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Napoleon Disrobed – Arcola Theatre, London

Adapted by: Told by an Idiot Director: Kathryn Hunter Reviewer: Maryam Philpott The twentieth-century was full of conspiracy theories; while some dealt with faked moon landings and the Roswell cover-up, most of the believed skulduggery surrounded the deaths of famous celebrities - Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, John F Kennedy, even Princess Diana were so famous they couldn’t possibly have died ...

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Napoleon Disrobed – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: Told By An Idiot based on a novel by Simon Leys Director: Kathryn Hunter Reviewer: Joan Phillips Napoleon Disrobed imagines the possibility that Napoleon escapes from St Helena and attempts to return to his supporters in France in order to reclaim the Emperor’s throne. Based on the book The Death of Napoleon by Simon Leys this foray into the ...

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Songs For The End Of The World – Liverpool Everyman

Writers: Dom Coyote, Michael Vale and Tom Penn Director: Dom Coyote Reviewer: Daryl Holden Songs for the End of the World has an undoubtedly intriguing premise. A part gig, part show following a man who, when the world turns on itself, is left suspended in Earth’s orbit on his way to kick-start a new Eden on Mars.  Now, with nothing ...

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Jane Eyre – National Theatre, London

Writer: Charlotte Bronte (devised by the Company) Director: Sally Cookson Reviewer: Maryam Philpott The National Theatre has become quite adept at blowing the dust off the classics as recent productions of Hedda Gabler and Three Days in the Country gave contemporary relevance to Ibsen and Turgenev. But the National has also cannily welcomed shows from sympathetic regional venues, adopting Chichester’s ...

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Jane Eyre – Milton Keynes Theatre

JANE EYRE UK Tour 2017 Royal National Theatre

Writer: Sally Cookson from the novel by Charlotte Bronte Director: Sally Cookson Reviewer: Maggie Constable Milton Keynes Theatre welcomes Jane Eyre this week on the 170th anniversary of the first publication of Charlotte Brontë’s celebrated novel. Bristol Old Vic, working with The National Theatre, has brought Sally Cookson’s clever reinterpretation of the timeless love story to the stage. This ground-breaking ...

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Jane Eyre – Theatre Royal, Glasgow

JANE EYRE UK Tour 2017 Royal National Theatre

Writer: Charlotte Bronte Director: Sally Cookson Composer: Benji Bower Reviewer: Harriet Brace Jane Eyre is Charlotte Bronte’s lasting legacy. The novel for which she is best remembered, the story has endured too many retellings to count – not all of them good. But this latest reincarnation, a co-production between the National Theatre and Bristol Old Vic, is one that burns ...

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Jane Eyre – Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

JANE EYRE UK Tour 2017 Royal National Theatre

Writer: Charlotte Bronte Adaptor & Director: Sally Cookson Sound Designer: Dominic Bilkey Composer: Benji Bower Reviewer: S.E. Webster From Michael Fassbender to Judi Dench, film star royalty have repeatedly tackled Charlotte Brontë’s masterpiece, while countless school children throughout the country have been made to study it. Among the countless crinoline TV adaptations filled with swooning Janes and rakish Rochesters, the ...

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Jane Eyre – Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

JANE EYRE UK Tour 2017 Royal National Theatre

Writer: Charlotte Brontë Director: Sally Cookson Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Originally staged in two parts at Bristol Old Vic, Sally Cookson’s collaborative adaptation of Jane Eyre won acclaim in a single, three-hour form at the National Theatre. It is due to return to London in September, following this current tour which has now arrived in Aylesbury. Jane Eyre is often presented as a Gothic ...

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