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Brief Encounter – Empire Cinema Haymarket, London

Writer: Noël Coward Adaptor/Director: Emma Rice Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Noël Coward’s 1938 film Brief Encounter, as directed by David Lean, is often rightly cited amongst the most romantic films of all time. An expanded version of Coward’s short stage play Still Life, the story of Laura and Alec, two genteel, starched people relaxing while in each other’s company and out ...

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Brief Encounter – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Writer: Noël Coward, adapted by Emma Rice Director: Emma Rice Reviewer: Selwyn Knight David Lean’s 1945 film, Brief Encounter, scripted by Nöel Coward, is often towards the top of Best Films of … lists, and deservedly so. The combination of the story of two people trapped in their predictable middle-class lives who glimpse a possible escape caught the imagination of ...

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Dead Dog In A Suitcase (and other love songs) – Everyman, Liverpool

Writer: Carl Grose Music: Charles Hazlewood Director: Mike Shepherd Reviewer: Stephen M Hornby A menacing stage picture greets the audience on arrival. Blackened scaffolding can be seen through the fog that hangs mid-air. It stretches from floor to ceiling, suggested a skyline of polluted brick in a broken city. Figures mill about in the shadows of the stage and around ...

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Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other Love Songs) – HOME, Manchester

  Writer: Carl Grose Music: Charles Hazlewood Director: Mike Shepherd Reviewer: Katherine Kirwin   Kneehigh burst onto the stage at HOME in their recognisably energetic, playful style and dragged us into their dark musical portraying a world hanging by a thread. Dead Dog in a Suitcase is based on John Gay’s A Beggar’s Opera and Brecht’s The Threepenny Opera and ...

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Peter Pan- Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, London

Writer: J. M. Barrie Director: Timothy Sheader, Liam Steel Reviewer: Cavelle Leigh   J.M Barrie’s Peter Pan is a quintessential children’s classic, about a boy, who like most of us, doesn’t really want to grow up. Wendy (Kae Alexander), John (Patrick Osborne) and Michael (Thomas Dennis) live their lives quite non-extraordinarily until one day Peter Pan (Hiran Abeyseykera) turns up, ...

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James And The Giant Peach – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Roald Dahl Adaptor: David Wood Director: Max Webster Reviewer: Rosie Revell Leave reality behind at the door and join James for the adventure of a lifetime. James Henry Trotter (Chris Lew Kum Hoi) had the saddest life possible. His parents were eaten by a rhinoceros while shopping in London. He was then sent to live with his aunts Sponge ...

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Much Ado About Nothing – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Maria Aberg Reviewer: John Roberts The Royal Exchange has always had a great reputation for their yearly Shakespeare productions. There is an element of respecting the words carefully crafted by The Bard and injecting them with an accessible sense of modernity and delivered by a strong ensemble cast and on the whole this is exactly what ...

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Soho Cinders – Soho Theatre, London

Writer: Anthony Drewe and Elliot Davis Music: George Stiles Lyrics: Anthony Drewe Choreographer: Drew McOnie Director: Jonathan Butterell Reviewer: Paul Thurtle [rating:5]   With a panto-style title like ‘Soho Cinders’ you could be forgiven for thinking that Stiles &Drewe’s new musical is a ‘It’s behind you’ camp, men in drag romp. Actually it is a very moving story told by ...

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