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The Weir – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Connor McPherson Director: Adele Thomas Reviewer: Tom Ralphs Just as there are some bands who seem born to perform in stadiums and others whose natural home will forever be small, sweaty venues, there are some plays that demand a large theatre and others best appreciated in more intimate surroundings. The Weir falls into the latter category. Set in a ...

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The Weir – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Conor McPherson Director: Adele Thomas Reviewer: Jim Gillespie 20 years since its first performance at the Royal Court Theatre, English Touring Theatre in a co-production with Colchester's Mercury Theatre bring their own take on Conor McPherson’s drama to The Lowry in Salford. The play is set in rural Ireland, and the Irishness of its cosmology underpins the entire production. ...

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The Weir – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre,  Guildford

Writer: Conor McPherson Director: Adele Thomas Reviewer: Steve Turner The Weir of the title is a run-down pub somewhere in the Irish countryside. Here we meet Jack the local garage owner, Jim an odd job man and sometime assistant to Jack, and Brendan the landlord, passing the evening together as they would seem to pass many evenings. Enter Finbar, a sometime ...

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The Weir – Harrogate Theatre

Writer: Conor McPherson Director: Adele Thomas Designer: Madeleine Girling Lighting: Lee Curran Composer/Sound: Richard Hammarton Reviewer: Ron Simpson There’s this Irishman goes into a pub. He can’t find the barman and the draught Guinness is off, so he opens a bottle and goes to put the money in the till, then the barman enters....and, as the evening goes on, two ...

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The Hook – The Royal and Derngate, Northampton

Writer: Ron Hutchinson adapted from the book by Arthur Miller Director: James Dacre Reviewer: Natasha Hegarty It is very unusual to come across a new play by such an iconic writer such as Arthur Miller, but The Hook receives its world premiere at Northampton’s Royal and Derngate theatre. Adapted for the stage by Emmy Award-winning writer, Ron Hutchinson, it premieres ...

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Cat On A Hot Tin Roof – Royal & Derngate, Northampton

Writer: Tennessee Williams Director: James Dacre Reviewer: Kevin Evans First performed in 1955 and prestigious winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, is widely regarded as Tennessee Williams’ finest play; indeed many might say it is one of the best of the 20th Century. It tells the story of the strife within a Mississippi ...

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The Double – Ustinov Studio, Theatre Royal Bath

Writer: Fyodor Dostoevsky Director: Laurence Boswell Reviewer: Shane Morgan [rating:5] As if Mr. Goliadkin doesn’t have enough on his plate with his multitude of insecurities, ticks and issues, he has just discovered he has a nemesis. Things go from bad to worse when he discovers his nemesis is a carbon copy of himself just with all the opposite traits – ...

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The Soft of her Palm – Finborough Theatre, London

Writer: Chris Dunkley Director: Ola Ince Reviewer: Ian Foster [rating:3.5] Not many plays are set in Northampton and though Chris Dunkley’s The Soft of her Palm takes place there, it is more a signifier of ‘everytown’ rather than tied to this specific location. For domestic violence – the subject of this disturbingly intense and thought-provoking 80 minute play – can ...

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