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Quartet – Theatre Royal, Brighton

Writer: Ronald Harwood Director: Peter Rowe Reviewer: Cathy Swaby There has always been something compelling about a story that challenges our fear of mortality and growing old. Unlike the standard role of grandparent, wise bearded wizard or grumpy old man, it is refreshing when we are shown actors giving more guileless, positive impressions of being one step nearer the grave. ...

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Quartet – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Writer: Ronald Harwood Director: Peter Rowe Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Growing older is compulsory – or at least, better than the alternative, most would agree. What Writer, Ronald Harwood, seems to be suggesting is that what matters isn’t the physical fact of ageing, but how we cope mentally with the changes it inevitably brings. He tells his story through the eyes ...

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Quartet – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer: Ronald Harwood   Director: Peter Rowe Reviewer: Molly Richardson Quartet tells of four retired and aging opera singers, who have taken residence in a care home. First, we meet trio Cecily (Wendi Peters), Reggie (Jeff Rawle) and Wilfred (Paul Nicholas), who are unearthing the mystery of who the new ‘star’ resident is to be – there are mixed reactions ...

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The Dresser – Chichester Festival Theatre

The Dresser

Writer: Ronald Harwood Director: Sean Foley Reviewer: Bill Avenell There is always a slightly guilty pleasure felt in laughing at a play which is based on a harrowing subject, but as well as being a first-rate production of a well-written play, The Dresser at Chichester is extremely amusing, partly because of Ronald Harwood’s tight script and partly because the players, ...

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The Dresser – Duke of Yorks Theatre, London

The Dresser

Writer: Ronald Harwood Director: Sean Foley Reviewer: Jon Wainwright It's 1941. Smoke and dust are rising from bomb craters outside the theatre, and another air raid is underway. Civilisation may be "under threat from the forces of darkness" but what matters right now is the absence of Sir. Norman, his dresser, is all aflutter. Under the circumstances (the lead actor ...

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The Dresser – Theatre Royal, Brighton

The Dresser

Writer: Ronald Harwood Director: Sean Foley Reviewer: Steve Turner   First performed in 1980 and memorably made into a film in 1983, The Dresser, Ronald Harwood’s study of the relationship between an ageing star and his dresser delivers humour and heartache in equal measure. Set during the German air raids of the Second World War the action takes place in ...

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Equally Divided – Watford Palace Theatre, Watford

Writer: Ronald Harwood Director: Brigid Larmour Reviewer: Jonathan Baz [rating:2.5] Equally Divided returns to the Watford stage, some 15 years after Ronald Harwood’s work first played there. It’s a curious literary concoction, part comic, part tragic and in part questioning important social and moral dilemmas that include loneliness, envy, rejection and the experience of second generation immigrants. The scope of ...

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