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Guys and Dolls – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Book: Jo Swerling & Abe Burrows Music & Lyrics: Frank Loesser Director:  Michael Buffong Reviewer: May Mellstrom The Christmas production at the Royal Exchange is always a highlight of the festive period, providing a welcome alternative in the panto season.  Widely regarded as one of the finest Broadway musicals of all time, Guys and Dolls can hardly be considered a ...

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A Raisin in the Sun – Liverpool Playhouse

Walter and Ruth sat at kitchen table

Writer: Lorraine Hansberry Director: Dawn Walton Reviewer: Abbie Rippon Set in Chicago in the late 1950s, Lorraine Hansberry’s thought provoking, iconic play A Raisin in the Sun is an intense and fiery script which gives the audience a glimpse of family life for the black community of the Windy City just before the Civil Rights Movement came into force. In ...

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A Raisin in the Sun – Nuffield Theatre, Southampton

Walter and Ruth sat at kitchen table

Writer: Lorraine Hansberry Director: Dawn Walton Reviewer: Sharon MacDonald-Armitage   Lorraine Hansbury’s A Raisin in the Sun may have been written in 1959 but the questions it raises about family relationships, poverty and the dream of bettering oneself by owning your own home ring as true today as they did then. This is the story of the Younger family and ...

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A Raisin In The Sun – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Alisha Bailey and Ashley Zhangazha

Writer: Lorraine Hansberry Director: Dawn Walton Reviewer: Paul Couch   Essentially, Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin In The Sun is a magnificent soap opera in the best tradition of the genre, no more, no less. That’s not to detract from its quality in any way but anyone hoping for some cerebral, social metaphors is likely to be disappointed. It’s a neat, ...

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Ah, Wilderness! – Young Vic, London

Writer: Eugene O’Neill Director: Natalie Abrahami Reviewer: Edie Ranvier Eugene O’Neill, Nobel and quadruple-Pulitzer prize-winning American playwright, has 50 plays to his name; but Ah, Wilderness! is his only comedy. Yes, a comedy with a seam of darkness in it so wide that it’s constantly threatening to become a coalfield – but a comedy nonetheless. It’s with this rare beast, ...

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Venice Preserv’d – Paynes and Borthwick Wharf, London

Writer: Thomas Otway Director: Charlotte Westenra Reviewer: Nichola Daunton New company the Spectators’ Guild, aim to do for London theatre what Secret Cinema have done for film. Producer Harry Ross and production designer Helen Scarlett O’Neill have previously worked on Secret Cinema projects so they have experience of sniffing out abandoned or partially constructed venues. For their first outing, a ...

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Fences – Duchess Theatre, London

Writer: August Wilson Director: Paulette Randall Reviewer: Harry Stern [rating:3.5] It is only when Lenny Henry leaves the stage of this absorbing drama of an extended family, living and loving in the Pittsburg of second half of the last century, that you realise the extent of the intensity and raw power of his performance. While he is present he dominates ...

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Macbeth – Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

Writer: William Shakespeare Music: Richard Taylor Director: Daniel Evans Reviewer: Jim Gillespie [rating:3.5] The devil is in the detail, and much of the detail is often stripped from the Scottish play to better tune it to modern secular sensibilities. In this striking restoration of some of the more obvious demonology in the play, the Crucible has redressed the balance between ...

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