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The Tenant of Wildfell Hall – York Theatre Royal

Writer: Deborah McAndrew Based on a novel by: Anne Bronte Director: Elizabeth Newman Designer: Amanda Stoodley Reviewer: Ron Simpson Not before time, Anne Bronte is being rescued from her position as the “third” sister in every way, the one who, in Lip Service’s Bronte parody, Withering Looks, has just popped out for a cup of sugar. In fact, her novels ...

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The Tenant of Wildfell Hall – Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Writer: Anne Brontë Adaptor: Deborah McAndrew Director: Elizabeth Newman Reviewer: Jo Beggs If you’re familiar with Anne Brontë’s 1848 novel, you’ll know that it’s a gripping tale of love, loss and human failing. You’ll also know that it harbours some dark issues that remain, unfortunately, completely relevant to a 21st Century audience. If, like this reviewer, you have seriously failed ...

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Cyrano – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer​: Edmond Rostand Adapter​: Deborah McAndrew Director and Composer​: Conrad Nelson Reviewer​: Ron Simpson In an interview on the Northern Broadsides website Deborah McAndrew makes the point that, though Cyrano de Bergerac, to give it its original full title, is set in 1640, it is very much a product of the late 19th Century. That could hardly be truer. In ...

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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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PREVIEW: 24:7 Theatre Festival Preview

Reporter: Matthew Forrest Most Mancunians will proudly tell you that the city of Manchester is the centre of the universe. With so much going on in the city throughout out the month of July you’d be forgiven for believing it. There is of course the Manchester International Festival, that will dominate most media output, and then there is the Greater ...

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The Grand Gesture – Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Writer: Deborah McAndrew Director: Gwenda Hughes Reviewer: Claire Hayes You’re never entirely sure where you are in The Grand Gesture, Deborah McAndrew’s adaptation of Nikolai Erdman’s Soviet-era play The Suicide, but somehow it doesn’t really matter. In the company of Bristol Old Vic Theatre School’s newest graduates, you spend an enjoyable couple of hours trying to work it out. Simeon ...

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INTERVIEW: 10 Minutes with Deborah McAndrew

Deborah McAndrew is best known in Yorkshire for her multitude of successful plays for two companies: Northern Broadsides (most recently last year’s award-winning An August Bank Holiday Lark) and Mikron Theatre Company. The Public Reviews’ Ron Simpson talks to her about her next play One of Each, which opens at Mikron’s Marsden Mechanics base on 2nd May 2015. How did ...

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Ugly Duck- The New Vic, Newcastle under Lyme

Writer/Director: Deborah McAndrew Reviewer: Matthew Jackson A local play for local people, that sums up Deborah McAndrew’s new production in 6 words. Set in an old Potteries in Burslem, Stoke on Trent. Ugly Duck invites the audience to look into the life of Kat - a young amateur artist, who decides she wants to paint a new canvas portrait of ...

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