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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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The Winter’s Tale – Cockpit Theatre, London

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Nina Brazier Composer: Kim Ashton Reviewer: Michael Gray This 60-minute musical re-imagining of Shakespeare's problem play is a boldly ingenious experiment with the drama. This year has seen many Shakespeare-inspired performances. Song recitals, of course, but also Mendelssohn, Walton, Korngold et al in concert with extracts from the canon. And it's not long since The Winter's ...

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Luv – Park Theatre, London

Writer: Murray Schisgal Director: Gary Condes Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Ah love - the meaning of life or yet another thing to be eternally depressed about? Rarely performed in the UK, the marital shenanigans at the heart of Murray Schisgal’s two-act sociological comedy Luv suggest it could be both and, while yearning for the one can lead to a lifetime of ...

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