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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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The Government Inspector – Everyman Theatre, Liverpool

Writer: Nikolai Gogol Adapter: David Harrower Director: Roxana Silbert Reviewer: Jamie Gaskin The Government Inspector, written in 1835, is still very much a story for today.This joyous production of Gogol’s masterpiece offers a cavalcade of comic characters exuding the human frailty of self-interest at its finest.The pompous nature of the main characters is matched only by their gullibility and their ...

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The Government Inspector, Theatre Royal, Stratford East

Writer: Nikolai Gogol Adaptor: David Harrower Director: Roxana Silbert Reviewer: Edie Ranvier What’s the Russian for “omnishambles”? The Government Inspector is Nikolai Gogol’s 1836 satire about a small town whose corrupt officials are thrown into a panic by the news that an official is coming from St Petersburg to vet their management. Desperate to cover up their corruption and incompetence, ...

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The Government Inspector – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

The Government Inspector, Image by Robert Day Rebekah Hinds (Superintendent), Jean St Clair (Lyapkin-Tyapkin) and Sophie Stone (Postmaster)

Writer: NikolaiGogol, adapted by David Harrower Director: Roxana Silbert Reviewer: James Garrington   “More clouds of grey than any Russian play could guarantee.” Lyricist Ira Gershwin pretty much summed up the popular view of Russian drama when he wrote those words: dour, grey and downright depressing. Anyone who thinks that describes Russian theatre in its entirety, though, has clearly never ...

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Peter Pan – New Wimbledon Theatre, London

The Cast of Peter Pan at The New Wimbledon Theatre

Writer: JM Barrie Adaptor: Eric Potts Director: Ian Talbot Reviewer: Stephen Bates   For children and others who have never grown up, the great news is that it’s panto time again. Spectacle, silliness, songs and star names are all on display here and, rest assured, the dark themes of JM Barrie’s 1904 play Peter Pan have already walked the plank ...

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Peter Pan the Panto – Milton Keynes Theatre

Director: Cal McCytstal Writer: J. M. Barrie Adapter by Eric Potts Reviewer: Maggie Constable Tick tock Tick tock! What do we hear coming? Yes, it’s the dreaded sound of the croc in Milton Keynes’ fab, fun Xmas panto this year. Bradley Walsh returns to Milton Keynes’ Never Never Land as Smee after a gap of seven years, joined by none ...

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See How They Run – Opera House, Manchester

Writer: Philip King Director: Eric Potts Reviewer: Brian Gorman Philip King’s typically English farce seems an ideal choice as the debut production for Warwick Davis’ Reduced Height Theatre Company. The star of TV’s Life’s Too Short, and several Star Wars movies, has long dreamt of acting in regular plays on stage, yet opportunities have been severely limited for him. Society’s ...

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See How They Run – Civic Theatre, Darlington

Writer: Philip King Director: Eric Potts Reviewer: Lindsay Sykes See How They Run is a glorious farce presented by Warwick Davis and the members of the Reduced Height Theatre Company. Written in 1945, it is a hilarious nonsensethatis quite literally “Hello Vicar, whoops – there go my trousers”. With escaped Germans, Bishops, soldiers, visiting vicars and a village battle-axe, it ...

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