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Quartet – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Writer: Ronald Harwood Director: Peter Rowe Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Growing older is compulsory – or at least, better than the alternative, most would agree. What Writer, Ronald Harwood, seems to be suggesting is that what matters isn’t the physical fact of ageing, but how we cope mentally with the changes it inevitably brings. He tells his story through the eyes ...

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Quartet – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer: Ronald Harwood   Director: Peter Rowe Reviewer: Molly Richardson Quartet tells of four retired and aging opera singers, who have taken residence in a care home. First, we meet trio Cecily (Wendi Peters), Reggie (Jeff Rawle) and Wilfred (Paul Nicholas), who are unearthing the mystery of who the new ‘star’ resident is to be – there are mixed reactions ...

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Raising Martha – Park Theatre, London

Writer: David Spicer Director: Michael Fentiman Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Farce, always an underrated theatrical form, is rarely found in new writing, with directors and producers seeming to prefer revivals of the medium. So it is refreshing to see David Spicer's new play, traversing topics from familial guilt to animal rights and the freedoms we will surrender in order those same ...

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A Room With A View – Chichester Festival Theatre

Writer: E.M. Forster Adaptor: Simon Reade Director: Adrian Noble Reviewer: Bill Avenell It must be a bit of a challenge to turn a full-length novel into a two-hour play, but Simon Reade does a very reasonable job in this adaptation for the stage of E.M. Forster’s famous work. Social and political upheaval in Edwardian England is remarkably topical in the ...

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Waiting for Godot – Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

Lorcan Cranitch and Jeff Rawle in Waiting For Godot. Photo by Johan Persson

Writer: Samuel Beckett Director: Charlotte Gwinner Reviewer: Ron Simpson To a large extent, Samuel Beckett tells the director and designer what to do in Waiting for Godot. The minimal set is specified (a road, a tree), many pauses are indicated in the script, as are precise actions, and there are strong hints as to costume: bowler hats are indispensable and ...

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Untold Stories – Duchess Theatre, London

Writer: Alan Bennett Director: Nadia Fall for Hymn, Nicholas Hytner for Cocktail Sticks Reviewer: Christopher Hong [rating:4] Hymn and Cocktail Sticks are two recollections by Alan Bennett now transferred to the West End after a successful run at the National. They both concern Alan Bennett’s relationship with his parents, Hymn around his father and Cocktail Sticks broadly with his mother. ...

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