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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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Kiss Me Quickstep – Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

Production photo of Kiss Me Quick Step

Writer: Amanda Whittington Director: Theresa Heskins Set Designer: Dawn Allsop Choreographer: Beverley Edmunds Reviewer: Ron Simpson Amanda Whittington’s gift for situational comedy/drama is seen at its best in Kiss Me Quickstep, now touring in an entertaining and well-judged production from the New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme. The original idea is promising: follow three couples at the Amateur Ballroom Championships in Blackpool ...

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The Merry Wives – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Barrie Rutter Reviewer: Jo Beggs Sir John Falstaff is past his prime. But despite living alone above an ale-house and about as out of shape as a man can be, his vanity is still pretty intact. When he attempts to seduce not one, but two married women he sets himself up as the target for some ...

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Kiss Me Quickstep – New Vic Theatre, Newcastle Under Lyme

Production photo of Kiss Me Quick Step

Writer: Amanda Whittington Director: Theresa Heskins Reviewer: Matthew Bagnall “Who knows what really goes on in a marriage?” Blackpool. The home of traditional British holidays and now the British Ballroom Championships. This new play by Amanda Whittington (well known for Be My Baby among others) isn’t about dancing at all. Directed by Theresa Heskins in a co-production with Oldham Coliseum, ...

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Our Gracie – Oldham Coliseum Theatre

Sue Devaney as Gracie Fields

Writer: Philip Goulding Director: Kevin Shaw Reviewer: Donna Kelly 37 years after her death, Dame Gracie Fields’ extraordinary life story is brought to life in a brand-new stage production written for Oldham Coliseum and New Vic Theatre. The former mill girl from Rochdale rose to international fame in 1931 with Sally In Our Alley, the film which featured her signature ...

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Interview: Barrie Rutter on The Merry Wives

Image Credit: Nobby Clarke

By Ron Simpson Two hours before the matinee performance of The Merry Wives at the home of Northern Broadsides, Dean Clough Mill in Halifax, Barrie Rutter is talking about the production. The flowing hair and trim beard are part of his character of Sir John Falstaff; the fat suit will come later. For a play ostensibly set in Windsor, Northern ...

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The Ladykillers – New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme

Writer: William Rose Adapter: Graham Lineham Director: Mark Babych Reviewer: Matthew Bagnall “Is anyone back from the robbery yet?” It was a genius plan. Or so Professor Marcus thinks. One thing for sure is Graham Lineham’s stage adaptation of The Ladykillers is certainly the work of a genius.Lineham – The writer of popular comedy TV sitcoms Father Ted and The ...

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Dracula – New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme

Writer: Bram Stoker Director and Adaptor: Theresa Heskins Reviewer: Matthew Bagnall “You have the vampire’s blood!” Halloween has come early in Newcastle-under-Lyme. The New Vic Theatre have excelled with their adaptation of Bram Stoker’s classic Dracula. Directing her first production since the highly acclaimed run of The Borrowers, Theresa Heskins intelligently combines a multitude of creative ideas from live sound ...

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