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French Without Tears. Exeter Northcott, Exeter

Writer : Terence Rattigan Director : Paul Miller Reviewer : Joan Phillips Battle lines are drawn, the enemy identified, the fight begins. Terence Rattigan’s very funny French Without Tears is the clearest demonstration of the need to understand your enemy before going into afight. In this case, the target is not mastering the French language or ‘Johnny Foreigner’, on the ...

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In the Bar of the Tokyo Hotel – Charing Cross Theatre, London

Writer: Tennessee Williams Director: Robert Chevera Reviewer: Maryam Philpott   With Tennessee Williams, you want heat. You want intense emotional situations and you want characters railing against their surroundings, engaged in a futile battle against their own natures. Think of the meeting of Blanche and Stanley in A Streetcar Named Desire, she is repulsed by this ill-mannered lout but drawn ...

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Aladdin – Milton Keynes Theatre

The cast of Aladdin at Milton Keynes Theatre

Writer: Eric Potts Director: Russell Labey Reviewer: Maggie Constable It is panto season again and in Milton Keynes it is time to hop onto that magic flying carpet to be transported to Old Peking where you will encounter Aladdin and lots more! It’s an iconic tale but, in essence, a young man, Aladdin, finds a lamp containing a beautiful Genie, ...

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French Without Tears – Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond

The cast of French Without Tears at Orange Tree Theatre

Writer: Terence Rattigan Director: Paul Miller Reviewer: Stephen Bates   Hear the name Terence Rattigan and what usually springs to mind is tear-soaked dramas filled with outpourings of suppressed emotions. Back in 1936, Rattigan had his first big hit with French Without Tears and the staple ingredients for such a drama were there, except that the tears that soaked it ...

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London Wall – Finborough Theatre, London

Writer: John van Druten Director: Tricia Thorns Reviewer: Lettie Mckie [rating:4] Without a doubt, the Finborough Theatre in Earls Court is one of the best venues in London. A multi-award winning space that exists on a shoe string but punches above its weight with a programme of thought provoking new writing. As new production London Wall proves, it is also ...

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The Second Mrs Tanqueray – Rose Theatre, Kingston

Writer: Arthur Wing Pinero Director: Stephen Unwin Reviewer: Ian Foster [rating:2] Stephen Unwin’s run of home-grown productions for the Rose Kingston, where he is also Artistic Director, continues with this revival of Arthur W Pinero’s Victorian melodrama, The Second Mrs Tanqueray though with limited success. Respectable member of society and widower Aubrey Tanqueray scandalises his friends when he suddenly announces ...

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Vieux Carré – Charing Cross Theatre, London

Writer: Tennessee Williams Director: Robert Chevara Reviewer: Alex Ramon [Rating:4] 722 Toulouse Street was the location of the insalubrious rooming house in the Old Quarter of New Orleans where Tennessee Williams lodged in the late 1930s; the playwright made his encounters and experiences there the subject of several of his early short stories, and also of Vieux Carré, a play ...

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Vieux Carré – King’s Head, London

Writer: Tennessee Williams Director: Robert Chevara Reviewer: Ian Foster [rating:4.5] Though some of Tennessee Williams’ works are considered among the finest plays ever written, his legacy as a truly great playwright is something that has developed posthumously. He continued to produce considerable amounts of writing until the day that he died in 1983 but its critical reception was increasingly poor ...

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