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The Pitmen Painters – New Vic Theatre, Newcastle under Lyme

Writer: Lee Hall Director: Gwenda Hughes Reviewer: Carol Lovatt An association between pitmen and painters does not automatically spring to mind, well, not painting as in artistic pursuit, as in creatively applying paint to canvas, but The Pitmen Painters currently in residence at the New Vic Theatre challenges the misconception as it tells the story of a group of pre-war ...

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Beryl – New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme

Writer: Maxine Peake Director: Gemma Fairlie Reviewer: Carol Lovatt It seems fitting to write a review of Beryl by Maxine Peake on International Women’s Day. The world-beating cyclist Beryl Burton from Yorkshire, was a woman who soared to incredible sporting highs at a time when women were not taken seriously in the competitive cycling world,  In fact, it was Beryl ...

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Cyrano – New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-Under-Lyme

Writer: Edmond Rostand Adaptor: Deborah McAndrew Director: Conrad Nelson Reviewer: Matthew Bagnall Both heart-warming and heart-breaking in equal measure, this adaptation of Edmond Rostand’s play Cyrano de Bergerac is a poetic delight. Taking a classic and reimagining it into a culturally relevant piece of art is no mean feat, yet Northern Broadsides consistently achieve this through their adaptations. Cyrano is ...

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The Snow Queen – New Vic, Newcastle-under-Lyme

Writer: Hans Christian Anderson Adaptor &Director: Theresa Heskins Reviewer: Carol Lovatt The Snow Queen is a fitting offering from the New Vic as the festive season begins to bite.  It is a play that encapsulates the iciness of the temperatures outside but within is the warmth of a story based on hope. The Snow Queen was written by Hans Christian ...

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When We Are Married – New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-Under-Lyme

Writer: J.B Priestley Director: Barrie Rutter Reviewer: Carol Lovatt J B Priestley’s When We Are Married is a comic masterpiece and a wry observation on the joys and perils of that great institution, marriage.  Most famed for the classic An Inspector Calls, Priestly proved in his time that he was a maestro of wide ability in his capacity to dramatise ...

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Singin’ in the Rain – The New Vic – Newcastle under Lyme.

Actor-Musician production of Singing' in the Rain directed by Elizabeth Newman

Book: Betty Comden &Adolph Green Music: Nacio Herb Brown Lyrics: Arthur Freed Director: Elizabeth Newman Reviewer: Carol Lovatt The New Vic’s latest co-production with Bolton’s Octagon Theatre of Singin’ in the Rain is a show not to be missed. Full of memorable songs written by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed, laugh-out-loud antics, clever choreography plus heaps of love and ...

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The Mountaintop – New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-Under-Lyme

New Vic's revival of The Mountain Top

Writer: Katori Hall Director: Abbey Wright Reviewer: Matthew Bagnall 4th April 1968. The death of Martin Luther King. We know a great deal about King’s influence on the civil rights movement during this period but this play imagines a bold and creative version of events leading up to his assassination. The New Vic Theatre are becoming renowned for their innovative ...

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