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Our Country’s Good – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Timberlake Wertenbaker Director: Fiona Buffini Reviewer: Jay Nuttall Timberlake Wertenbaker's 1988 play Our Country's Good seems an apt and almost perfect choice for the third of Ramps on the Moon theatre's annual touring productions with UK repertory theatres. This collaboration, with Nottingham Playhouse, is currently on tour and with a 17 strong integrated cast of deaf and disabled actors. ...

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The Duchess Of Malfi – Nottingham Playhouse

Writer: John Webster Director: Fiona Buffini Reviewer: Fergus Morgan Fury. Forbidden love. Bloody murder. That is what is promised by the blood-spattered posters for Nottingham Playhouse’s production of The Duchess Of Malfi. It does not disappoint. John Webster’s Jacobean tragedy-cum-revenge-thriller is here brought to life by director Fiona Buffini with exhilarating panache in a vivid and stylish interpretation that owes ...

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The Venetian Twins – The Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Carlo Goldoni Adapter &Director: Tony Cownie Designer: Neil Murray Reviewer: S.E. Webster As the theatrical season draws to a conclusion at Edinburgh’s Royal Lyceum Theatre, the resident theatre company are giving a second outing to a scotticized Goldoni play. 50 years since Victor Carin’s adaptation A Servant of Twa Maisters trod the theatre’s floorboards, the raucous laughter and applause ...

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The Threepenny Opera – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer: Bertolt Brecht Composer: Kurt Weil English Dialogue: Robert David Macdonald English Lyrics: Jeremy Sams Directors: Jenny Sealey and Peter Rowe Reviewer: Glen Pearce   There’s rebellion in the air at The New Wolsey Theatre. Banners are strewn across the foyer and auditorium, and cast members seem to be busking in the box office. It’s not some scheme to highlight ...

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Steptoe and Son – Bristol Old Vic

Writers: Ray Galton &Alan Simpson Adaptor &Director: Emma Rice Music: Jim Henson &Simon Baker Reviewer: Samuel Shelton [rating:4.5] It’s a celebration of Steptoe and Son with Britain’s best rag and bone men. The brilliant Steptoe and Son is still at its best 39 years since its final broadcast on the BBC. Something original writers Ray Galton and Alan Simpson would ...

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Steptoe & Son – The Lowry, Salford

Writers: Ray Galton &Alan Simpson Adapter &Director: Emma Rice Reviewer: Ruth Lovett [rating:3.5]   Taking a popular sitcom and adapting it for theatre is not a new concept but is one with varying degrees of success. Kneehigh's decision to tackle this popular show could have spelled disaster. As it happens this is a fairly successful attempt but it is not ...

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Steptoe and Son – Royal & Derngate, Northampton

Writers: Galton and Simpson Adapted &Directed: Emma Rice Reviewer: Sue Dixon [rating:3.0] Kneehigh Productions, under the direction of Emma Rice, should bring an expectancy of joyful anarchy and so this production of Steptoe and Son rightly promised a creative adaptation of an old classic. Will the dark humour surrounding the institutionally renowned rag and bone men be enhanced further on ...

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