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Beginning – National Theatre, London

Writer: David Eldridge Director: Polly Findlay Reviewer: Stephen Bates David Eldridge’s new play begins at the end - the end of a drunken flat warming party. Hostess Laura (Justine Mitchell) stands at the door, but the last lingering guest, Danny (Sam Troughton), there as a friend of an acquaintance, declines to exit through it. After the play has progressed over ...

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Hedda Gabler – Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

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Writer: Henrik Ibsen Adapter: Patrick Marber Director: Ivo van Hove Reviewer: Dominic Corr The confines of the corset are no more. Stripped bare of unnecessary frivolities, Ivo van Hove’s reputation for successfully coaxing texts into a modern setting is well known. Relying on subtlety and talent, as opposed to grandeur, has paid off for the National Theatre as Norwegian playwright, ...

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War Horse – The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Writer: Nick Stafford from the original by Michael Morpurgo Director: Marianne Elliott & Tom Morris Movement: Toby Sedgwick Reviewer: Neill Barston From the moment the opening sequences of War Horse play out in a rural Devonshire field, this remarkable work of theatre remains truly captivating. As its author Michael Morpurgo – who attended the Canterbury press night marking the 10th ...

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People, Places and Things – HOME, Manchester

Writer: Duncan McMillan Director: Jeremy Herrin with Holly Race Roughan Reviewer: Jay Nuttall “People who aren’t addicted to anything are really missing out”. It may sound trite but it is a line in Duncan McMillan’s superbly crafted play that echoes long after the play ends. For anyone addicted to theatre this is one play you really don’t want to miss. ...

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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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Follies – National Theatre, London

Book: James Goldman Music and Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim Director: Dominic Cooke Reviewer: Scott Matthewman The very name is laden with double meaning. Primarily, of course, the title of Stephen Sondheim’s musical about a reunion of variety performers is a reference to the Ziegfeld Follies, whose dancers would glide down stately staircases in lavish costumes designed to show off a very ...

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Jane Eyre – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

JANE EYRE UK Tour 2017 Royal National Theatre

Writer: Sally Cookson from the novel by Charlotte Brontë Director: Sally Cookson Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Director Sally Cookson says that it is a daunting task to take one of the iconic English novels, a novel that is credited with changing the face of the novel by focusing on the thoughts, feelings and development of the eponymous heroine as she makes ...

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The Majority – National Theatre, London

Writer: Rob Drummond Director: David Overend Reviewer: Stephen Bates Sometimes it feels as if the only thing that can be said in favour of democracy is that it is infinitely preferable to any conceivable alternative. Rob Drummond’s new 90-minute one man show sets out to expose the fallibilities, anomalies and contradictions of majority verdicts by asking the audience to make ...

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