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An Evening With An Immigrant – Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry

Writer: Inua Ellams Reviewer:  Daljinder Johal It's hard to tell whether Inua Ellams uses his voice or his hands the most evocatively to weave images of his “idyllic” childhood in Nigeria, displacement between Dublin and London, immigration struggles and profound familial love. Born to a Muslim father and Christian mother in a part of Nigeria that is now considered to be ...

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My Country; a work in progress – National Theatre, London

Writer: Carol Ann Duffy Director: Rufus Norris Reviewer: Stephen Bates There was once a joke that began: "An Englishman, a Scotsman, a Welshman and an Irishman entered a bar and...". To continue would now be deemed politically incorrect, but, in this 80-minute show, partly a state of the nation(s) address, the National Theatre takes licence to exhume all the old ...

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – The Grand, Leeds

Writer:  Simon Stephens, based on the novel by Mark Haddon Director: Marianne Elliott Reviewer: Stephen Brennan The floor and walls of the stage at The Grand in Leeds are covered in gridlines straight from a maths textbook. The effect is to create a claustrophobic and oppressive cage filled with, among other things, a number of white crates, seemingly miscellaneous items ...

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time -The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Mark Haddon Adaptor: Simon Stephens Director: Marianne Elliott Reviewer: Jay Nuttall This monster hit of a show is back on the road. Five years after taking London by storm and winning countless awards from runs in the West End and on Broadway it embarks on another UK tour throughout 2017, opening at The Lowry in Salford. Mark Haddon’s bestselling ...

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Love – National Theatre, London

Writer and director: Alexander Zeldin Reviewer: Stephen Bates As Tina Turner once asked "what's love got to do with it?", and it takes a long time for it to dawn why Alexander Zeldin chose to give the title Love to his play about a loveless society. When we hear of homelessness at Christmas, we may think of people sleeping rough who we risk falling ...

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Hedda Gabler – National Theatre, London

Writer: Henrik Ibsen Director: Ivo van Hove Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Hedda Gabler is one of theatre’s foremost roles for women. The part is so complex and internalised that it is often compared to Hamlet, and for many female actors attempting it remains a mark of their seriousness as a performer. Hedda’s fascination lies in the many interpretations that the role ...

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Peter Pan – National Theatre, London

Writer: J M Barrie Director: Sally Cookson  Reviewer: Scott Matthewman While it is rightly regarded as a children's classic, Peter Pan is, let's face it, prone to being unbearably twee. Often presented on stage as a "straight" tale of children enjoying a fantasy adventure, to ignore its multilayered metaphors is to gut it of all excitement, reducing it to little ...

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