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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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Shadowlands – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Shadowlands cast sat around a table having tea

Writer: William Nicholson Director: Alastair Whatley Reviewer: Laura-Jane Bateman In 1952, writer and Oxford fellow C. S. Lewis met Joy Gresham, an American poet with whom he had been corresponding for several years. William Nicholson’s play Shadowlands, adapted by the author in 1989 from his 1985 television film of the same name, chronicles the true story of the couple’s eight-year ...

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King Lear – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Don Warrington as King Lear

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Michael Buffong Reviewer: James Garrington This year marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, and so it is almost inevitable that his works will be seen even more than usual. In particular, there seem to be an awful lot of Lears about, and alongside this production,there is another currently doing the rounds until the summer, closely ...

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Invincible – The STUDIO, Birmingham REP

Invincible - Graeme Brookes, Kerry Bennett, Alastair Whatley - (c) Jack Ladenburg

Writer: Torben Betts Director: Christopher Harper Reviewer: Selwyn Knight What happens when an irresistible force meets an immovable object? The Original Theatre Company seeks to look at that question in Invincible. Take Emily, our irresistible force. She has enjoyed all the benefits of being well-off and middle-class. She is able to indulge her passion for painting and her extreme left-wing ...

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Made Up – The DOOR, Birmingham REP

Alexis Tuttle as Sue and Emily Holyoake as Kate in Made Up

Director and writer: James Yarker Reviewer: James Garrington Stan’s Cafe has never been a company content with producing mundane or obvious theatre: and their latest piece, Made Up, fits the same mould. The piece is set in the make-up room of a film set, where young film star Kate (Emily Holyoake) is being made up. She is insecure and scared. ...

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