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Trying It On – The DOOR, Birmingham REP

Writer: David Edgar Director: Christopher Haydon Reviewer: Selwyn Knight David Edgar is 70 this year. Simple subtraction shows that he was 20 in 1968, the year known for student unrest and demonstrations across the world. And while Edgar didn’t take part in demonstrations, he was nevertheless beating the socialist drum as chair of the Socialist Society (or “SocSoc”) at Manchester ...

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The Caretaker – Bristol Old Vic

Writer: Harold Pinter Director: Christopher Haydon Designer: Oliver Townsend Reviewer: Leah Tozer Harold Pinter's inspiration for his tragicomic play The Caretaker was seeing two men in the same room, acting separately and in isolation, 'a moment frozen in time'. Director Christopher Haydon and designer Oliver Townsend's set for Bristol Old Vic and Royal & Derngate, Northampton's production, on display as the audience ...

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Diary Of A Madman – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Al Smith Director: Christopher Haydon Reviewer: Fergus Morgan Al Smith's Diary Of A Madman is arguably the cherry on the top of the Traverse Theatre's Fringe. Staged in conjunction with Notting Hill's Gate Theatre, this loose adaptation of Nikolai Gogol's 1835 short story is sublimely topical, burning with a potent cocktail of caustic humour and socio-political anger and boasting ...

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NEWS: Christopher Haydon to step down from Gate Theatre

After five years at the helm of London's Gate Theatre, Christopher Haydon has today, [14 July 2016], announced he will step down as Artistic Director in January 2017. Haydon will continue programming the Gate up until May 2017, with his last season being announced in late 2016. The post of Artistic Director at the Gate Theatre will be advertised shortly. ...

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The Christians – Gate Theatre, London

Writer: Lucas Hnath Director: Christopher Haydon Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Anybody brought up in a Christian tradition of Sunday School and regular church visits will be familiar with the parables of the Gospels. For some young people it is their first real encounter with the morality tale, self-contained stories with a clear-cut moral that should be applied to real life. And ...

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The Christians – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Lucas Hnath Director: Christopher Haydon Reviewer: John Roberts Going from a 75 seat fringe venue in London, to a large regional venue and still keep the tight intimacy needed for a show such as The Christians is no easy feat, but The Gate Theatre manage to pull it off with thought provoking aplomb. Lucas Hnath’s production at surface level, ...

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Twelve Angry Men – Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Writer: Reginald Rose Director: Christopher Haydon Designer: Michael Pavelka Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Reginald Rose's enduring 1950s classic Twelve Angry Men still has the power to enthrall 70 years on. Now touring the UK, fresh on the heels of an extended run in the West End. The play follows the deliberations of an all-male, all-white jury in the (at first glance) ...

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Twelve Angry Men – The Grand, Leeds

Writer: Reginald Rose Director: Christopher Haydon Reviewer: Sheila Stratford Set in the 1950s, Twelve Angry Men follows the deliberations of a jury at the trial of a delinquent 16 year old. He is being tried for the murder of his father. The play exposes the assumptions, prejudices and emotions of the jurists locked in a room in New York on ...

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