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Of Mice and Men – Opera House, Manchester

Writer: John Steinbeck Director: Guy Unsworth Reviewer: Abbie Rippon Living in 2018 when social care, misogyny, immigration and racism make daily headlines, Steinbeck’s classic, staged by Selladoor reminds us how far we have come as a society, but more poignant is the revelation of how far we still have to go. For readers unfamiliar with the classic text, set in California ...

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Strangers on a Train – New Theatre, Cardiff

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Writer: Craig Warner Based on the novel by Patricia Highsmith Director: Anthony Banks Reviewer: Barbara Michaels A gripping psycho-thriller by the crime novelist Patricia Highsmith, Strangers on a Train is one to keep you on the edge of your seats. Small wonder then that it was made into a highly successful film by that master of suspense and nastiness Alfred ...

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Of Mice and Men – New Wimbledon Theatre, London

Writer: John Steinbeck Director: Guy Unsworth Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty Steinbeck’s depression-era-defining work comes in for a lot of criticism - being banned in some places for its content. However, there’s a good reason it’s named among one of the great American stories - the characters, environments and attitudes depicted are perfectly illustrative of a time and place that shaped the ...

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Strangers on a Train – Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

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Writer: Craig Warner based on the novel by Patricia Highsmith Director: Anthony Banks Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Patricia Highsmith’s crime novels stand out because, unlike many of the genre, her murderers are less pursued by the police than by their own psyches. Nowhere is this set out more plainly than in the opening scene of this adaptation of her first novel, Strangers ...

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Strangers on a Train – Richmond Theatre, London

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Writer: Patricia Highsmith Adaptor: Craig Warner Director: Anthony Banks Reviewer: Joanna Trainor Is there such a thing as the perfect murder? Based on the 1950 novel by Patricia Highsmith, Craig Warner’s adaptation of Strangers on a Train comes to Richmond. When Guy Haines (Call the Midwife’s Jack Ashton) clinks glasses with fellow train passenger Charles Bruno (Chris Harper), he cannot ...

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Strangers on a Train – Opera House, Manchester

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Writer: Patricia Highsmith Adaptor: Craig Warner Director: Antony Banks Reviewer: Matthew Forrest The play opens with a somewhat distorted projection of the American flag, which soon fades leaving just the blood red stripes: it’s a vision that draws you in from the get-go.  Strangers on a Train is that all too familiar of tales that sees the American dream turn ...

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Strangers on a Train – New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

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Writer: Craig Warner, based on the novel by Patricia Highsmith Director: Anthony Banks Reviewer: James Garrington Two men meet by chance on a train crossing America. They share a few drinks, they tell each other about themselves, their ambitions and their problems – and an idea emerges, one which will change both of their lives forever. Anyone who has read ...

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Strangers on a Train – Theatre Royal, Glasgow

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Writer: Craig Warner, based on the novel by Patricia Highsmith Director: Anthony Banks Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys A chance meeting on a train introduces Charles Bruno and Guy Haines, two wildly different men but with problems in common. As the journey progresses, a hypothetical plan is hatched between the pair: what if Bruno kills Haines unfaithful wife in return for Haines ...

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