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Cyrano – New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-Under-Lyme

Writer: Edmond Rostand Adaptor: Deborah McAndrew Director: Conrad Nelson Reviewer: Matthew Bagnall Both heart-warming and heart-breaking in equal measure, this adaptation of Edmond Rostand’s play Cyrano de Bergerac is a poetic delight. Taking a classic and reimagining it into a culturally relevant piece of art is no mean feat, yet Northern Broadsides consistently achieve this through their adaptations. Cyrano is ...

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The Mountaintop – New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-Under-Lyme

New Vic's revival of The Mountain Top

Writer: Katori Hall Director: Abbey Wright Reviewer: Matthew Bagnall 4th April 1968. The death of Martin Luther King. We know a great deal about King’s influence on the civil rights movement during this period but this play imagines a bold and creative version of events leading up to his assassination. The New Vic Theatre are becoming renowned for their innovative ...

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Kiss Me Quickstep – New Vic Theatre, Newcastle Under Lyme

Production photo of Kiss Me Quick Step

Writer: Amanda Whittington Director: Theresa Heskins Reviewer: Matthew Bagnall “Who knows what really goes on in a marriage?” Blackpool. The home of traditional British holidays and now the British Ballroom Championships. This new play by Amanda Whittington (well known for Be My Baby among others) isn’t about dancing at all. Directed by Theresa Heskins in a co-production with Oldham Coliseum, ...

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Dracula – New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme

Writer: Bram Stoker Director and Adaptor: Theresa Heskins Reviewer: Matthew Bagnall “You have the vampire’s blood!” Halloween has come early in Newcastle-under-Lyme. The New Vic Theatre have excelled with their adaptation of Bram Stoker’s classic Dracula. Directing her first production since the highly acclaimed run of The Borrowers, Theresa Heskins intelligently combines a multitude of creative ideas from live sound ...

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Bell, Book and Candle – New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme

Writer: John Van Druten Director: Gwenda Hughes Reviewer: Matthew Bagnall   “I’m just human!” If you’re after a different kind of play - the enchanting, magical and spell bounding type then Bell, Book and Candle just might be for you! This American play by John van Druten is very rarely staged in the United Kingdom. It is certainly different, but ...

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The Borrowers – New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme

Writer: Mary Norton Director and Adaptor: Theresa Heskins Reviewer: Matthew Bagnall “Borrowing beyond all dreams of borrowing. Borrowing beyond your wildest dreams!” The festive season is always a magical time at the New Vic Theatre, and they haven’t disappointed with their stage adaptation of a family classic; The Borrowers. Set with the task of telling the story of a group ...

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Ghosts- The New Vic, Newcastle under Lyme

Writer: Henrik Ibsen Adaptor: Richard Eyre Director: Abbey Wright Reviewer: Matthew Jackson Adultery, religious rebellion and a secret love child: you can see why this is arguably Isben’s most controversial play. Years after Captain Alving died, his son Oswald returns home to see his mother in their family home just a day before a new orphanage is opened in his ...

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Hobson’s Choice – Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Writer: Harold Brighouse Director: David Thacker Reviewer: Malcolm Wallace Written in 1916 Hobson’s Choice has remained a favourite of audiences and theatre companies alike throughout its 98 year history and with this new co-production between the Bolton Octagon, Oldham Coliseum and New Vic, Newcastle-Under-Lyme it is easy to see why. Harold Brighouse’s superbly written play tells the tale of Salfordian ...

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