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Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde  – Rose Theatre, Kingston

Writer: Robert Louis Stevenson Adaptor: David Edgar Director: Kate Saxon Reviewer: Richard Maguire What if man were made of two halves? A base half and a higher half? And what if one half spoke in a posh Edinburgh brogue and the other in a thick Glaswegian accent? These are the questions asked in the Rose Theatre’s confusing new production of ...

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Twelfth Night – Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Christopher Luscombe Reviewer: John Kennedy Some thirty years ago an ensemble of disparate student stereotypes, The Young Ones, exploded from our TV sit-com screens - often quite literally. When Adrian Edmondson’s anarcho-Punk, Vivyan, let loose his signature pet hamster comic-strip chaotic schtick mayhem ensued. Twelfth Night, the twelfth day of Christmas marks the Epiphany, the arrival of the ...

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The Norman Conquests – Chichester Festival Theatre

Writer: Alan Ayckbourn Director: Blanche McIntyre Reviewer: David Guest Seeing just one part of Alan Ayckbourn’s comic trilogy The Norman Conquests, splendidly revived at Chichester Festival Theatre as the final offering in a successful summer season, is like eating only one component part of a trifle: the jelly, sponge, cream or custard alone might offer a tasty treat but when put ...

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Racing Demon – Theatre Royal, Bath

Writer: David Hare Director: Jonathan Church Reviewer: Claire Hayes Jonathan Church’s inaugural summer season for Bath’s Theatre Royal signalled changes from the moment his programme was revealed – without any hint of the usual Shakespeare or Coward. Instead, it opens with a revival of David Hare’s 1990 play Racing Demon, a meditation on the state of the Church of England, ...

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Much Ado About Nothing – Theatre Royal, Haymarket

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Christopher Luscombe Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty It’s sometimes a little difficult to remember Shakespeare’s romantic comedies for things other than the wordplay, ridiculous situations and farce. This production has those three key elements for sure. However, it also brilliantly brings out the darkness and menace inherent in the chronicle of betrayal that is Much Ado About Nothing ...

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Love’s Labour’s Lost – Theatre Royal, Haymarket

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Christopher Luscombe Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty Coming in hot from the Chichester Theatre Festival this vivacious version of one of Shakespeare’s romantic comedies is sure to be a welcome transplant to the capital. Forming part of a double with its potential sequel (debate rages on) Much Ado About Nothing with the same cast, director, designer and also ...

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Much Ado About Nothing – Opera House, Manchester

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Christopher Luscombe Reviewer: Jim Gillespie This collaboration between the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Chichester Festival Theatre enjoys a brief residency in Manchester before moving to the West End. It's paired with Love’s Labour’s Lost, sharing cast and creatives, as well as set and period setting. But while the fading Edwardian era is common to both ...

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Love’s Labour’s Lost – Opera House, Manchester

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Christopher Luscombe Reviewer: Jim Gillespie This collaboration between the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Chichester Festival Theatre enjoys a brief residency in Manchester before wending its way West End-wards. It is paired with Much Ado About Nothing, sharing cast and creatives, as well as set and period setting. But while the fading Edwardian era is common ...

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