaptor: Angus Jackson Director: Joe Murphy Reviewer: Marina Spark Anyone who has an ounce of interest in bestselling literature from the past decade will have heard the title The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. The widely acclaimed 2006 novel by John Boyne, which was made into a movie in 2008, has now been adapted for stage by ...

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The Beaux’ Stratagem – Redgrave Theatre, Bristol

Writer: George Farquhar Director: Paul Clarkson Reviewer: Kris Hallett 18th century comedy is alive and well in Bristol. WithThe School for Scandalrollicking along at the Tobacco Factory, now George Farquhar’sThe Beaux’ Stratagemhas been dusted off and given an entertaining, lively production as Bristol Old Vic’s second year students head off on a tour of the South West. While Andrew Hilton’s ...

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Back Down – The Drum, Theatre Royal Plymouth

Writer: Steven Camden aka Polarbear Director: Tessa Walker Reviewer: Karen Bussell A gentle Inbetweeners meets Rambo unfolds in Birmingham Rep’s Back Down as Brummie teenage trio Zia, Luke and Tommy head for the dizzy heights ofSnowdonfora boys’ weekend away. Lovelorn Luke (convincingly played by Our Girl’s Dangleberries and Casualty’s Matt, Lawrence Walker) is off toLeedsto study film and his posse ...

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Treats – Brewery Theatre, Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Writer: Christopher Hampton Director: Josey O’Neal Reviewer: Kris Hallett There’s something deeply infuriating about Christopher Hampton’sTreats, the second of four plays in Bristol Old Vic Theatre School’s Directors’ Cuts season. The first impression is that it is the deeply questionable sexual and power politics that has riled, a play that shows a woman actively choosing to go back to her ...

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The Absence of War – Theatre Royal, Bath

Writer: David Hare Director: Jeremy Herrin Reviewer: Claire Hayes David Hare’s forensic examination of the recurring electoral misfortunes of the Labour Party, loosely based on events surrounding the 1992 election, ends its 2015 tour with an election week stopover in Bath. Originally staged back in 1993, The Absence of War follows the fortunes of George Jones, a man who has ...

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Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense – Hall For Cornwall, Truro

Writer: P G Wodehouse Adaptors: The Goodale Brothers Director: Sean Foley Reviewer: Jess Rowe “And he said, ‘Bertie, you should be doing this on the stage!’ So here I am [...] How hard can that be?” Following its successful West End run, Olivier Award winning Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense keeps true to the concept of P G Wodehouse’s ...

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Crouch Touch Pause Engage – Exeter Northcott Theatre, Exeter

Writer: Robin Soans Director: Max Stafford-Clark Reviewer: Joan Phillips In 2009 Gareth Thomas was one of the most successful Welsh rugby players ever - over 100 caps and a string of major trophies and wins. From the outside, his triumphs were formidable. But on the inside, he was tormented by the fact that he was gay and about to be ...

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The Woman in Black – New Theatre, Cardiff

Adapted by: Stephen Mallatratt Writer: Susan Hill Director: Robin Herford Reviewer: Beth Steer Based on the 1983 horror novella by Susan Hill, The Woman in Black is a haunting tale of spectres, mysteries and murders that is truly terrifying when adapted for the stage. Stephen Mallatratt’s adaptation, directed by Robin Herford, plays directly on the story’s gothic elements – an ...

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