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Tosca – The Lyceum, Sheffield

Composer: Giacomo Puccini Director: Blanche McIntyre Conductor: Michael Rosewell Designer : Florence de Maré Reviewer: Sheila Stratford Love, passion, menace, lust, revenge, intrigue and murder; Puccini's opera Tosca has it all. These great passions lead to great misery. Set in Rome around the 1800s, Floria Tosca, a famous singer, and her lover, the artist Cavaradossi, become embroiled in the political ...

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Noises Off – Nottingham Playhouse

Patrick Osborne (Garry), Carla Mendonça (Dotty), Sophia Nomvete (Brooke), Orlando Wells (Lloyd) and Ritu Arya (Poppy) in Noises Off

Writer: Michael Frayn Director: Blanche McIntyre Reviewer: Laura Jayne Bateman Noises Off is often hailed as the funniest play ever written. Starting life in 1977 as a one-act play called Exits, playwright Michael Frayn then developed the show into Noises Off in time for its London premiere in 1982. It has since been seen regularly in the West End and ...

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The Oresteia – HOME, Manchester

Writer: Aeschylus Adaptor: Ted Hughes Director: Blanche McIntyre Reviewer: Dave Cunningham If you’re a theatregoer there are certain types of play that you feel obliged to experience. As the Greeks pretty much introduced theatre to the western world their tragedies are high on the list; but this doesn't make them easy to watch. Aeschylus’ The Oresteia, with themes including the ...

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As You Like It – Shakespeare’s Globe, London

  Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Blanche McIntyre Reviewer: Maryam Philpott   As You Like It isn’t one of Shakespeare’s better plays, although it is a very popular one. Its narrative is rather thin and most of the characters lack a rounded depth - that is not to say it is a bad play but the comedies are in some ways ...

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Arcadia – New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Writer: Tom Stoppard Director: Blanche McIntyre Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Plenty of hyperbole surrounds Tom Stoppard’s play, Arcadia. Having won the 1993 Olivier Award for Best New Play, it went on to be nominated for Tonys and even made the Royal Institution’s shortlist for the best science book ever written, losing out on that occasion to Primo Levi’s The Periodic Table. ...

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Arcadia – Hall For Cornwall, Truro

Writer: Tom Stoppard Director: Blanche McIntyre Reviewer: Jess Rowe “The future is disorder... It's the best possible time to be alive, when almost everything you thought you knew is wrong.” No greater words could sum up English Touring Theatre and Theatre Royal Brighton’s UK tour of Arcadia, where incorrect assumptions and their humorously chaotic outcomes for the characters are readily ...

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Arcadia – Aylesbury Waterside

Writer: Tom Stoppard Director: Blanche McIntyre Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Tom Stoppard’s most popular play came fourth in a recent English Touring Theatre poll to find the nation’s most famous play, so it unsurprising to see the company touring this revival. Set in a Derbyshire stately home, action starts in the early 19th Century, with the precocious 13-year-old Thomasina (Dakota Blue ...

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Arcadia – Theatre Royal, Brighton

Writer: Tom Stopppard Director: Blanche McIntyre Reviewer: Michael Hootman To say that Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia is a play of ideas would be to understate the case. Ideas bounce about the stage in a steady profusion: from free will to chaos theory, to the heat death of the universe, to the very meaning of life (“it’s wanting to know that makes ...

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