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The Railway Children – The Northcott Theatre, Exeter

Adaptation: Dave Simpson Director: Paul Jepson Reviewer: Charlie Hackett Edith Nesbit’s classic children's tale is brought to life in this new and mostly successful, adaptation. Following the disappearance of their father in mysterious circumstances and with their mother not able to provide for the family, Roberta, Peter and Phyllis are forced to leave their comfortable lives in London, heading north ...

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Death of a Salesman – Northcott Theatre, Exeter

A man with suitcases stands in front of a neon sign saying "Land of the Free"

Writer: Arthur Miller Director: Abigail Graham Reviewer: Karen Bussell Raw and intense, OpenWorks Theatre artistic director Abigail Graham gives little let-up in her interpretation of Miller’s iconic 1949 dissembling of the American Dream. Georgia Lowe’s uncompromisingly bland grey set focusses attention on the unravelling of travelling salesman Willie Loman (except when slides are opened a tad too far allowing a ...

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English Touring Opera: Tosca – The Northcott Theatre, Exeter

Music: Giacomo Puccini Text: Luigi Illica & Guiseppe Giacosta Director: Blanche McIntyre Reviewer: Charlotte Robson Puccini's Tosca is one of the few texts whose imagery and symbolism transcend the relatively insular medium of opera. A tale of love, death, jealousy and regret set against the backdrop of Napoleon's conquest of Europe, the surprisingly simple story is defined by the power ...

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Othello – The Northcott Theatre, Exeter

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Richard Twyman Reviewer: Charlotte Robson Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory open their performance of William Shakespeare's iconic tale of envy with a stark and empty set, its barren floors and deceptively cavernous depth laying the scene for an Othello every bit as sharp – and as tragically hollow at its core. The heart of Shakespeare's tragedy ...

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La Strada – The Northcott Theatre, Exeter

Director: Sally Cookson Music: Benji Bower Reviewer: Charlie Hackett Based on the 1954 film of the same name, Sally Cookson’s La Strada is a real theatrical gem. The story follows Gelsomina, a shy and awkward girl whose life is changed when her desperate mother sells her to Zampano, a travelling strong man with a cruel heart. Audrey Bisson plays Gelsomina ...

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Babe, The Sheep-Pig – Exeter Northcott Theatre

Writer: David Wood Director: Michael Fentiman Reviewer: Charlie Hackett Dick King-Smith’s classic tale of "the little pig with big dreams" springs to life in this colourful and hugely charming stage adaptation. When he arrives at Hogget’s farm, Babe the pig is motherless and unsure of his new surroundings. However, he is soon adopted by Fly, the motherly sheepdog, who needs ...

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Northanger Abbey – Exeter Northcott

Writer:  Jane Austen Adaptor: Tim Luscombe Director: Karen Simpson Reviewer: Joan Phillips Austen’s satire of the Gothic romances popular during her lifetime, parody the heroes and heroines of their original author’s imagination. Austen’s writing was produced as a light-hearted version of these stories to entertain her family and friends, but Tim Luscombe’s adaptation gives it a full comic transfusion to ...

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Dracula: The Bloody Truth – Exeter Northcott

Director: John Nicholson Reviewer: Bethan Highgate-Betts Exeter based theatre company Le Navet Bete and the Northcott Theatre present Dracula: The Bloody Truth; a somewhat faithful re-telling of the Bram Stoker original that sees four men play 40 characters in 100 minutes. A triumphant return to the Northcott after their sell out debut with Dick Tracy in the autumn of last year. ...

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