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The Graduate, New Theatre – Cardiff

Writer: Charles Webb Stage Adaptation: Terry Johnson Director: Lucy Bailey Reviewer: Barbara Michaels The sexual mores of the Sixties are the background for The Graduate.  Laughable as they may seem in some respects to the youth of today, seen against the sexual culture of the time they have their place in social history.  Despite this, it is almost impossible to ...

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The Graduate – Festival Theatre, Malvern

A Young Man looks at a middle aged woman on a bed in her underwear

Writer: Terry Johnson adapted from the novel by Charles Webb and the screenplay by Calder Willingham and Buck Henry Director: Lucy Bailey Reviewer: Geoff Mill Terry Johnson’s adaptation draws on both the novel and the screenplay to offer us a slick, funny but oddly superficial version of The Graduate. Those who have watched the film, starring Dustin Hoffman as the ...

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The Graduate – Curve, Leicester

A Young Man looks at a middle aged woman on a bed in her underwear

Writer: Terry Johnson adapted from the novel by Charles Webb and the screenplay by Calder Willingham and Buck Henry Director: Lucy Bailey Reviewer: Laura Jayne Bateman Originally a novel by Charles Webb, published in 1963, The Graduate is perhaps best known as the 1967 film starring Anne Bancroft and Dustin Hoffman. Curve’s co-production with West Yorkshire Playhouse follows the trend ...

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Democracy – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Michael Frayn Director: Michael Emans Reviewer: Dominic Corr The Bundesadler; a Federal Eagle drapes the stage, a constant reminder of Europe's all too recent history. Just as the overbearing black eagle serves to remind the audience of this past, Michael Frayn's piece as a whole recapitulates a time many have omitted on these isles; post-war Germany. Adeptly constructed, if ...

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Democracy – Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Writer: Michael Frayn Director: Michael Emans Reviewer: Harriet Brace A subtle, creeping thriller about the thin line between foes and allies, Democracy is several cleverly-crafted plays in one. From award-winning writer Michael Frayn, best known for his 1982 comedy Noises Off, the play follows the political rise and fall of Chancellor Willy Brandt and his cabinet colleagues as they attempt ...

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Inherit the Wind – New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme

Inherit The Wind - New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme Writer: Jerome Lawrence and Robert E Lee Director: Peter Leslie Wild Reviewer: Mel Duncan ‘Whar’re yuh skeered of? You was a worm once!’ A child’s jibe cuts straight to the heart of the matter in this play. In a Southern state fundamentalist community, it is ill advised to flaunt the notion of ...

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The Astronaut’s Chair – Drum Theatre, Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: Rona Munro Director: Simon Stokes Reviewer: Joan Phillips [Rating:3.5] The Astronaut’s Chair is a play about the naked ambitions of two very different women and their attempts to become the first American woman in space. Set in the 1960’s, at the height of the space race, this is a fictional story about the careers of Renee Coburg and Jo ...

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