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A Streetcar Named Desire – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer: Tennessee Williams Director: Chelsea Walker Reviewer: Molly Richardson This bold revival of Tennessee Williams’ classic play A Streetcar Named Desire is full of fire. One summer, the anxious boozer, yet fiercely clever seductress and glamour-queen, Blanche DuBois turns up unexpectedly at her sister Stella’s two-roomed house in a state of desperation as she tries to hold her life together. This gives ...

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The Almighty Sometimes – The Royal Exchange, Manchester

Writer: Kendall Feaver Director: Katy Rudd Reviewer: Matt Forrest Kendall Feaver’s debut certainly pulls no punches, as a mother and daughter are at odds with one another over how best to treat a mental health illness. At seven years old, Anna (Norah Lopez Holden) writes a last will and testament leaving her toys to all her friends. She then throws ...

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Wait Until Dark – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford.

Writer: Frederick Knott Director: Alastair Whatley Reviewer: Bill Avenell The Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford has a deserved reputation for quality productions but unfortunately, this touring production from The Original Theatre Company falls short of its usual high standards in this revival of Frederick Knott’s 1966 thriller. Some of the blame lies with the choice of play which has dated ...

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How My Light Is Spent – Sherman Theatre, Cardiff

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Writer: Alan Harris Director: Liz Stevenson Reviewer: Jacqui Onions How My Light Is Spent is a quirky take on what is essentially a story of everyday lives and loves. Jimmy (Rhodri Meilir) and Kitty (Alexandra Riley) first cross paths when he calls the sex line that she works for. From there, we follow the downturns in their lives and their impact ...

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Contractions – The Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

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Director: Lisa Blair Writer: Mike Bartlett Designer: Fly Davis Composer: Giles Thomas Reviewer: Jim Gillespie While Mike Bartlett’s latest theatrical adventure, Wild, is causing a stir at London’s Hampstead Theatre, 160 miles north, Sheffield Theatres has revived one of his earlier plays, Contractions. Originally a radio play, it was adapted for the stage at the Royal Court in 2008. The ...

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Three Men in a Boat – Connaught Theatre, Worthing.

Author: Jerome K Jerome Director/Adaptor: Craig Gilbert Musical Director: Sue Appleby Reviewer: Bill Avenell [rating: 5]   Let’s get straight down to it, it was excellent throughout and it passed my ‘TMIAB afficianado’ companion’s approval test with flying colours. I have always loved Jerome K. Jerome’s classic story of Harris, George, Montmorency and J’s trip up the Thames, its dry ...

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