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The Taming of the Shrew – Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford upon Avon

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Justin Audibert Reviewer: Katy Roberts William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew is a notoriously tricky play, and a bold choice for the second production in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s 2019 season, directed by Justin Audibert. Not least because of the decision to turn the play’s central conflict - between a fiery, headstrong woman, Katherine, and ...

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Romeo and Juliet – Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Erica Whyman Reviewer: Caitlin Scollin Erica Whyman's production of Romeo and Juliet gives a contemporary edge to the most famous love story ever told. Whyman gives William Shakespeare's original text a sense of realism and humour, grounding the play in an environment much more familiar to the audience. This is reflected through a diverse cast which ...

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Rough Crossing – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: Tom Stoppard Director: Rachel Kavanaugh Reviewer: Kelyn Luther Rough Crossing is freely adapted from Ferenc Molnar’s The Play at The Castle, previously adapted by PG Wodehouse. However, Stoppard’s take is somewhat closer to that of Noël Coward. Set on a cruise liner in the thirties, playwright Turai (John Partridge) is working on his new play, but is forced to ...

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FILM REVIEW: Eaten by Lions

Writer: David Isaac, Jason Wingard Director: Jason Wingard Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Representations of inter-racial families on screen are still few and far between, and while this was much more common in the 1980s, the last 30-years has felt like a step backwards in terms of the image of the Britain we all really know. And where those experiences do exist, ...

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The Rubenstein Kiss – Southwark Playhouse, London

Writer: James Phillips Director: Joe Harmston Reviewer: Maryam Philpott For lovers of spy drama, the early years of the Cold War are among the most exciting of the twentieth-century. While Ian Fleming and Graham Greene were creating the templates for espionage fiction and its heroes, in reality all eyes were turning East with the slow unveiling of the Cambridge Five ...

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Stones in His Pockets – Liverpool Playhouse

Writer: Marie Jones Director: Lindsay Posner Reviewer: Tate James “People watch movies for a happy ending. We don’t watch movies to get depressed: that’s why we have the theatre” Marie Jones’ wilfully witty and sometimes-sarcastic script may be packed with quips from its pair of everyday heroes, yet this charming two-hander is far from depressing. As many recover from a ...

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No Such Thing as A Fish – The Lowry, Salford    

Reviewer: Matt Forrest First let me pre-empt this review with a warning to my friends, family and work colleges: I may be slightly unbearable the next time I see you and you’re probably not going to get a word in edgewise. That’s because I’m with armed with more facts and trivia than you can shake a stick at, and the ...

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The Girl on the Train – Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

Writers: Rachel Wagstaff and Duncan Abel, based on the book by Paula Hawkins Director: Anthony Banks Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Rachel’s life is in ruins. Her once perfect marriage to Tom is over thanks to her alcoholism and her behaviour when drunk; indeed, she gets so drunk, she has blackouts and often can’t remember exactly what she has done. To add ...

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