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Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Rose Theatre, Kingston Upon Thames

Writer: Louis de Bernières Adaptor: Rona Munro Director: Melly Still Reviewer: Stephen Bates Setting a fictional romance against the backdrop of real events in Greece during World War II, Louis de Bernières’ 1994 novel Captain Corelli’s Mandolin became a worldwide hit. Many thought that the lavish 2001 film version suffered badly from miscasting, but, unencumbered by pressure to place star ...

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Jekyll & Hyde – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Writer: Evan Placey, based on the novella by Robert Louis Stevenson Director: Tessa Walker Reviewer: Selwyn Knight We all feel we already know the story of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Jekyll and Hyde after countless adaptations of its central story – had the word been coined in 1886, one might even have described it as an early meme. But one feature of ...

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Around The World In 80 Days – Leeds Playhouse

Writer: Jules Verne Adapter: Toby Hulse Director: Alexander Ferris Reviewer: Jay Nuttall There’s a split in the Leeds Playhouse ensemble! As their season draws to a close the female members are in rehearsal for Be My Baby whilst their male counterparts perform a lightning speed version of Jules Verne’s 1873 globe-trotting novel and race against the clock. With just four ...

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The Time Machine – Washington Arts Centre

Writer: Elton Townend-Jones Director: Elton Townend-Jones Producer: Rebecca Vaughan Reviewer: Anna Ambelez It's often said that less is more, that simple is best, and so is the set for Dyad Production's The Time Machine. Extremely minimalist, with the minimum of props. The overload comes from the text as a constant rush of words flood the stage. The audience are verbally ...

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Orlando – Theatre Royal, York

Writer/Director/Producer: Elton Townend Jones Based on the novel by: Virginia Woolf Producer/Performer: Rebecca Vaughan Costume Designer: Kate Flanaghan Lighting Designer: Martin Tucker Sound Designer: Danny Bright Reviewer: Ron Simpson York Literature Festival timetabled an impressive series of events at many venues from March 15 to 31, with the Studio at York Theatre Royal featuring regularly throughout the final week, including this performance of ...

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