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Hedda – Sutton House, London

Writer: Henrik Ibsen, adapted by Katherine Tozer Director: Patrick Sandford Reviewer: Mary Halton Arriving at Sutton House for Palimpsest’s Hedda is somewhat of a confusing experience. At once part of and party to the narrative, one is treated both as a house guest and an audience member for an odd interval, while being encouraged to look around the house. Various ...

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Murderer – Upstairs at the Gatehouse, London

Writer: Anthony Shaffer Director: Tim Frost Reviewer: Stephen Bates Almost 30 minutes pass before the first word is spoken in Anthony Shaffer’s play, which is part thriller, part black comedy. It is almost as if the main part of Norman Bartholemew had been written with Jaques Tati in mind to play it. Exactly what transpires cannot be told, but the ...

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Palm Wine And Stout – Quay Theatre, Sudbury

Writer: Segun Lee-French Director: Ivan Cutting Music: Clement Ule Reviewer: Michael Gray   Segun Lee-French's fascinating play is embarking on a major regional tour, in a revised version, with a new cast.First seen in 2010, it tells of a young British man of mixed race, who follows the voice of a child which leads him back to the land of ...

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The Two Worlds of Charlie F – Richmond Theatre, London

Writer: Owen Sheers Director: Stephen Rayne Reviewer: Nichola Daunton Performed by serving and veteran soldiers, many of whom sustained life threatening and life changing injuries while serving in Afghanistan, The Two Worlds of Charlie F is a frank look at what it means to be a wounded soldier in 21st century Britain. Originally devised in 2010 by producer Alice Driver, ...

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Tonight’s The Night – New Wimbledon Theatre, London

Book: Ben Elton Director: Caroline Jay Ranger Reviewer: Christopher Hong First appearing in 2003, this jukebox musical has made a couple of tours around the country and has now arrived in Wimbledon. The show cherry picks the full back catalogue of Rod Stewart’s music with a storyline which certainly massages the ego and image of the singer. An underwhelming opening ...

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Satan Sings Mostly Sondheim – Jermyn Street Theatre, London

Writer and Director: Adam Long Reviewer: Stephen Bates There are many of us who can never walk past a theatre where the hoardings are displaying the name Sondheim. So, in Jermyn Street right now, the advice is to read the small print, which informs us that, notwithstanding its title, this show contains no music by Stephen Sondheim whatsoever. Such a ...

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Dance ‘Til Dawn – Manchester Opera House

Writer: Ed Curtis Director: Karen Bruce Reviewer: Paul Downham Dance ‘Til Dawn was first unveiled to the world on last year’s Royal Variety Performance where one half of the starring couple danced to ‘Feelin’ Good’. Now on a UK Tour Flavia Cacace is joined by Vincent Simone fresh from his exploits on I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here. ...

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North, North, North – The Unity Theatre, Liverpool

Director: Alex Byrne Reviewer:Jay Nuttall New International Encounters have been regular visitors to the Unity and the premise of the show an interesting one. A doomed journey to the North Pole! They have garnered a very good reputation locally, unfortunately North, North, North does very little to warrant this acclaim. This 75minute one-act show based around the true story of ...

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