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Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde – Darlington Hippodrome

Adaptor: David Edgar Director: Kate Saxon Reviewer: Mark Clegg Like its Gothic horror stable-mates Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is both immediately familiar and strangely unknown to the general public. All three sets of characters are part of popular culture and yet the vast majority of ...

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An Ideal Husband – Vaudeville Theatre, London

Writer: Oscar Wilde Director: Jonathan Church Reviewer: Stephen Bates Glancing at the names of the main characters in Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband, all bar one of them titled, a natural reaction is to ask how on Earth can the problems of this cross-section of the Victorian aristocracy be relevant to modern life? It is only when their problems turn ...

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Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: David Edgar From the novel by: Robert Louis Stevenson Director: Kate Saxon Reviewer: Gareth Davies There is much that sends shivers of terror down the spine from this touring production of David Edgar's adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic novella. The original story almost single-handedly created the genre of psychological horror, but perhaps the scariest thing here is the ...

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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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