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Deathtrap – New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

A man with a mace and a woman looking apprehension at a table

Writer: Ira Levin Director: Adam Penford Reviewer: John Kennedy Death doesn’t quite become this interpretation of Ira Levin’s Broadway blockbuster. Perhaps crime, shifting tides and times wait for no man or woman. Once prolific thriller playwright Sidney Bruhl (Paul Bradley) is facing writer’s block. He receives an unsolicited play-script from an admiring ex-student entitled Deathtrap; it is brilliant. Sidney shares alternative dark ...

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Deathtrap – The New Theatre, Cardiff

A man with a mace and a woman looking apprehension at a table

Writer: Ira Levin Director: Adam Penford Reviewer: Beth Steer Pitted as a ‘satisfying spine-chiller that’ll keep you on the edge of your seat’, Deathtrap in its UK tour is a real showstopper. The play holds the record for the longest-running Broadway thriller in history – and it’s not hard to see why. With a talented cast of five, more twists ...

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Deathtrap – Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

A man with a mace and a woman looking apprehension at a table

Writer: Ira Levin Director: Adam Penford Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Ira Levin’s 1978 comedy-thriller Deathtrap, which became one of Broadway’s longest running plays, is a postmodern masterpiece. Revolving around the machinations of a struggling playwright of thrillers, several of the play’s twists and turns involve the writing of a play, also called Deathtrap, which mirrors events on stage. Levin’s witty script ...

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Million Dollar Quartet – Liverpool Empire

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Book: Colin Escott &Flloyd Mutrix Conceived by Flloyd Mutrix Director: Ian Talbot Reviewer: John Roberts On one cold Memphis evening on December 4, 1956 - at the famous Sun Studios, legendary record producer Sam Phillips was in a recording studio laying down tracks for recent number one artist Carl Philips... playing for him that session was an unknown live-wire pianist called ...

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Million Dollar Quartet – The Grand, Leeds

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Writers: Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrix Director: Ian Talbot Reviewer: Holly Spanner It’s the fourth of December 1956 in Nashville, Tennessee. In a small recording studio on 706 Union Avenue, a seminal moment in rock n’ roll history is taking place; an impromptu jam session between Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Johnny Cash. And, as far as ...

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First Light – Minerva Theatre, Chichester

First Light - Chichester Minerva

Writer: Mark Hayhurst Reviewer: David Jobson   Playwright Mark Mayhurst is no stranger to writing about the devastating impact of warfare to different people. His exploration about Nazi brutality in Taken at Midnight received critical acclaim in Chichester and the West End. Now he is back with his latest work, First Light, a WW1 play that addresses one of the ...

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Deathtrap – Salisbury Playhouse, Salisbury

Man with hands held up while having gun pointed at him by another man

Writer: Ira Levin Director: Adam Penford Reviewer: Sharon MacDonald-Armitage   There is nothing more exciting than the anticipation of a good old-fashioned thriller and Deathtrap at Salisbury Playhouse lives up to expectations. The plot is surprisingly simple; slightly past his creative best Broadway playwright Sidney Bruhl (Kim Wall) has thoughts of murder in order to take credit for a first ...

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Larisa and the Merchants – Arcola Theatre, London

Writer: Alexander Ostrovsky in a new version by Samuel Adamson Director: Jacqui Honess-Martin Reviewer: Harry Stern [rating:4] It is 1878 and Mother Russia is changing. The age of aristocratic patronage is under threat and the middle classes rise to create the next age – the age of bourgeoisie. The merchants are on the march. Centuries-old, immutable patterns and traditions of ...

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