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The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas – Richmond Theatre, London

The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas

Writer: John Boyne Choreographer and Director: Daniel de Andrade Music: Gary Yershon Musicians: Northern Ballet Sinfonia Reviewer: Ann Bawtree The ambitious task of expressing a well-known book and an already a famous film about an unpleasant period of history into a ballet is brought about to perfection in Northern Ballet’s The Boy in Striped Pyjamas. The austerity of the set, ...

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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

Two boys reaching out either side of a barbed wire fence

Music: Gary Yershon Choreographer/Director: Daniel de Andrade Reviewer: David Robinson John Boyne wrote his best-selling Holocaust novel in a matter of a few days, although this is barely evident as it is transferred to ballet form in the capable hands and feet of Northern Ballet on this world premiere tour. The scenarios are adapted engagingly by choreographer Daniel de Andrade and ...

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Travels with My Aunt – Citizens Theatre, Glasgow

Four men in bowler hats

Writer: Graham Greene Adapter: Giles Havergal Director: Phillip Breen Reviewer: Harriet Brace When a story starts with a funeral it’s usually fair to assume the tale will end as it began – in tragedy. And often with more than a small dose of doom and gloom along the way. Not so Travels with My Aunt. Instead the melancholy affair introduces ...

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Escape the Scaffold – The Other Room, Cardiff

Writer: Titas Halder Director: Hannah Price Reviewer: Jacqui Onions In the current political climate, Escape the Scaffold has the potential to be an important and thought-provoking piece of theatre. This new play by Titas Halder is a co-production between The Other Room, Mongrel Thumb and Theatre503 which premiered at Theatre503 in March 2017 before transferring to Cardiff. Taking the story ...

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Sinners Club – The Other Room, Cardiff

Writer &Music: Lucy Rivers Director: Titas Balder Reviewer: Jacqui Onions Sinners Club is a dark, surreal and edgy exploration of the life of Ruth Ellis, the last woman to be executed in Britain. This theatre gig is a real onslaught on the senses - and most of it in a good way. The powerful and emotive original music by Lucy Rivers ...

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The Mother – Ustinov Studio, Theatre Royal Bath

Writer: Florian Zeller Translator: Christopher Hampton Director: Laurence Boswell Reviewer: Claire Hayes A mother’s job is to love and let go – gradually loosening the reins without unravelling herself. And this most precarious of balances is at the heart of Florian Zeller’s play The Mother, receiving its UK premiere at the Ustinov Studio. For those who saw The Father last ...

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A Lady of Little Sense – Ustinov Studio, Theatre Royal, Bath

Writer: Lope De Vega (translation by David Johnston) Director: Laurence Boswell Reviewer: Joan Phillips [Rating:5] It is almost 400 years old and yet A Lady of Little Sense still provides an evening of great comic theatre. This production, directed by Laurence Boswell, uses a new translation by David Johnston that delivers romance and comedy at a cracking pace. Nise (Katie ...

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Rape of the Fair Country – Clwyd Theatre Cymru, Mold

Writer: Alexander Cordell Adaptor: Manon Eames Director: Tim Baker Reviewer: Stephanie Rowe [rating:4.5] Based on true happenings Alexander Cordell’s Rape of the Fair Country was written as a passionate response for the way his country had been treated during the British Revolution. Set in the industrious mountain towns of Blaenafon and Nantyglo, the story follows the Mortymer family, as told ...

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