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The March on Russia – Orange Tree Theatre, London

Writer: David Storey Director: Alice Hamilton Reviewer: Richard Maguire Until this year, theatre reviewers had to exercise caution when it came to writing about David Storey plays. Reliable rumour has it that back in 1976 Storey slapped The Guardian’s Michael Billington around the head after he had written a particularly sniffy review of Storey’s new play. In fact, there’s very ...

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The Odyssey: Missing Presumed Dead – Northcott Theatre, Exeter

The Odyssey by Simon Armitage

Writer: Simon Armitage Director: Nick Bagnall Reviewer: Christy Ku   “Grief for the missing is worse than the grief for the dead.” A high-ranking government minister is sent abroad to Istanbul as a representative on a diplomatic mission. Smith is a man who has already missed too many birthdays and hospital visits, been too absent from home, when a bar ...

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The Odyssey: Missing Presumed Dead – Everyman Theatre, Liverpool

The Odyssey by Simon Armitage

Writer: Simon Armitage Director: Nick Bagnall Reviewer: May Mellstrom Having previously collaborated on The Last Days of Troy - an adaptation of Homer’s The Iliad - poet and playwright Simon Armitage and director Nick Bagnall have turned their attention to the sequel, Odyssey and produced a bold and witty re-imagining of the classic poem. Beginning in present-day Britain, government minister ...

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Britannia Waves the Rules – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Writer: Gareth Farr Director: Nick Bagnall Reviewer: May Mellstrom In the programme notes for his debut play, Britannia Waves the Rules, playwright Gareth Farr recalls an early meeting in which he was told to ‘put this play in a drawer and forget about it’. Thankfully others disagreed; with Farr awarded the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting in 2011 and The Royal ...

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The Misanthrope – Theatre Royal, Brighton

Writer: Moliere Adapter: Roger McGough Director: Gemma Bodinetz Reviewer: Bill Avenell [rating: 5] Reviewing Moliere at the Theatre Royal Brighton is child’s play. Just think of superlatives and add them to the names in the programme. Last year The English Touring Theatre production of Tartuffe was an excellent show but it will take a very good one to beat The ...

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The Misanthrope – Exeter Northcott Theatre

Writer: Molière (adapted by Roger McGough) Director: Gemma Bodinetz Reviewer: Joan Phillips [Rating:4] Don’t miss English Touring Theatre’s production of The Misanthrope running at Exeter Northcott. A fun, witty, stunning and thoughtful night is guaranteed.Molière’s classic 17th century play tells the story of Alceste, a wealthy society character recognised for his poetry and rhyming skills. However, he is appalled by ...

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The Misanthrope – Oxford Playhouse

Writer: Moliere, adapted by Roger McGough Director: Gemma Bodinetz Reviewer: Mary Tapper [Rating:4.5] A society full of corruption and deceit where you progress depending on who you know and by flattering and currying favour with others. Sound familiar? Despite being written in 1666, Moliere’s play remains as relevant today as ever, and, with the talented Roger McGough rewriting it with ...

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The Misanthrope – Liverpool Playhouse

Writer: Moliere Adaptor: Roger McGough Director: Gemma Bodinetz Reviewer: David Noble [rating:4] In his third foray into the work of Molière, Roger McGough last night tackled what is commonly considered the famous playwright’s best work; as you would expect, an adaptation by McGough was always going to be brimming with wordplay and wit, and The Misanthrope did not disappoint. From ...

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