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Kenny Morgan – Arcola Theatre, London

Writer: Mike Poulton Director: Lucy Bailey Reviewer: Maryam Philpott   Since the centenary celebrations of Terence Rattigan’s birth in 2011 his plays have enjoyed something of a resurgence in London. Next week the latest of these opens at The National Theatre, The Deep Blue Sea, starring Helen McCrory, but Rattigan’s fiction was based on real life events, and in a perfectly timed opening ...

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The Odyssey: Missing Presumed Dead – Northcott Theatre, Exeter

The Odyssey by Simon Armitage

Writer: Simon Armitage Director: Nick Bagnall Reviewer: Christy Ku   “Grief for the missing is worse than the grief for the dead.” A high-ranking government minister is sent abroad to Istanbul as a representative on a diplomatic mission. Smith is a man who has already missed too many birthdays and hospital visits, been too absent from home, when a bar ...

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The Odyssey: Missing Presumed Dead – Everyman Theatre, Liverpool

The Odyssey by Simon Armitage

Writer: Simon Armitage Director: Nick Bagnall Reviewer: May Mellstrom Having previously collaborated on The Last Days of Troy - an adaptation of Homer’s The Iliad - poet and playwright Simon Armitage and director Nick Bagnall have turned their attention to the sequel, Odyssey and produced a bold and witty re-imagining of the classic poem. Beginning in present-day Britain, government minister ...

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Hamlet – Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Mold

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Terry Hands Reviewer: Taylor Simmons ‘What a piece of work is a man!’ Over his eighteen years as Resident Artistic Director of Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Terry Hands has carved himself a legacy - and with Hamlet his legacy is certainly confirmed. As Shakespeare’s longest play – and one which is frequently performed, analysed and interpreted – ...

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A Marvellous Year for Plums, Chichester Festival Theatre, Chichester

Author: Hugh Whitemore Director: Philip Franks Reviewer: Bill Avenell [rating:5] Quite simply it was splendid from start to finish. Not a weak link anywhere, cast, direction, music, lights, the works, outstanding. A drama about the 1956 ‘Suez Crisis’ is perhaps not for everyone at first sight and the journey to Chichester was undertaken with a certain amount of trepidation last ...

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