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Cyrano – New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-Under-Lyme

Writer: Edmond Rostand Adaptor: Deborah McAndrew Director: Conrad Nelson Reviewer: Matthew Bagnall Both heart-warming and heart-breaking in equal measure, this adaptation of Edmond Rostand’s play Cyrano de Bergerac is a poetic delight. Taking a classic and reimagining it into a culturally relevant piece of art is no mean feat, yet Northern Broadsides consistently achieve this through their adaptations. Cyrano is ...

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Cinderella – Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield

Writer: Andrew Pollard Music: Rebekah Hughes Director: Joyce Branagh Reviewer: Ruth Jepson If there is a classic in the land of pantomimes, then it has to be Cinderella. The rags to riches tale of a poor girl, banished to the kitchens by her evil stepsisters, with only the mice and her good friend Buttons for company. That is, until her ...

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Peter Pan in Scarlet – Oxford Playhouse

Peter Pan hanging in the air

Writer: Geraldine McCaughrean Adaptor/Director: Theresa Heskins Music: James Atherton Reviewer:Katy Roberts As Oxford Playhouse's inaugural production, in collaboration with the New Vic Theatre, and after a refurbishment project spanning a total of three years costing £800,000, Peter Pan in Scarlet is the perfect show to fill this exciting and fresh new space. The show is adapted for the stage by ...

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Peter Pan in Scarlet – New Vic Theatre, Newcastle under Lyme

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Writer: Geraldine McCaughrean Adaptor/Director: Theresa Heskins Reviewer: Carol Lovatt Everyone knows the story of Peter Pan, or so it seems. The story of a little boy who can fly and lives in Neverland along with other lost boys and Tinkerbell and her mischievous band of fairies. Peter’s days are spent making Captain Hook’s life as problematic as possible while creating ...

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The Ladykillers – Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

The New Vic and Hull Truck Theatre production of The Ladykillers is raising the laughs at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, en route from one of its producing houses to the other. Re-creating a comic masterpiece (Alexander Mackendrick’s 1955 film to William Rose’s screenplay) can create problems, as even the Coen Brothers found with their 2004 re-make, but Graham Linehan’s stage ...

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The Ladykillers – New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme

Writer: William Rose Adapter: Graham Lineham Director: Mark Babych Reviewer: Matthew Bagnall “Is anyone back from the robbery yet?” It was a genius plan. Or so Professor Marcus thinks. One thing for sure is Graham Lineham’s stage adaptation of The Ladykillers is certainly the work of a genius.Lineham – The writer of popular comedy TV sitcoms Father Ted and The ...

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The Borrowers – New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme

Writer: Mary Norton Director and Adaptor: Theresa Heskins Reviewer: Matthew Bagnall “Borrowing beyond all dreams of borrowing. Borrowing beyond your wildest dreams!” The festive season is always a magical time at the New Vic Theatre, and they haven’t disappointed with their stage adaptation of a family classic; The Borrowers. Set with the task of telling the story of a group ...

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80 Days Around the World – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Writer: Jules Verne Adaptor: Laura Eason Director: Theresa Heskins Reviewer: Jay Nuttall There's been something rather special happening at The New Vic Theatre in Newcastle-under-Lyme over the last few years. Under the artistic directorship of Theresa Heskins an in house style of no nonsense, no frills ensemble theatre has developed. Last year their production of 80 Days Around the World ...

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