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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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Muted – The Bunker, London

Writer: Sarah Henley Music and lyrics: Tim Prottey-Jones and Tori Allen-Martin Director: Jamie Jackson Reviewer: Stephen Bates Lovers of musicals should have no trouble finding the Bunker, as it is right next to the Menier Chocolate Factory and they may well consider it worth their while heading there to catch this brand new show, similar in style to Willy Russell's Blood ...

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RENT – St James Theatre, London

Writer: Jonathan Larson Director: Bruce Guthrie Choreography: Lee Proud Reviewer: Christy Ku Based on Giacomo Puccini's opera La Bohème, RENT follows the story of a group of young artists struggling to survive and live their bohemian lifestyles in New York City. Meanwhile, the HIV/AIDS epidemic rages on, affecting everyone they love and tearing their lives apart. This new production celebrates the 20th anniversary of ...

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The Broons: Maggie’s Wedding – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Rob Drummond Director: Andrew Panton Reviewer: S.E. Webster Argumentative, mischievous, fiery, rude, loyal, musically-minded and thoroughly endearing, The Broons are one of Scotland’s national treasures. The comic strip has run since 1936 and in spite of the changing times, it has remained steadfast and unshaken in its popularity. Now in their 80th year, the eccentric family of Scots has ...

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