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Gaslight – New Theatre, Cardiff

Gaslight Kara Tointon as Bella Manningham; Rupert Young as Jack Manningham

Writer: Patrick Hamilton Director: Anthony Banks   Reviewer: Barbara Michaels A classic Victorian melodrama with psychological undertones, Gaslight was written and first produced in 1939 but has all the elements of the era in which it is set.  Not least of these is the title, which gave rise to the term ‘Gaslighting,’meaning a form of mental abuse – domestic abuse ...

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Gaslight – Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Gaslight Kara Tointon as Bella Manningham; Rupert Young as Jack Manningham

Writer: Patrick Hamilton Director: Anthony Banks Reviewer:  Scott Matthewman There aren't many plays whose names have become part of the dictionary. Patrick Hamilton's psychological melodrama is one of the few, with 'gaslighting' coming to mean the mental abuse that causes someone to doubt their own sanity in the manner that Gaslight's Jack Manningham inflicts on his wife Bella. Indeed, the ...

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Gaslight – New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Gaslight Kara Tointon as Bella Manningham; Rupert Young as Jack Manningham

Writer: Patrick Hamilton Director: Anthony Banks Reviewer:  Selwyn Knight It must be very confusing to be Mrs Manningham. Things happen that she can't explain, trinkets going missing and then reappearing in her sewing box. Her husband is losing patience with her lapses of memory. The maid laughs at her behind her back. And why do the gaslights in their home ...

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After Miss Julie – Milton Keynes Theatre

After Miss Julie

Writer : Patrick Marber after August Strindberg Director:Anthony Banks Reviewer: Maggie Constable Milton Keynes Theatre hosts Patrick Marber’s adaptation of Strindberg’s 1888 masterpiece Miss Julie this week. The award-winning After Miss Julie changes both the time and the location of the original, the events taking place in an English country house very soon after the famous landslide Labour victory of ...

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After Miss Julie – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

After Miss Julie

Writer : Patrick Marber after August Strindberg Director:Anthony Banks Reviewer: Steve Turner 'I have been unfaithful to the original' admits Patrick Marber about his adaptation of Strindberg’s late 19thCentury play Miss Julie. This highly acclaimed work is not a translation of the original, more a relocation both geographically and temporally, the setting now moved to an English country house just ...

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Raz – Lowry, Salford

Writer: Jim Cartwright Director: Anthony Banks Reviewer: Jo Beggs Shane lives for the weekend, for the moment when he puts on his pristine new shirt at the end of a week in filthy overalls. Too old to be living at home, to be told by his mum not to go out drinking on an empty stomach, Shane’s ready for a ...

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Raz – Assembly George Square, Edinburgh

Writer: Jim Cartwright Director: Anthony Banks Reviewer: John Roberts Assembly and Riverside Studios have commissioned Jim Cartwright to produce a new play for this year's Edinburgh Fringe. The result is Raz, a 50 minute monologue looking at the weekend lifestyle of a modern thirty-something male and his friends during a typical night out in Manchester. Raz is nothing groundbreaking, it's ...

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The Hotel Plays – Langham Hotel, London

Writer: Tennessee Williams Director: Anthony Banks, James Hillier, Jonathan Humphreys Reviewer: Ian Foster A soldier on leave, a lover in the cupboard, an actress in her dotage; newlyweds, mistresses, hucksters; satin pyjamas, warm croissants, endless liquor. Such is the stuff of many a hotel and in the plush surroundings of the Langham, London, all of the above and more can ...

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