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Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde – Darlington Hippodrome

Adaptor: David Edgar Director: Kate Saxon Reviewer: Mark Clegg Like its Gothic horror stable-mates Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is both immediately familiar and strangely unknown to the general public. All three sets of characters are part of popular culture and yet the vast majority of ...

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Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: David Edgar From the novel by: Robert Louis Stevenson Director: Kate Saxon Reviewer: Gareth Davies There is much that sends shivers of terror down the spine from this touring production of David Edgar's adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic novella. The original story almost single-handedly created the genre of psychological horror, but perhaps the scariest thing here is the ...

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Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde  – Rose Theatre, Kingston

Writer: Robert Louis Stevenson Adaptor: David Edgar Director: Kate Saxon Reviewer: Richard Maguire What if man were made of two halves? A base half and a higher half? And what if one half spoke in a posh Edinburgh brogue and the other in a thick Glaswegian accent? These are the questions asked in the Rose Theatre’s confusing new production of ...

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The History Boys – Grand Opera House, York

Writer: Alan Bennett Director: Kate Saxon Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Alan Bennett’s multi award winning The History Boys is currently playing to theatres nationwide. It is about a class of eight boys who have sat their A’ Levels and are staying an extra term with an aim of getting into Oxford University. Set in the 1980s, and era recognised by the ...

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The History Boys – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer: Alan Bennett Director: Kate Saxon Reviewer: Glen Pearce It may be set in the 1980s but there is a timeless quality to Alan Bennett’s The History Boys that ensures it resonates with all ages. The landscape may have changed but the themes and topics brought so vividly to life in Bennett’s witty and observant wordplay remains as fresh as ...

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The History Boys – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Alan Bennett Director: Kate Saxon Reviewer: Dominic Corr In late 2013 Alan Bennett’s The History Boys was named the nation’s favourite play, with its numerous awards (Olivier best new play) many cited it as Bennett’s finest work. Despite its 80's setting, education has always been one of the forefront issues of British politics and society, its value and the ...

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The History Boys – New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Writer: Alan Bennett Director: Kate Saxon Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Award-winning The History Boys is widely regarded as one of Alan Bennett’s finest hours, including helpings of whimsy and beautifully observed comic dialogue with a steel underbelly. It tells the story of a group of bright grammar school boys preparing for the Oxbridge entrance examinations that were designed to be more ...

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The Secret Garden – Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre, Chester

Writer: Frances Hodgson Burnett Adaptor: Jessica Swale Director: Kate Saxon Reviewer: Stephanie Rowe When Ten year old Mary Lennox is orphaned in India after a terrible earthquake kills her parents, she has to leave behind everything she has ever known. Sent to live in England at her uncle’s gloomy mansion on the wild Yorkshire moors, lonely and confined to only ...

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