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Brighton Rock – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Writer: Bryony Lavery, from the book by Graham Greene Director: Esther Richardson Reviewer: Selwyn Knight There’s a power vacuum in Brighton’s underworld. Gangleader Kite is dead and the remains of his gang are in thrall to Pinkie. Just 17, Pinkie is a natural leader for the gang, ruthless and cunning, but can he win over Kite’s protection clients or will they ...

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Brighton Rock –  Brighton Theatre Royal

Writer: Graham Greene Adaptor: Bryony Lavery Director: Esther Richardson Reviewer: Cathy Swaby Playwright Bryony Lavery’s adaptation of Graham Greene’s 1938 novel Brighton Rock is a haunting, stylish masterpiece, which leads the audience on a journey of life and death, good versus evil, and the angst of youth. Lavery, who’s most well-known play Frozen is re-running in London theatres, has cleverly ...

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Brighton Rock – Theatre Royal, York

Writer: Graham Greene Adapter: Bryony Lavery Director: Esther Richardson Composer: Hannah Peel Designer: Sara Perks Lighting: Aideen Malone Reviewer: Ron Simpson Brighton Rock presents many problems to the maker of a stage adaptation. Apart from a considerable roster of characters named and unnamed, its emphasis on violence, often for its own sake, and Greene’s use of Catholic theology and the ...

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Treasure Island – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Some of the company of Treasure Island

Writer: Bryony Lavery, from the book by Robert Louis Stevenson Director: Phillip Breen Reviewer: Selwyn Knight As Robert Louis Stevenson said of Treasure Island, “it [is] a story for boys … women were excluded”, and its cast of characters certainly bears that out. But history also tells us that 18th-century women did do physical work and were even pirates. It ...

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Brideshead Revisited, Richmond Theatre, London

English Touring Theatre's Brideshead Revisited

Writer: Evelyn Waugh Adaptor: Bryony Lavery Director: Damian Cruden Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Evelyn Waugh's 1945 novel Brideshead Revisited is probably better known, and more beloved, because of the sumptuous 1981 ITV adaptation by John Mortimer than because of the novel itself. Even Waugh, writing in 1950, described the gluttony of its pre-war nostalgia as "distasteful". But a half century on, ...

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Brideshead Revisited – Theatre Royal, Bath

English Touring Theatre's Brideshead Revisited

Writer: Evelyn Waugh Adaptor: Bryony Lavery Director: Damian Cruden Reviewer: Claire Hayes   Evelyn Waugh’s captivating novel of the privileged but doomed Flyte family, as retold through the memories of Captain Charles Ryder, is given a bold and striking pared-back treatment in English Touring Theatre’s new production. It promises much, yet doesn’t quite deliver to that promise. Set in that ...

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A Christmas Carol – Chichester Festival Theatre, Chichester

The cast of Chichester Theatre's A Christmas Carol

Writer: Charles Dickens adapted byBryony Lavery Directors: Dale Rooks and Jake Smith Reviewer: Jo Payne It is rare to see such a stunning piece of theatre among professional productions nowadays; let alone from an entirely youthful cast. From the first view of the exquisite set and the hauntingly sharp opening, right through to the delightfully heart-warming close, it is clear ...

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The Hundred and One Dalmatians – Chichester Festival Theatre, Chichester

Writer: Dodie Smith Adaptor: Brynony Lavery Director: Dale Rooks Composer: Matthew Scott Reviewer: Rosanna Sloan   The much loved Disney film, The Hundred and One Dalmatians, is brought to life on stage by Chichester Youth Theatre, with over 120 people in the cast. It tells the story of villain Cruella De Vil and her dastardly plot to turn the Dearly’s ...

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