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The March on Russia – Orange Tree Theatre, London

Writer: David Storey Director: Alice Hamilton Reviewer: Richard Maguire Until this year, theatre reviewers had to exercise caution when it came to writing about David Storey plays. Reliable rumour has it that back in 1976 Storey slapped The Guardian’s Michael Billington around the head after he had written a particularly sniffy review of Storey’s new play. In fact, there’s very ...

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Out of Love – Summerhall, Edinburgh

two women one man standing

Writer: Elinor Cook Director: James Grieve Reviewer: John Kennedy Elinor Cook's life-affirming, celebratory love-letter to childhood innocence, inseparable friendship, parental break-ups, adolescent angst and amazement, not least, teenage clumsy fag and bike-shed fumbling are the stepping-stones of Lorna and Grace's lives. The play's title has teasing ambiguities. Out of their love, any later nuance of gay affection, seems almost trivial, ...

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French Without Tears – CAST, Doncaster

French without Tears

Writer: Terence Rattigan Director: Paul Miller Reviewer: Laura Hibbert The show begins and audience are shown a taste of the surprising, yet delightful quality to come, inTerence Rattigan’s 1930s light-hearted comedyFrench Without Tears, as Kenneth (also known as Babe) pours a real, hot and steaming pot of coffee into his cup. Much like the effects of the beloved hot beverage, ...

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French Without Tears. Exeter Northcott, Exeter

Writer : Terence Rattigan Director : Paul Miller Reviewer : Joan Phillips Battle lines are drawn, the enemy identified, the fight begins. Terence Rattigan’s very funny French Without Tears is the clearest demonstration of the need to understand your enemy before going into afight. In this case, the target is not mastering the French language or ‘Johnny Foreigner’, on the ...

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French Without Tears – Orange Tree Theatre, London

Writer: Terence Rattigan Director: Paul Miller Reviewer: David Guest It is hard to understand why Terence Rattigan tried to play down the success of his first major offering, French Without Tears, fearing it would mark him as frivolous and lightweight. As Director Paul Miller seeks to prove in this Orange Tree co-production with the English Touring Theatre, Rattigan’s 1936 comedy ...

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German Skerries – Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

Poster image for German Skerries

Writer: Robert Holman Director: Alice Hamilton Designer: James Perkins Reviewer: Ron Simpson The pre-publicity for German Skerries describes it thus: “A friendship, a marriage, a holiday, a death.” Factually this is correct; the impression, however, is slightly misleading. Of the three scenes, the first deals with the meeting and developing the friendship of Jack, a young factory worker, and Martin, ...

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The Brink – Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond

Writer: Brad Birch Director: Mel Hillyard Reviewer: Stephen Bates   Nick is not sleeping well. Every night he is woken by the same nightmare that the school at which he teaches is blown to smithereens and he himself is splattered into a million little pieces. The dreams lead him to the brink of extreme anxiety and then the discovery that ...

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NEWS: Orange Tree’s French Without Tears set for UK tour

The cast of French Without Tears at Orange Tree Theatre

  London's Orange Tree Theatre has announced it is partnering with English Touring Theatre to tour their sell out production of Terence Rattigan's French Without Tears in 2016. The critically acclaimed (read our 5* review here) will return to the Orange Tree for 31 performances in June 2016 then tour in the autumn. Directed by Paul Miller, the tour will ...

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