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Educating Rita – Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch

Writer: Willy Russell Director: Rosalind Philips Reviewer: Michael Gray Willy Russell's classic two-hander, Educating Rita, is revised - “revitalised” according to the publicity – in this production at the Queen's Theatre Hornchurch. Two things set it apart: the stage is extended into the auditorium, with the audience on three sides of Frank's untidy university study. And the action has been ...

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The Mentor – Theatre Royal Bath

Writer: Daniel Kehlmann Translator: Christopher Hampton Director: Laurence Boswell Reviewer: Claire Hayes The Ustinov Studio, under artistic director Laurence Boswell, has garnered a well-deserved reputation for unearthing significant international works to present to a British audience - and then attracting top-flight actors to appear in them. Productions like The Father, with Kenneth Cranham in the lead role, have transferred to ...

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Trouble In Mind – Ustinov Studio, Theatre Royal Bath

Writer: Alice Childress Director: Laurence Boswell Reviewer: Claire Hayes In the aftermath of a brutal 2016 election dividing the US along racial lines, Trouble in Mind offers a particularly timely glimpse of segregation in mid-20th Century America. Laurence Boswell’s latest production for the Ustinov revives Alice Childress’ trailblazing but overlooked work, originally produced Off Broadway in 1955; a race-play-within-a-race-play. It’s ...

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Deny, Deny, Deny – Park Theatre, London

Writer: Jonathan Maitland Director: Brendan O'Hea Reviewer: Stephen Bates Jonathan Maitland is making quite a name for himself as a dramatist unafraid to take on tricky topical subjects. Following his play An Audience With Jimmy Saville, he turns his attentions to cheating in Athletics, asking whether it is worth crossing ethical lines in order to cross winning lines. We are ...

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Forever Yours, Marie-Lou – Theatre Royal, Bath

Writer: Michel Tremblay (translated by Michael West) Director: Laurence Boswell Reviewer: Claire Hayes The second in the Ustinov’s season of French-Canadian drama, Forever Yours, Marie-Lou (À toi, pour toujours, ta Marie-Lou) comes to Bath with a substantial pedigree already under its belt. Written in 1970 in the French working class vernacular of Montreal, Michel Tremblay’s tragedy of a dysfunctional family ...

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Jumpy – Theatr Clwyd, Mold

Writer: April De Angelis Director: Lisa Spirling Reviewer: Charlie Senate Well, that’s one way to spice up a family holiday. In the midst of a particularly awkward family exchange, Hilary’s BFF, aging performer Frances (Kerry Peers), decides to debut her new routine: a sultry burlesque that she hopes, in her heart of hearts, might just win her the attention of ...

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Firebird – Trafalgar Studios, London

The cast of Firebird at Trafalgar Studios

Writer: Phil Davies Director: Edward Hall Reviewer: Madelaine Bowman   After gaining huge success with a sell-out run last year at North London’s Hampstead Theatre, Firebird has arrived on the West End, and it’s just as powerful and harrowing as it was the first time round. Devised in response to the child sex trafficking case that took the UK by ...

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The One That Got Away – Ustinov Studio, Theatre Royal, Bath

The One that Got Away with Richard Clothier and Frances McNamee

Writer: Georges Feydeau Translator: Kenneth McLeish Director: Laurence Boswell Reviewer: Claire Hayes   Hot on the heels of Eugène Labiche’sMonsieur Popular, the second of the Ustinov’s classic 19th Century French farces is from the master himself, Georges Feydeau. In The One That Got Away, Kenneth McLeish’s translation of Feydeau’s 1892 play,Monsieur Chasse!, director Laurence Boswell capitalises on the exaggerated twists ...

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