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Fracked – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Writer:  Alistair Beaton Director: Richard Wilson Reviewer: Bill Avenell   It is perhaps risky to put on a play about fracking, nimbyism, corruption in politics and big business in the heart of deepest Surrey, but the first thing to say about last night’s production at Guildford is that the audience seems to lap it up. There is a buzz in ...

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The Winter’s Tale – Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: David Thacker Reviewer: May Mellstrom Former Artistic Director David Thacker returns to the Octagon to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death with a new production of The Winter's Tale, one of his latest and most unusual plays. Difficult to categorise, The Winter's Tale is both tragedy and comedy and features a host of narrative conventions ...

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The War Has Not Yet Started – Drum, Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer:Mikhail Durnekov Translator:Noah Birksted-Breen Director:Michael Fentiman Reviewer: Joan Phillips   The War Has Not Yet Started is a composite of 12 short stories reflecting some of the very human anxieties of today’s troubled world. Written by Mikhail Durnenkov and translated from the original Russian by Noah Birksted-Breen, this 80-minute play bleakly captures some of society’s deepest, sometimes hidden, and often ...

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Bully Boy – Mercury Theatre Studio, Colchester

Writer: Sandi Toksvig Director: Dan Sherer Reviewer: Michael Gray   What is the dramatist to say about war ? From Shakespeare to R C Sherriff, playwrights have tried to convey the reality of combat. In our own lifetime, pieces like Not About Heroes and Our Boys have looked at the psychological aftermath of conflict. Sandi Toksvig's powerful play, first seen ...

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An Enemy of the People – Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Writer: Henrik Ibsen Adaptor: Arthur Miller Director: David Thacker Reviewer: Jim Gillespie   This production by the Octagon, in conjunction with the local University, is part of a wider celebration of the centenary of Arthur Miller’s birth on 17 October 1915. It also carries a personal resonance for Bolton Octagon Director David Thacker, who worked with Miller on his adaptation ...

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Early One Morning – The Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Writer: Les Smith Director:David Thacker Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Early One Morning, written by Les Smith, is a companion piece toJourney’s Endthat opened the current season at The Octagon. The plays share a common theme of the atrocity of World War 1 and feature many of the same cast members. Smith’s play, being less familiar than the classic, has a freshness ...

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The Comedy of Errors – Shakespeare’s Globe, London

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Blanche McIntyre Reviewer: Scott Matthewman The Comedy of Errors is one of Shakespeare's earliest comedies, and also one of his best. This new production at Shakespeare's Globe is a finely crafted, raucous interpretation that creates one of the funniest theatrical evenings for some time. Slapstick is a key element of Blanche McIntyre's direction, starting even before ...

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Hobson’s Choice – Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Writer: Harold Brighouse Director: David Thacker Reviewer: Malcolm Wallace Written in 1916 Hobson’s Choice has remained a favourite of audiences and theatre companies alike throughout its 98 year history and with this new co-production between the Bolton Octagon, Oldham Coliseum and New Vic, Newcastle-Under-Lyme it is easy to see why. Harold Brighouse’s superbly written play tells the tale of Salfordian ...

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