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Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em – Darlington Hippodrome

Written and Directed by Guy Unsworth Based on the original TV series by Raymond Allen Reviewer: Mark Clegg Despite the strange fact that it doesn’t get repeated very often, the original TV sit-com Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em remains as iconic as ever. Certainly, Frank Spencer as immortalised by Michael Crawford was probably the most imitated character in the UK ...

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Love and Information – Crucible Studio, Sheffield

Writer: Caryll Churchill Director: Caroline Steinbeis Designer: Max Jones Reviewer: Sheila Stratford The regional premiere of Love and Information, at the Crucible Studio, has a cast of six actors to perform over 100 characters. It was first performed at the Royal Court in 2012 with a cast of 16 actors. British playwright Caryll Churchill’s play is experimental and challenging. Sheffield ...

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The Elephant Man – Bristol Old Vic

Writer: Bernard Pomerance Music: Keith Tempest Set Designer: Caitlin Abbott Director: Lee Lyford Reviewer: Julia Beasley It’s a brave decision to take on such discomforting subject matter as the life of ‘elephant man’ John Merrick. But Bristol Old Vic, in collaboration with Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and diversity champions Diverse City, have triumphed with this theatrical gem that wrings ...

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Romeo and Juliet – Eastville Park Swimming Pool, Bristol

Adapted by: Hannah Drake and Justin Palmer, from the play by William Shakespeare Director: Hannah Drake Designer: Sarah Warren Composer: Ellie Showering Lighting: Edmund McKay Reviewer: Leah Tozer Shakespeare, ‘star-cross’d lovers’, ancestral strife, and … an open-air swimming pool? Insane Root Theatre’s ‘fair Verona’ is Eastville Park Swimming Pool, an empty, open-air pool just east of the city, and it’s ...

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Summer Holiday – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: Adapted by Michael Gyngell and Mark Haddigan from Ronald Cass and Peter Myers’ original screenplay Director: Racky Plews (also choreographer) Reviewer: Kelyn Luther Starring: Ray Quinn, Bobby Crush Based on the British holiday classic Summer Holiday, this stage adaptation crams even more of Cliff’s classic tunes into the film’s rather odd plot. A group of young mechanics who are ...

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The 39 Steps – Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

Writer: Patrick Barlow Adapted from Alfred Hitchcock’s film Director: Paul Robinson Designer: Helen Coyston Reviewer: Ron Simpson It’s good to see The 39 Steps back in North Yorkshire, in a production full of zip and imagination. Just over 20 years ago Richmond-based North Country Theatre toured Nobby Dimon and Simon Corble’s version for just four actors to huge success. Then ...

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Sherlock Holmes: The Final Curtain – New Theatre, Cardiff

Play by Simon Reade, after Arthur Conan Doyle Director: David Grindley Reviewer: Barbara Michaels This new production from the estimable Theatre Royal Bath brings together two experienced actors who have performed together many times over the years:  Robert Powell, who, at the age of 74 is still remembered for his iconic portrayal of Jesus of Nazareth in the 1977 Franco ...

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The Last Ship – Theatre Royal, York

Music and Lyrics: Sting Writer/Director: Lorne Campbell                              Original Book: John Logan and Brian York Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Sting’s The Last Ship has been touring since March with York Theatre’s Royal marking the penultimate stop on this successful tour.  Due to technical issues on the night of this review, the musical started half an hour later.  With the complex hi-tech ...

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