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Babe: The Sheep Pig, Connaught Theatre, Worthing

Adaptor: David Wood Director: Michael Fentiman Reviewer: Simon Topping As the audience enter the theatre their eyes are drawn to the stage and the sheep pen, which is constructed upon it, where four innocent looking “sheep” bustle and baa together.  As the lights drop the sheep begin to sing and dance in unison.  There are audible whispers of “Wow” from ...

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Much Ado About Nothing – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Pia Furtado Composer: Rebecca Applin Reviewer: Michael Gray No hint of the romance or sunshine of Messina here. We're in the spartan canteen of a British regiment – motto Perfer et Obdura. There's a telly in the corner, a servery, tables for mess and for ping-pong. A chorus of Homeward Bound and Don Pedro marches his ...

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A Streetcar Named Desire – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Writer: Tennessee Williams Director: Sarah Frankcom Reviewer: Jim Gillespie Maxine Peake returns to the Royal Exchange with a weight of expectation largely of her own creation. Her previous partnership with Director Sarah Francom in the same theatre provided an exhilarating Hamlet. Almost two years on from that triumph, the pair reunite to scale the southern face of that 20th Century ...

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Kenny Morgan – Arcola Theatre, London

Writer: Mike Poulton Director: Lucy Bailey Reviewer: Maryam Philpott   Since the centenary celebrations of Terence Rattigan’s birth in 2011 his plays have enjoyed something of a resurgence in London. Next week the latest of these opens at The National Theatre, The Deep Blue Sea, starring Helen McCrory, but Rattigan’s fiction was based on real life events, and in a perfectly timed opening ...

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The Massive Tragedy of Madame Bovary! – Nuffield Theatre, Southampton

Javier Marzan (Rodolphe) and Emma Fielding (Madame Bovary) in The Massive Tragedy of Madame Bovary!

Writers: Gustave Flaubert Adaptor:John Nicholson and Javier Marzan Director: Gemma Bodinetz Reviewer: David Jobson In the second Act of this new adaptation of The Massive Tragedy of Madame Bovary, Emma Fielding, out of character, expresses her belief that the play should show the six weeks of silence that the deeply depressed Madame Bovary experiences. Javier Marzan, one of the creators, ...

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The Massive Tragedy of Madame Bovary! – Everyman Theatre, Liverpool

Javier Marzan (Rodolphe) and Emma Fielding (Madame Bovary) in The Massive Tragedy of Madame Bovary!

Writer: Gustave Flaubert Adaptor: John Nicholson and Javier Marzan Director: Gemma Bodinetz Reviewer: John Roberts   The zany yet dynamic duo John Nicholson and Javier Marzan, who make up the irreverent comic theatre company Peepolykus, are famed for taking serious literature, metaphorically ripping up the pages, injecting them with a sense of the ridiculousness and making audiences cry with laughter ...

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