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The Importance of Being Earnest – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Director: Alastair Whatley Writer: Oscar Wilde Reviewer: Helen Tope There are few writers who can boast such a reputation as Oscar Wilde. His death in 1900, after a spectacular fall from grace, is a story so compelling it almost eclipses his impressive list of credits – almost. An Ideal Husband, Lady Windermere’s Fan, The Importance of Being Earnest takes top ...

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The Importance of Being Earnest  – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford.

Writer: Oscar Wilde Director: Alastair Whatley Reviewer: Bill Avenell What a wonderful conceit it is that a relationship should be founded upon a name and what a wickedly witty script Oscar Wilde produces to lure audiences into that conceit. But alas the input of the author is the only really wonderful part of the Original Theatre Company’s production of this ...

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Night Must Fall – Exeter Northcott Theatre

Writer: Emlyn Williams Director: Luke Sheppard Reviewer: Ben Miller-Jarvest "Everyone loves a good murder," as one character quips during the evening, but Emlyn Williams’ Night Must Fall is no cosy drawing room murder mystery, but a thriller in which there is little doubt from early on who the murderer is, and therefore the tension comes from knowing the other characters ...

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Night Must Fall – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer: Emlyn Williams Director: Luke Sheppard Reviewer: Paul Couch Emlyn Williams’ Night Must Fall was written in 1934 (first produced in 1935) and, at the time, must have seemed shocking to an audience with just access to embryonic cinema and television yet to arrive. By 2016, it has dated, of course, but not as much as one would expect. The ...

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Night Must Fall – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Writer: Emlyn Williams Director: Luke Sheppard Reviewer: Selwyn Knight The scene is Forest Corner, an isolated bungalow in the forest belonging to the selfish, overbearing and thoroughly unpleasant Mrs Bramson. In Forest Corner, we find a small household in which the niceties of life in the 1930s are played out, but one is immediately aware that civilisation here is the ...

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Duty Free – Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

Writer: Eric Chappell Director: Roger Redfarn Reviewer: Janet Jepson Many clichés could be attributed to this performance – ‘let sleeping dogs lie’ is one, ‘you can’t turn back the clock’ is another – and they would all be proved true. The basic idea of resurrecting the 1970/80s sitcom about two couples on holiday in Spain sounded a good proposition, but ...

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The Butterfly Lion – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Writer: Michael Morpurgo Adapter/Director: Daniel Buckroyd Reviewer: Michael Gray [Rating:4.5]   Will they mind the liberties I've take? thinks the adapter/director. Will they change too much of the book? thinks the child in the audience. There’s no need to worry on either score. Michael Morpurgo's The Butterfly Lion is a magical book; the story of a white lion, blue butterflies ...

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NEWS: Colchester’s Mercury Theatre Launches Autumn Season

Following the success of their Spring Season, Colchester’s Mercury Theatre have today announced details of programming for the rest of the year. With the stage adaptation of his War Horse novel continuing to receive critical acclaim, the Essex venue kicks off their Autumn season with another Michael Morpurgo’s classic, The Butterfly Lion. The production stars Gwen Taylor, who recently played ...

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