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Holes – Nottingham Playhouse

Writer: Louis Sachar Director: Adam Penford Reviewer: Dave Smith Having got his tenure as Artistic Director at Nottingham Playhouse off to a solid start with local mining paean Wonderland, Adam Penford here significantly raises the bar with this unendingly inventive and entertaining adaptation of Louis Sachar’s modern classic novel Holes. This is a clever and intelligently directed combination of humour, silliness, ...

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Wonderland – Nottingham Playhouse

Writer: Beth Steel Director: Adam Penford Reviewer: Dave Smith There’s no escaping the fact that how you view the events and politics of the 1983/84 miners’ strike is going to have a serious impact on how you view Beth Steel’s homage to the camaraderie and courage of Britain’s now all but disappeared mining communities. As the daughter of a Nottinghamshire ...

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The Kite Runner – Northcott Theatre, Exeter

Novel: Khaled Hosseini Stage adaptation: Matthew Spangler Director: Giles Croft Reviewer: Swati Arora A grand narrative about moving continents and inter-generational conflict comes alive in this visually stunning production of The Kite Runner. Amir, the narrator of his own tale, struggles to carry the burden of masculinity, as he tries in vain to make his Baba feel proud of him. ...

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Pride and Prejudice – Nottingham Playhouse

Writer: Sara Pascoe from the book by Jane Austen Director: Susannah Tresilian Reviewer: Dave Smith Play fast and loose with national treasures and you’re going to upset a few people – just ask Emma Rice. So when it was announced that Sara Pascoe, stand-up comedian and veteran of any number of television comedy shows such as Mock the Week, Frankie Boyle’s ...

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Dangerous Corner – Nottingham Playhouse

Four women in thirties costume, three seated, one standing

Writer: J. B. Priestley Director: Karen Henson Reviewer: David Robinson Due to some essential refurbishment work at the Nottingham Theatre Royal, the regular Colin McIntyre summer thriller season moves down the road and around a corner or two and arrives promptly for a run at the Playhouse. Dangerous Corner was JB Priestley’s first attempt at writing a full-length play although ...

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East is East – Nottingham Playhouse

An Asian family in their chip shop

Writer: Ayub Khan Din Director: Suba Das Reviewer: Dave Smith The press night for this timely revival of Ayub Khan Din’s 1996 play, a co-production with Northern Stage, takes place a little over a week before a General Election in which Islam, immigration and Britain’s place in the world have played a leading role. That many of the issues that ...

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The Who’s Tommy – Nottingham Playhouse

Three young men dancing in front of a statue

Music & Lyrics: Pete Townsend Book: Pete Townsend & Des McAnuff Additional Music & Lyrics: John Entwistle & Keith Moon Director: Kerry Michael Reviewer:  Dave Smith It’s nearly 50 years since The Who released Tommy, one of two concept albums by the band (along with Quadrophenia) that helped turn them from Mod favourites to genuine rock icons. The plot concerns ...

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The Grapes of Wrath – Nottingham Playhouse

Molly Logan (Rose)

Writer: Frank Galati adapted from the novel by John Steinbeck Director: Abbey Wright Reviewer:  Claire Going John Steinbeck’s 1939 novel is widely acknowledged as an epic tale of struggle and unity, and Frank Galati’s stage adaptation has been lauded, winning a Tony Award back in 1990.  What a shame, then, that Abbey Wright’s new production of The Grapes of Wrath never quite ...

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