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Talking Heads: Susan, Doris & Irene – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer – Alan Bennett Directors: James Brining, Amy Leach & John R Wilkinson Reviewer: Jay Nuttall It has been thirty years since the BBC commissioned a series of single voice plays from Leeds playwright Alan Bennett for BBC 2. These televisual treats became iconic, won BAFTAs, spawned a second volume of monologues and have been performed in theatres ever since. ...

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Talking Heads: Graham, Peggy and Muriel – West Yorkshire Playhouse

Writer: Alan Bennett Directors: James Brining, Amy Leach, John R. Wilkinson Designer: Laura Ann Price Reviewer: Ron Simpson As West Yorkshire Playhouse prepares to close for a major refurbishment Artistic Director James Brining has opted to end with an appropriate, rather than original, choice of play, saving the originality for a performance schedule that re-affirms the theatre’s commitment to the ...

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BRIGHTON FRINGE: Waiting for Gandalf – Sweet Werks 1

Writer: Adrian Marks Reviewer: Simon Topping It is 2003 as the audience join the queue to meet Gandalf for the upcoming signing of the official movie companion to The Two Towers, due to take place the following day.  Front of the line is Kevin Brook, self-confessed fanatic of all things Lord of the Rings, a seemingly unassuming young man in ...

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Talking Heads – Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Writer: Alan Bennett Director: Ben Occhipinti Reviewer: May Mellstrom Alan Bennett's series Talking Heads showcased the art of the monologue on television to great acclaim; here, three of those mini-masterpieces make the leap from screen to stage in the Octagon's quietly captivating production. The television format has its benefits, camera close-ups provide a window into each characters world that the ...

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40 Years On – Chichester Festival Theatre

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Writer: Alan Bennett Director: Daniel Evans Reviewer: Simon Topping This is Daniel Evans’ first outing for Chichester Festival theatre as their new artistic director and in his selection of Alan Bennett’s first foray into full-length playwriting, Forty Years On, the audience are treated to an excellent selection of amusing and poignant set pieces that capture the past. It is 1968 and ...

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Untold Stories – The Watermill Theatre, Newbury

Writer: Alan Bennett Director:Tom Attenborough Reviewer: Mary Scriven   Alan Bennett is undoubtedly one of Britain’s favourite writers, regarded by many as one of our best- loved National Treasures, and Untold Stories, now playing at The Watermill, as its title conveys, gives an entertaining means of getting to know him better. Untold Stories comprises two short plays, and the first, ...

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Single Spies – Lyceum, Sheffield

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Writer: Alan Bennett Director: Rachel Kavanaugh Reviewer: Sheila Stratford A wonderful double bill, Single Spies is not about espionage. It focuses on two individuals from the famous Cambridge Five, a ring of spies recruited in the 1930s. The plays explore the lonely isolation of Guy Burgess in An Englishman Abroad and Anthony Blunt in A Question of Attribution. When Alan ...

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Single Spies – The Grand, Leeds

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Writer: Alan Bennett Director: Rachel Kavanaugh Designer: Peter McKintosh Reviewer: Ron Simpson In his writing, Alan Bennett has a productive relationship with fact, from recycling his own life to re-imagining history. Single Spies consists of two one-act plays, one of them originally a television drama, which fit together neatly in terms of tone, casting and theme. However, their relationship to ...

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