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The Mentor – Vaudeville Theatre, London

Writer: Daniel Kehlmann Director: Laurence Boswell Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Who decides what makes great art - is it the critics who allocate a star rating, the audiences who flock to see it or, like peer review in academia, should fellow writers, painters or musicians insist on its importance? Daniel Kehlmann’s play The Mentor, translated from the German by Christopher Hampton, ...

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The Mentor – Theatre Royal Bath

Writer: Daniel Kehlmann Translator: Christopher Hampton Director: Laurence Boswell Reviewer: Claire Hayes The Ustinov Studio, under artistic director Laurence Boswell, has garnered a well-deserved reputation for unearthing significant international works to present to a British audience - and then attracting top-flight actors to appear in them. Productions like The Father, with Kenneth Cranham in the lead role, have transferred to ...

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Hobson’s Choice – Vaudeville Theatre, London

Hobson's Choice - Gabrielle Dempsey (Vickey Hobson), Martin Shaw (Henry Hobson), Florence Hall (Alice Hobson) -

Writer: Harold Brighouse Director: Jonathan Church Reviewer:Maryam Philpott You may be forgiven for thinking the London has developed a bit of a foot fetish for on the Strand in neighbouring theatres there are currently two shows about shoe-making. While the musical Kinky Boots has been delighting audiences and winning awards for the best part of a year, nearby in the ...

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Hobson’s Choice – Theatre Royal, Nottingham

Hobson's Choice - Gabrielle Dempsey (Vickey Hobson), Martin Shaw (Henry Hobson), Florence Hall (Alice Hobson) -

Writer: Harold Brighouse Director: Jonathan Church Reviewer: Dave Smith It’s 100 years since Harold Brighouse’s ever-popular Hobson’s Choice premiered in the UK, having surprisingly first been produced in New York a year earlier, and as director Jonathan Church departs the Chichester Festival Theatre after 10 years for his new role as Artistic Director for Sydney Theatre Company, he leaves us ...

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Hobson’s Choice – Milton Keynes Theatre

Hobson's Choice Joanna McCallum (Mrs Hepworth), Martin Shaw (Henry Hobson), in background Florence Hall (Alice) - -

Writer: Harold Brighouse Director: Jonathon Church Reviewer: Maggie Constable   Henry Horatio Hobson has made his choice and joins us at Milton Keynes this week, 2016 marking the centenary of the first UK production of the classic comedy from writer Harold Brighouse. This Theatre Royal Bath production tours just a few theatres nationwide prior to a run in the West ...

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The Heresy of Love – Shakespeare’s Globe, London

  Writer: Helen Edmundson Director: John Dove Reviewer: Maryam Philpott   The 16th and 17th centuries were a period full of crisis and schism for the Christian church as the primacy of the Pope was questioned by monarchs seeking absolute power in their own realms. But this was more than a philosophical divide; it would cost countless lives and even ...

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Chair – Lyric Hammersmith, London

Writer and director: Edward Bond Reviewer: Catherine Love [rating:3]   In the concluding offering of Edward Bond’s trio of Chair Plays, the future looks anything but bright. We are in 2077 and the chair of the title, a surprisingly sinister piece of furniture, is offered by Alice to a soldier waiting to escort a strangely familiar looking prisoner to her ...

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