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Macbeth – Tobacco Factory, Bristol

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Adele Thomas Designer: Anisha Fields Lighting: Matthew Graham Sound: Max Pappenheim Reviewer: Leah Tozer Macbeth at the Tobacco Factory opens as one of Emily Dickinson’s famous works, about a fly interposing indifferently as death falls on its speaker, ends: ‘with Blue – uncertain – stumbling Buzz –’: the lighting is stark cyan, the space dark, and ...

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Twelfth Night – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Jo Davies Reviewer: Andrea Allen                    “What country, friends is this?” It’s Illyria, so expect cross-dressing, mistaken identity, music, booze and a few cruel tricks, “nothing that is so, is so”.  As the lights dim, music that can be inadequately described as Eastern European Gypsy-punk envelopes the room, setting a tingling tone of faraway lands where all ...

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Educating Rita – Hull Truck Theatre

Writer: Willy Russell Director: Mark Babych Designer: James Turner Reviewer: Ron Simpson Watching Educating Rita on stage in 2016 is a slightly odd experience, enjoyable nonetheless. The play’s on-stage history, with many more productions in the last six or seven years than in the previous 20, suggests a current wish to get back to the original after years of domination ...

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Living Quarters – Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Writer: Brian Friel Director: Andrew Hilton Reviewer: Claire Hayes In this new production of Living Quarters, Andrew Hilton dusts off the play he first directed back in 1991 to reimagine a much-overlooked piece by one of our most significant living writers. Yet, being revived as an echo from the past feels particularly appropriate for Brian Friel’s 1977 work, dwelling as ...

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The Accrington Pals – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Writer: Peter Whelan Director: James Dacre Reviewer: Luke Walker [Rating:4] Manchester's Royal Exchange Theatre opens the new year with a theatrical treat. Making his first directing credit at the theatre, James Dacre tackles an exquisite play set at the very heart of a Lancashire community nearly one hundred years ago. Peter Whelan's The Accrington Pals is the heartbreaking account of ...

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The Cherry Orchard – Rose Theatre, Kingston-upon-Thames

Writer: Anton Chekhov Director: Andrew Hilton [rating:3.5] The Bristol-based Shakespeare company, ‘Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory’ make their third foray into Chekhov territory, a comedy-based interpretation that achieves a decidedly Shakespearian balance. Initially at least there’s something of ‘Downton Abbey’ approach; a family returns to an ancestral home, complete with ancient retainers and a bevy of upper-class hangers-on with no ...

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