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NEWS: 15th Verity Bargate Award Launches

Now in its 33rd year, Soho Theatre has today launched the 15th Verity Bargate Award (VBA), the biennial competition to uncover the best new play by an emerging UK writer. The winner, announced in early November will receive £6000 in respect of an exclusive option to produce the winning play on Soho Theatre’s stage, directed by Artistic Director, Steve Marmion. ...

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All My Sons – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Writer: Arthur Miller Director: Michael Buffong Reviewer: James Garrington Family relationships, secrets and suspicions, tragedy. These are the staple ingredients of much of Arthur Miller’s work, and All My Sons fits the mould perfectly. In this, Miller’s centenary year, it is inevitable that a lot of Miller’s work will be appearing around the country, and it is pleasing to see ...

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Back Down – The DOOR, Birmingham REP

Writer: Steve Camden Director: Tessa Walker Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Luke and his improbably named girlfriend Leia are off to university in Leeds, a long way from their homes in Birmingham, and leaving their old lives behind - as Luke often says, ‘A new chapter…’. Luke’s best friends from school, Zia and Tommy, decide to give him memorable send-off – they ...

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The King’s Speech – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Writer: David Seidler Director: Roxana Silbert Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Set around the time of the abdication crisis of the mid-thirties, The King’s Speech tells the story of how an ill-prepared stammerer became king and, against the odds, a respected and loved figure during wartime. On the surface, it is just that – as writer David Seidler says, ‘[it], really, is ...

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The Honey Man – The DOOR, Birmingham REP

Writer: Tyrone Huggins Director: Emma Bernard Reviewer: Selwyn Knight The path that The Honey Man seeks to tread is a well-worn one; two different mindsets collide and gradually learn from each other, with both being the richer for it. In this instance, we have the enigmatic Honey Man, an elderly West Indian man living alone in an almost derelict hut ...

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Harvey – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Writer: Mary Chase Director: Lindsay Posner Reviewer: James Garrington Elwood P. Dowd is a very pleasant man. In fact, he tells us that in this world you have to be either smart or pleasant, and he recommends pleasant. He has only one flaw – he spends his time drinking with his friend, who happens to be a large, invisible (to ...

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WHAT’S HOT: Week Beginning Monday 2nd February 2015

Kris Hallett looks at the best of the UK's theatre in this week's round-up which includes revivals of some modern classics, as well as some fresh new adaptations alongside a sprinkling of new productions. Harvey- Birmingham Rep Already announced to play in the West End, Mary Chase’s comedy about a man with a friendship with a six foot tall rabbit ...

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Peter Pan Goes Wrong – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Writers: Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, Henry Shields Director: Adam Meggido Reviewer: James Garrington Many of us have, at some time or another, seen a production that’s so bad that it makes us want to laugh at it. Instead we sit there and cringe with embarrassment, then applaud politely before making a swift escape at the end. Well, Peter Pan Goes ...

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