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The Government Inspector – Everyman Theatre, Liverpool

Writer: Nikolai Gogol Adapter: David Harrower Director: Roxana Silbert Reviewer: Jamie Gaskin The Government Inspector, written in 1835, is still very much a story for today.This joyous production of Gogol’s masterpiece offers a cavalcade of comic characters exuding the human frailty of self-interest at its finest.The pompous nature of the main characters is matched only by their gullibility and their ...

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The Government Inspector, Theatre Royal, Stratford East

Writer: Nikolai Gogol Adaptor: David Harrower Director: Roxana Silbert Reviewer: Edie Ranvier What’s the Russian for “omnishambles”? The Government Inspector is Nikolai Gogol’s 1836 satire about a small town whose corrupt officials are thrown into a panic by the news that an official is coming from St Petersburg to vet their management. Desperate to cover up their corruption and incompetence, ...

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Frozen – The STUDIO, Birmingham REP

Writer: Bryony Lavery Director: Jeni Draper Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Bryony Lavery’s play, Frozen, originally premiered at Birmingham REP in 1998 and won the Theatrical Management Association’s Best New Play award. It follows three characters whose emotions are frozen in different ways and sees them progress and come to terms with their pasts. At the outset, we see each character deliver ...

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Two – Southwark Playhouse, London

Writer: Jim Cartwright Director: Andrew Muir Reviewer: Harry Stern [rating:3] There is a structural problem with this celebrated play. The audience witnesses a collection of character vignettes paraded in front of the main protagonists. The characters pass without development. They are ciphers without any real commonality except for the fact that they are all visitors to a mediocre pub in ...

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In Water I’m Weightless – Weston Studio, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Writer: Kaite O’Reilly Director: John E McGrath Reviewer: Emily Pearce [Rating:4] In Water I’m Weightless is the latest offering from the innovative National Theatre Wales that is insistent throughout in its challenge of the ways disability is perceived. Five performers (unfortunately Mandy Colleran was indisposed for this performance) each speak of their lives, routines and the ideals they hold dear. ...

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