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Waiting For Godot – Arts Theatre, London

Writer: Samuel Beckett Director: Peter Reid Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Hmmm… lalalalala…. [drums fingers] … you’re probably waiting for the review to start. British people spend an awfully long time waiting for things; we queue patiently in the Post Office or at the bus stop, endure months till the next holiday or wait quietly for late friends. So, Samuel Beckett’s best-known ...

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A Brief History of Women – Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

Writer & Director: Alan Ayckbourn Designer: Kevin Jenkins Lighting: Jason Taylor Composer: Simon Slater Reviewer: Ron Simpson Ingenious, mischievous and ultimately humane, A Brief History of Women is proof that, in his 58th year of writing plays, Alan Ayckbourn is still able to find new ways of entertaining us for two hours and making us think a bit as well. ...

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The Unsung – The Roundhouse, London

Writer: Genevieve Carver Reviewer: Christie-Luke Jones The Unsung stands before its audience wearing two equally impressive hats. On one hand, it’s a globe-trotting, heartbreaking eulogy for musicians who lived and died in varying degrees of obscurity. And on the other, it’s a joyful celebration of music as an undying beacon of hope and inspiration. Poet Genevieve Carver and her three-piece ...

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Follies – National Theatre, London

Book: James Goldman Music and Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim Director: Dominic Cooke Reviewer: Scott Matthewman The very name is laden with double meaning. Primarily, of course, the title of Stephen Sondheim’s musical about a reunion of variety performers is a reference to the Ziegfeld Follies, whose dancers would glide down stately staircases in lavish costumes designed to show off a very ...

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The Suitcase – Hull Truck Theatre

Writer: Es’kia Mphahlele Adaptor and Director: Sibongeleni James Ngcobo Composer: Hugh Masakela Designer: Nadya Cohen Lighting: Wesley France Reviewer: Ron Simpson Hull Truck deserves huge credit for bringing to the North of England this production by one of the world’s iconic theatre companies. The Market Theatre of Johannesburg was founded in 1976 and built a reputation equally for artistic excellence ...

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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas

Writer: Based on the book by John Boyne Music: Gary Yershon Director and Choreographer: Daniel de Andradge Reviewer: Laura Stimpson By special arrangement with Miramax, Northern Ballet brings to the stage John Boyne’s New York Times best seller, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas at the West Yorkshire Playhouse. A story which needs little introduction, the 2006 novel The Boy ...

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Deadline Day – Theatre N16, London

Writers: John Hickman and Steve Robertson Director: James Callas Ball Reviewer: Richard Maguire Football and theatre may seem to be uneasy bedfellows but, in the last few years, we’ve had quite a number of shows about the "Beautiful Game". As well as The Pass, and Jumpers for Goalposts, Bend it Like Beckham scored in the West End and Patrick Marber’s ...

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The Simon and Garfunkel Story – Lyric Theatre, London

Director: Dean Elliott Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty With a shock of curly hair, and a pleasing difference in height, we see a silhouette of our two singers against a screen filled with history of the duo. As the lights lift, we see that for the next two and a bit hours our host certainly look the part, and we soon hear ...

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