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Pride and Prejudice – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Matthew Kelly & Felicity Montagu as Mr& Mrs Bennet in Pride and Prejudice

Writer: Simon Reade from the book by Jane Austen Director: Deborah Bruce Reviewer: Clare White It might be over 200 years old but Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice remains one of the most popular novels in English literature, selling over 20 million copies and spawning numerous adaptations, including the popular 1995 BBC series starring Colin Firth. Following sell-out performances in London, ...

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What Shadows – The STUDIO, Birmingham REP

Ian McDiarmid as Enoch Powell, delivering his Rivers of Blood speech

Writer: Chris Hannan Director: Roxana Silbert Reviewer: Selwyn Knight The Swinging Sixties were known for many things – the sexual revolution and the rise of protests on the streets being among them. And towards the end, in Birmingham in 1968, a speech by a local Member of Parliament caused a storm that is still felt today. Enoch Powell was a ...

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The Exorcist – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Adam Garcia as Father Damien Karras Clare Louise Connolly as Regan and Peter Bowles as Father Merrin in The Exorcist

Writer: John Pielmeyer from the novel by William Peter Blatty Director: Sean Mathias Reviewer: Nicole Evans 1973, the year the film-world was shaken by the arrival of what was dubbed by some as the scariest horror film of all time. By today's standards the gore and effects of The Exorcist compare to that of a prime-time television show, but in ...

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946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Writer: Michael Morpurgo Director: Emma Rice Reviewer: Hannah Powell A mesmerising tale following the adventures of a little twelve-year-old girl and her cat, Tips, 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips is an explosion of physical theatre, dance, projection, puppetry and more. The classic Michael Morpurgo story is brought vividly to life transporting the audience to 1943 and the small ...

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The Importance of Being Earnest – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Edward Franklin, Cathy Tyson, Darren Bennett, Martha Mackintosh and Fela Lufadeju in The Importance of Being Earnest

Writer: Oscar Wilde Director: Nikolai Foster Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Does Wilde’s witty masterpiece have anything new left to say to 21stCentury theatregoers having been regularly performed and revived in the years since its first performances at the tail end of the 19th? In this Birmingham REP and Curve, Leicester co-production, director Nikolai Foster and designer Isla Shaw certainly think so ...

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Beyond Caring – Birmingham REP

James Doherty (Phil), Janet Etuk (Grace), Luke Clarke (Ian), Kristin Hutchinson (Susan) in Alexander Zeldin's Beyond Caring

Writer: Alexander Zeldin through devising with the company Director:Alexander Zeldin Reviewer: Selwyn Knight We’re on the stage in the main house at Birmingham REP, though actually working that out is quite tricky. It’s all rather disorienting – we’ve been led through narrow and dimly lit corridors to sit in what feels like an industrial space. We’re sitting within the performance ...

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The Quiet House – Park Theatre,London

Writer: Gareth Farr Director: Tessa Walker Reviewer:Stephen Bates Who would ever want kids? As infants, they fill the house with noise and then they grow to become uncontrollable delinquents. Gareth Farr begins his play, first seen at Birmingham Repertory Theatre, with these propositions and then tells us how the couple around which it centres want nothing more in the world ...

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The Quiet House – The DOOR, Birmingham REP

Michelle Bonnard as Jess in The Quiet House

Writer: Gareth Farr Director: Tessa Walker Reviewer: Mattie Bagnall The Quiet House is not so quiet after all. This bold, dramatic piece of new writing by Gareth Farr is brought to life in a compelling and gripping way by director Tessa Walker. Upon entering The DOOR the audience is greeted by a stylish, contemporary studio flat; but fear not, you ...

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