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Beginning – National Theatre, London

Writer: David Eldridge Director: Polly Findlay Reviewer: Stephen Bates David Eldridge’s new play begins at the end - the end of a drunken flat warming party. Hostess Laura (Justine Mitchell) stands at the door, but the last lingering guest, Danny (Sam Troughton), there as a friend of an acquaintance, declines to exit through it. After the play has progressed over ...

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Of Kith and Kin – Bush Theatre, London

Writer: Chris Thompson Director: Robert Hastie Reviewer: Stephen Bates The details of Chris Thompson’s new three-act play, first seen at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, may be very modern, but the style of its opening is distinctly old-fashioned. A living room, an expecting married couple and a cantankerous, interfering mother-in-law are staples of domestic comedy, but the modern twist is ...

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War Horse – Bristol Hippodrome

Writer: Nick Stafford (from Michael Morpurgo’s novel) Director: Marianna Elliott & Tom Morris Designer: Rae Smith Puppet Design and Direction: Basil Jones & Adrian Kohler Choreographer: Toby Sedgwick  Music: Adrian Sutton Reviewer: Leah Tozer  War Horse may be a show about horses, but it has the most heart, the most heroism, and the most humanity of any show you’ll ever see. The tale of Joey the horse and ...

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A Murder is Announced – Theatre Royal, York

Writer: Agatha Christie Adaptor: Leslie Darbon Director/Designer: Michael Lunney Reviewer: Ron Simpson The problems with Agatha Christie plays are mainly a matter of balancing plot and people and presenting an archaic Englishness without too much stuffiness or implied chauvinism. Christie herself could do this with a suitably light touch between the dramatic revelations, but in Middle Ground Theatre’s production Leslie ...

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The Weir – Northcott Theatre, Exeter

Writer: Conor McPherson Director:  Adele Thomas Reviewer: Ben Miller-Jarvest In a tiny local pub, in the depths of rural Ireland, five people come together, drink and tell stories. Brendon, the young owner, stands and listens, while Jack and Jim, a cantankerous old sot and his more mild-mannered associate, trade barbs with Finbar, their wealthy, successful friend and sparring-partner. Completing the ...

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Marc Almond: Shadows & Reflections – Town Hall, Leeds

Reviewer: Rich Jevons Some two years on since Marc Almond came to Leeds Town Hall to celebrate the release of The Velvet Trail which was followed by a recital of torch songs with the pop orchestra of Leeds College of Music, we are now treated to Almond alongside a vocal chorus, strings and brass section with the Musical Director at ...

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Hedda Gabler – Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

woman in white slip

Writer: Henrik Ibsen Adapter: Patrick Marber Director: Ivo van Hove Reviewer: Dominic Corr The confines of the corset are no more. Stripped bare of unnecessary frivolities, Ivo van Hove’s reputation for successfully coaxing texts into a modern setting is well known. Relying on subtlety and talent, as opposed to grandeur, has paid off for the National Theatre as Norwegian playwright, ...

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Crazy For You – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Music and Lyrics: George Gershwin & Ira Gershwin Book: Ken Ludwig Director: Paul Hart Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Based on the 1930 musical Girl Crazy, (where Ethel Merman made her stage debut and turned Ginger Rogers into a star overnight) and utilising the glorious back catalogue of the Gershwin brothers, Crazy For You was reworked in the 1990s by Ken Ludwig ...

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