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Cyrano – New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-Under-Lyme

Writer: Edmond Rostand Adaptor: Deborah McAndrew Director: Conrad Nelson Reviewer: Matthew Bagnall Both heart-warming and heart-breaking in equal measure, this adaptation of Edmond Rostand’s play Cyrano de Bergerac is a poetic delight. Taking a classic and reimagining it into a culturally relevant piece of art is no mean feat, yet Northern Broadsides consistently achieve this through their adaptations. Cyrano is ...

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Henceforward – New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-Under-Lyme

Writer/Director: Alan Ayckbourn Reviewer: Carol Lovatt Henceforward is a dark, clever and uncompromising story about the interplay between humans and machines. Set in the studio of a deep and artistic man, Jerome, a father, a musician and a tortured soul, it focuses on his quest to win back his estranged daughter from her dominant and caustic mother and the depths ...

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Consuming Passions: Repercussions – the Bistro at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

Writer: Alan Ayckbourn Director: Alan Ayckbourn Designer: Kevin Jenkins Reviewer: Ron Simpson The welcome news at Scarborough is that the lunch-time plays in the Bistro have returned. Nowhere does better than the Stephen Joseph in supplying a varied summer programme for the theatrically inclined holiday-maker. At the moment a total of four premieres, including a children’s play, are running alongside ...

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The Merry Wives – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Barrie Rutter Reviewer: Jo Beggs Sir John Falstaff is past his prime. But despite living alone above an ale-house and about as out of shape as a man can be, his vanity is still pretty intact. When he attempts to seduce not one, but two married women he sets himself up as the target for some ...

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The Winter’s Tale – Liverpool Playhouse

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Conrad Nelson Reviewer: Jamie Gaskin This is a tale of two halves. In the first, King Leontes gets the vaguest hint that his pregnant wife, Queen Hermione, has cuckolded him and is carrying his best friend King Polixenes’ child. It festers into deep suspicion and eventually spirals into an obsession. An obsession that destroys the happiness ...

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A Government Inspector – Harrogate Theatre

Writer: Nikolai Gogol, adapted by Deborah McAndrew Director and Composer: Conrad Nelson Designer: Dawn Allsopp Reviewer: Katie Lee [rating:3] ‘If you did it, deny it’ forms the translation of the motto of this small Pennine town. A Yorkshire setting, created by Deborah McAndrew, provides an intriguing holiday home for Gogol’s classic tale of corruption and bribery. After beginning his career ...

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