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What The Butler Saw – Theatre Royal Bath

Writer: Joe Orton Director: Nikolai Foster Reviewer: Claire Hayes 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of Joe Orton’s death, and this brand-new version of What the Butler Saw, a joint production between Theatre Royal Bath and Leicester Curve, commemorates his final full-length play. But as a dark farce, this work is now showing its age; shocking at the time for its anti-establishment ...

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The Dresser – Chichester Festival Theatre

The Dresser

Writer: Ronald Harwood Director: Sean Foley Reviewer: Bill Avenell There is always a slightly guilty pleasure felt in laughing at a play which is based on a harrowing subject, but as well as being a first-rate production of a well-written play, The Dresser at Chichester is extremely amusing, partly because of Ronald Harwood’s tight script and partly because the players, ...

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INTERVIEW: Laura Coard on The Last Five Years in Shrewsbury

Actress Laura Coard as Cathy in Monsta Productions The Last Five Years

The Last Five Years tours to Theatre Severn in Shrewsbury next week after a successful run in Chester in July (read our 4* review here). With diverse roles such as Nancy in Oliver! and Lady of the Lake in Spamalot, Laura Coard chats toThe Reviews Hub about playing Cathy and her varied musical career. Where did your love of Musical ...

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The Crucible – Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

the cast the crucible royal lyceum edinburgh

Writer: Arthur Miller Director: John Dove Reviewer: Gareth Davies   Witch-hunts, real and metaphorical, form the backdrop to Arthur Miller's 1953 play, which has been a staple of school textbooks and student drama groups for years. Every age seems to bring a new understanding to its story and characters, and as such it's a truly welcome addition to the Lyceum's ...

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Waiting for Godot – Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Samuel Beckett Director: Mark Thomson Reviewer: Gareth Davies Edinburgh's Royal Lyceum Theatre opens its 50th anniversary season with a play that was deemed controversial when it opened in London 60 years ago. Since then Samuel Beckett'sWaiting for Godotmay have lost its reputation as an unstageable anti-drama – famously derided by one critic as a play in which nothing happens, ...

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Peter James’ Dead Simple – New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Writer: Shaun McKenna from the book by Peter James Director: Ian Talbot Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Michael Harrison has it all – a thriving property development business with his best friend, Mark; an impending marriage to the beautiful Ashley Harper and a share in over £5m stashed in a secret account in the Cayman Islands. But Michael is worried – he ...

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Dead Simple – Hall for Cornwall, Truro

Writer: Peter James Adaptor: Shaun McKenna Director: Ian Talbot Reviewer: Joan Phillips The latest of Peter James’ murder mystery crime best-sellers adapted for the stage is called Dead Simple. But with more twists and turns than a bowl of spaghetti, it is anything but. Michael Harrison (played by Jamie Lomas) seems to have it all: a successful business; beautiful fiancée; ...

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Dead Simple – Milton Keynes Theatre

Writer: Peter James Adapted by Shaun McKenna Director: Ian Talbot Reviewer: Maggie Constable Last year, audiences at Milton Keynes Theatre gave Peter James’ first staging of one of his novels, The Perfect Murder, a top rating. What will it be this week as we experience Dead Simple by the acclaimed writer, directed by award-winner Ian Talbot? We pretty soon discover ...

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