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Brighton Rock – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Writer: Bryony Lavery, from the book by Graham Greene Director: Esther Richardson Reviewer: Selwyn Knight There’s a power vacuum in Brighton’s underworld. Gangleader Kite is dead and the remains of his gang are in thrall to Pinkie. Just 17, Pinkie is a natural leader for the gang, ruthless and cunning, but can he win over Kite’s protection clients or will they ...

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Brighton Rock –  Brighton Theatre Royal

Writer: Graham Greene Adaptor: Bryony Lavery Director: Esther Richardson Reviewer: Cathy Swaby Playwright Bryony Lavery’s adaptation of Graham Greene’s 1938 novel Brighton Rock is a haunting, stylish masterpiece, which leads the audience on a journey of life and death, good versus evil, and the angst of youth. Lavery, who’s most well-known play Frozen is re-running in London theatres, has cleverly ...

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Brighton Rock – Theatre Royal, York

Writer: Graham Greene Adapter: Bryony Lavery Director: Esther Richardson Composer: Hannah Peel Designer: Sara Perks Lighting: Aideen Malone Reviewer: Ron Simpson Brighton Rock presents many problems to the maker of a stage adaptation. Apart from a considerable roster of characters named and unnamed, its emphasis on violence, often for its own sake, and Greene’s use of Catholic theology and the ...

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The Hypocrite – Swan Theatre, Stratford on Avon

Writer: Richard Bean Director: Phillip Breen Reviewer:  James Garrington One thing you can pretty much guarantee with a Richard Bean script – you won’t be bored. Set at the beginning of the English Civil War, The Hypocrite is based on a true story. Hull has the largest military arsenal outside London – with signs of civil war looming, whoever takes ...

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Treasure Island – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Some of the company of Treasure Island

Writer: Bryony Lavery, from the book by Robert Louis Stevenson Director: Phillip Breen Reviewer: Selwyn Knight As Robert Louis Stevenson said of Treasure Island, “it [is] a story for boys … women were excluded”, and its cast of characters certainly bears that out. But history also tells us that 18th-century women did do physical work and were even pirates. It ...

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Pomona – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Writer: Alistair McDowall Director: Ned Bennett Reviewer: Iain Sykes Alistair McDowall’s Pomona is coming home. Home to the city that bears the desolate island of the title, all cracked concrete, surrounded by canals and tram lines, cut off from the rest of the city by a gated single road in and out. Not that local knowledge adds anything to this ...

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