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Guys and Dolls – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Book: Jo Swerling & Abe Burrows Music & Lyrics: Frank Loesser Director:  Michael Buffong Reviewer: May Mellstrom The Christmas production at the Royal Exchange is always a highlight of the festive period, providing a welcome alternative in the panto season.  Widely regarded as one of the finest Broadway musicals of all time, Guys and Dolls can hardly be considered a ...

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King Lear – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Don Warrington as King Lear

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Michael Buffong Reviewer: James Garrington This year marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, and so it is almost inevitable that his works will be seen even more than usual. In particular, there seem to be an awful lot of Lears about, and alongside this production,there is another currently doing the rounds until the summer, closely ...

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King Lear – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Don Warrington as King Lear

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Michael Buffong Reviewer: Katherine Kirwin It is no surprise that this is one of many King Lear’s due to be produced in British theatre this year. King Lear remains relevant to a modern audience; watching a king split his kingdom as we sit around and debate ‘Brexit’, being at the mercy of nature and the elements ...

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Educating Rita – Chichester Festival Theatre, Chichester

Writer: Willy Russell Director: Michael Buffong Reviewer: Jane Pink For those of us of what we shall call “a certain age” Educating Rita is fixed firmly in our mind via the hugely successful 1983 film version of Willy Russell’s enduring comedy. For a later generation it has become a classic text studied and performed with great respect and admiration. First ...

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All My Sons – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Writer: Arthur Miller Director: Michael Buffong Reviewer: James Garrington Family relationships, secrets and suspicions, tragedy. These are the staple ingredients of much of Arthur Miller’s work, and All My Sons fits the mould perfectly. In this, Miller’s centenary year, it is inevitable that a lot of Miller’s work will be appearing around the country, and it is pleasing to see ...

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All My Sons – Oxford Playhouse

Writer: Arthur Miller Director: Michael Buffong Reviewer: Fergus Morgan Arthur Miller was called up before the House of Unamerican Activities in 1956. Looking at All My Sons, his 1947 play about a hard-working family divided by a son’s idealistic despair with the American Dream, it is not difficult to understand why. With typical proficiency, Miller exposes the shameful artifice of ...

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All My Sons – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer: Arthur Miller Director: Michael Buffong Reviewer: Glen Pearce For many Arthur Miller is tainted by schoolday memories, with students made to study his works in an isolated classroom setting. Like many a writer though, Miller’s work, accomplished though it is on paper, really soars when performed on stage. Talawa’s electrifying revival of All My Sons, opening in Ipswich ahead ...

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WHAT’S HOT – Week Beginning Monday 9th February 2015

Shakespeare like you’ve never seen before, a Scottish classic at the Citz and the Carôle King musical are all opening across the country this week. Kris Hallett shares his top picks of UK theatre Beautiful- Aldwych Theatre, London Having taken Broadway by storm this Carôle King biopic now opens in the West End with previews from Tuesday (10thFebruary). It could ...

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