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Death of a Salesman – Kings Theatre, Edinburgh

two men sitting on chairs one at desk

Writer: Arthur Miller Director: Abigail Graham Reviewer:  Tom Ralphs Some plays have the ability to feel as if they belong to whatever time they are performed, their relevance remaining in spite of the years that have passed since they were first performed. Death of a Salesman is one such play and the Royal and Derngate touring production more than does justice to ...

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War in America – New Parliament House, Edinburgh

man standing in courrtroom war in america edinburgh

Writer: Jo Clifford Director: Susan Worsfold Reviewer: Emily Hall Director Susan Worsfield has brought War in America  to life for the first time, over twenty years after it was written. Though the play was deemed “too offensive” for production in 1996, it is a striking anecdote to 2017, touching on issues of government corruption, political naiveté and chaotic leader transitions ...

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Jane Eyre – Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

JANE EYRE UK Tour 2017 Royal National Theatre

Writer: Charlotte Bronte Adaptor & Director: Sally Cookson Sound Designer: Dominic Bilkey Composer: Benji Bower Reviewer: S.E. Webster From Michael Fassbender to Judi Dench, film star royalty have repeatedly tackled Charlotte Brontë’s masterpiece, while countless school children throughout the country have been made to study it. Among the countless crinoline TV adaptations filled with swooning Janes and rakish Rochesters, the ...

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Rachel – Z Arts Centre, Manchester

Woman with green hair

Writer/Director: Stevie Helps Reviewer: Matt Forrest Some pieces of work challenge the audience and can cause a great deal of internal debate: these shows are few and far between but when they come along they hit you like a spade in the face. Rachel is definitely one of those plays. With that in mind here is the unusual step of ...

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No Place For a Woman – Theatre 503, London

Two women looking at each other

Writer: Cordelia O’Neill Director: Kate Budgen Music: Elliott Rennie Reviewer: Ann Bawtree Cordelia O’Neill’s intriguing play No Place for a Woman commands the attention of the audience for a full hour and a quarter, with no break, but is so gripping that the time passes unnoticed. The two protagonists, performing with astonishing virtuosity, snap and crackle at each other, seemingly ...

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The Winter’s Tale  – Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Max Webster Composer: Alasdair Macrae Reviewer: S.E. Webster Spring, summer, autumn, winter.  Whatever the season audiences everywhere will be guaranteed at least one production of a Shakespearean drama. The vogue for transporting Shakespeare to new settings shows no sign of waning. Thus it is on the crest of this particular theatrical wave that Edinburgh’s Royal Lyceum ...

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Dubailand – Finborough Theatre, London

Writer: Carmen Nasr Director: Georgie Staight Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Arabs, one of the characters in Carmen Nasr’s new play Dubailand states, are building the future in Dubai. A modern metropolis in the middle of the desert, a monument to gaudy excess. At least, for the Westerners who come to play there. The marketing executives who sit to discuss how to ...

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From Ibiza to the Norfolk Broads – The Lowry, Salford

Writer/Director: Adrian Berry Reviewer: Matt Forrest From Ibiza to the Norfolk Broads: No, this isn’t a cookery programme which sees Delia Smith travelling from the Balearic Islands to Norwich, While cooking up a culinary feast at Ibiza’s hotspots such Manumission and Pacha. It’s a line from the sublime David Bowie masterpiece Life on Mars. It is also the title of ...

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