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The Play That Goes Wrong – Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Writers: Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, Henry Shields Director: Mark Bell Reviewer: Scott Matthewman It is unusual enough for a fringe hit to transfer from an above-the-pub theatre to the West End. Far more exceptional for that production to go on to win an Olivier award, transfer to Broadway, inspire two stage spin-offs, two BBC specials and show no signs of ...

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The Play That Goes Wrong -Storyhouse, Chester

Writers: Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, Henry Shields Director: Mark Bell Reviewer: Charlie Senate “Has anyone seen Winston?” yells the stage manager, frantically zigging through the pre-show crowd at Chester’s Storyhouse. The production’s canine performer, it seems, has gone missing—mere minutes before the opening curtain. Even in the foyer, the audience is already laughing. Little will change throughout this truly ridiculous ...

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The Play That Goes Wrong – Royal and Derngate, Northampton

Writers: Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields Director: Mark Bell Reviewer: Maggie Constable The Derngate houses this week, at the start of its U.K tour,  The Play That Goes Wrong, a wonderful piece of comic theatre which leaves its audience questioning the title; it should, surely have been ‘drastically wrong’! This is the play’s third year, with accolades aplenty, ...

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Big Shot – London Irish Centre

Creator: Lauryn Gaffney Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty The musical follows Jeremy, a successful New York defence lawyer. We track him and his clients, friends and local coffee shop staff as he moves through love, career defining moments and a fair amount of anguish. In a neat little love twist, the barista/artist he falls in love with is engaged to Hank, Jeremy’s ...

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A Haunting – King’s Head Theatre, London

Writer: Nathan Lucky Wood Director: Jennifer Davis Reviewer: Deborah Parry Since the internet has become an integral part of our everyday lives, a number of playwrights have successfully explored it as a theme within their work (Lucy Prebble's The Sugar Syndrome, Caryl Churchill's Love and Information and Enda Walsh's Chatroom, to name but a few) and now Nathan Lucky Wood's ...

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Noonday Demons – King’s Head Theatre, London

Writer: Peter Barnes Director: Mary Franklin Reviewer: Stephen Bates The recent West End revival of The Ruling Class has reawakened interest in its writer, Peter Barnes, which could perhaps have been the inspiration for this production of a play that first appeared one year later, in 1969. A satire of religious icons and teachings, it is a very weird affair ...

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Fred and Madge – Hope Theatre, London

Writer: Joe Orton Director: Mary Franklin Reviewer: Stephen Bates   Consistent with a mission statement in which it commits “exclusively to new writing”, the Hope Theatre is staging the first ever professional production of this debut play. However, calling it “new” may be stretching a point, as it was actually written 55 years ago. This belated production by Rough Haired ...

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The Diary Of A Nobody – White Bear Theatre, London

Writer: George and Weedon Grossmith Director: Mary Franklin Reviewer: Jon Wainwright It's certainly unusual, if not a theatrical first, for the appearance of mustard and cress to earn a warm round of applause. We're pleased for Charles Pooter, we really are. He records in his diary that they were planted onApril 9th(a day on which he "went to bed at ...

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