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East – King’s Head Theatre, London

Writer: Steven Berkoff Director: Jessica Lazar Reviewer: Stephen Bates Returning to the King’s Head where it made its debut in 1975, East, Steven Berkoff’s angry and unsentimental homage to London’s East End, has lost none of its potency. Now, as then, there is a sense that the theatre’s location, in North London bordering on the East, provides the writer with ...

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Lunch | The Bow of Ulysses – Trafalgar Studios, London

Writer: Steven Berkoff Director: Nigel Harman Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Written and set 20 years apart, Steven Berkoff's one-act plays Lunch and The Bow of Ulysses feature the same couple. Presented here as a contiguous story, with both 45-minute plays performed without an interval between, there is the chance to see both the changing facets of a relationship and the developing ...

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The Trial – Smock Alley, Dublin

Writter: Franz Kafka adaptation: Steven Berkoff Director: Noel Cahill Reviewer: Liam Harrison   “Before the door stands the doorkeeper” Kafka’s famous parable ‘Before the Law’ works as a refrain throughout Steven Berkoff’s anarchic adaptation of The Trial. It tells of a man who seeks access to the door of the law, is refused, and then waits before it his whole ...

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BRIGHTON FRINGE: East – 88 London Road

Writer: Steven Berkoff Director: Alan Perrin Reviewer: Paul Couch Imagine, if you will, an unlikely turn of events: William Shakespeare meets Dylan Thomas and they pop into The Queen Vic in Albert Square, where they're both promptly duffed over by Steven Berkoff and some 'slaaag' called Sylv- "'Ere, leave it, Steve - they're not worth it!" Okay, it's an absurd ...

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Dinner With Saddam – Menier Chocolate Factory, London

Writer: Anthony Horowitz Director: Lindsay Posner Reviewer: Maryam Philpott   The war in Iraq remains a contentious issue, one that caused considerable protest and derision when it began in 2003. And now, so many years on the consequences of the political and military decision to invade Iraq and remove Saddam Hussain from the Presidency are being felt. Was it really ...

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Religion and Anarchy – Jermyn Street Theatre, London

Writer: Steven Berkoff Directors: Steven Berkoff and Max Barton Reviewer: Harry Stern [rating:2.5] Taking on the responsibility for telling of the heritage of prejudice and discrimination against the Jews is nothing new. To succeed in touching the heart or stimulating the intellect demands that something extraordinary be presented. Steven Berkoff's five playlets dealing with the subject rarely rise beyond the ...

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An Actor’s Lament – Assembly Hall

Writer: Steven Berkoff Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys [Rating:3] This insight into life on the other side of the theatre curtain comes to Edinburgh for its world premier from the pen of a man once regarded as the enfant terrible of British Theatre - Steven Berkoff. This three-hander, written in verse, laments just about every aspect of an actor's life: critics deemed ...

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The Handyman – Richmond Theatre, London

Writer: Ronald Harwood Director: Joe Harmston Reviewer: Alex Ramon [rating:3.5] Belying the excessive modesty of its title, Ronald Harwood’s play The Handyman deals in Big Themes: war crimes, guilt, retribution, the nature of evil, the unknowability of others. You won’t be able to miss these themes because the characters keep stopping to announce them. A tendency towards obvious speechifying gives ...

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