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The Kite Runner – Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Writer: Matthew Spangler From the novel by: Khaled Hosseini Director: Giles Croft Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner is a literary juggernaut, spending over two years in the New York Times best-seller list, spawning a 2007 film and this adaptation for the stage in the same year by playwright Matthew Spangler (inspired by a meeting with Hosseini a ...

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Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein – Theatre Royal, Newcastle

Book: Mel Brooks & Thomas Meehan Music & Lyrics: Mel Brooks Direction & Choreography: Susan Stroman Reviewer: Mark Clegg It’s been ten years since Mel Brooks debuted his sophomore musical Young Frankenstein on Broadway. Greeted with mixed reviews and living in the shadow of its predecessor The Producers, the musical lasted just over a year before touring the US and ...

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The Railway Children – Theatre Royal, Glasgow

four children stare at a boy lying in a railway tunnell

Writer: Edith Nesbit Adaptation: Dave Simpson Director: Paul Jepson Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Edith Nesbit’s 1905 tale is as quintessentially British as strawberries and cream and cucumber sandwiches. The subject of four television series, a feature film, a made for TV movie and a radio dramatisation, The Railway Children lives long in the hearts of the nation. That, and the seemingly ...

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The Crucible – Theatre Royal, Glasgow

A mand and woman stand facing one another, his hands on her arms

Writer: Arthur Miller Director: Douglas Rintoul Designer: Anouk Schiltz Reviewer: Fraser MacDonald Telling the tale of the Salem Witch Trials, Arthur Miller’s The Crucible is a key text for high school students with good reason. With its broader themes as applicable in today's world as in the times of the Trials, it is rightly regarded as a classic. Miller’s ability ...

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Jane Eyre – Theatre Royal, Glasgow

JANE EYRE UK Tour 2017 Royal National Theatre

Writer: Charlotte Bronte Director: Sally Cookson Composer: Benji Bower Reviewer: Harriet Brace Jane Eyre is Charlotte Bronte’s lasting legacy. The novel for which she is best remembered, the story has endured too many retellings to count – not all of them good. But this latest reincarnation, a co-production between the National Theatre and Bristol Old Vic, is one that burns ...

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Tosca – Theatre Royal, Norwich

English Touring Opera's Tosca

Composer: Giacomo Puccini Director: Blanche McIntyre Conductor: Michael Rosewell Reviewer: Lu Greer Tosca, structured as a through-composed work to an Italian libretto by Luigi Illica and Guiseppe Giacosa, tells a story of tragic love in 1800 Italy. With a historical grounding in the French Revolutionary Wars, the opera follows the story or an escaped political prisoner and the fates of ...

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Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf – Theatre Royal, Glasgow

man and a woman drunk sitting on a sofa who's afraid of virginia woolf

Writer: Edward Albee Director: Michael Emans Reviewer:  Tom Ralphs In the early hours of the morning, a middle-aged couple with a complicated relationship is joined in their apartment by a younger couple who they met at an event a few hours earlier. With all four of them partial to drink, and not particularly great at handling it, it’s fair to say ...

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Shirley Valentine – Theatre Royal, Nottingham

Jodie Prenger as Shirley Valentine

Writer: Willy Russell Director: Glen Walford Reviewer:  Dave Smith Willy Russell’s ever-popular Shirley Valentine, first seen at the Liverpool Everyman Theatre in 1986, has been given a long overdue and high-profile revival in the form of a major national tour. Original director Glen Walford is again in charge, with Jodie Prenger given the difficult task of carrying the whole thing ...

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