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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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Queen Coal – Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

Writer: Bryony Lavery Director: Robert Shaw Cameron Reviewer: Sheila Stratford Thirty years on from the Miners’ strike in Yorkshire, the life changing effect on the families and their communities still lives on. Queen Coal explores two women’s response to events and how they reacted to the death and funeral of Margaret Thatcher. The playwright, Bryony Lavery and the director Robert ...

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Frozen – theSpace on North Bridge, Edinburgh

Writer: Bryony Lavery Director: Liam Blain Reviewer: Danielle Shields In 1998 Bryony Lavery introduced her controversial playFrozenat the Birmingham Repertory Theatre. Out of Town Productions have returned to the Fringe this year with their interpretation on the Tony Award nominated drama which asks us: is it possible to forgive the actions of a serial killer? Three lives are affected and ...

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More Light – Unity Theatre, Liverpool

Writer: Bryony Lavery Director: Abbie Rippon Reviewer: Ainsley Brolly Priestley College’s Respiration Theatre Company come together to perform this ambitious play which deals with themes of sisterhood, survival instinct and learning how to truly live. “More Light” tells of a Chinese Emperor who is buried in an underground tomb, along with his concubines, waiting for death to take them too. ...

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