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They Don’t Pay? We Won’t Pay! – Theatre Royal, York

Writer: Dario Fo Adapter: Deborah McAndrew Based on a translation by: Jon Laskin and Michael Aquilante Director: Conrad Nelson Designer: Jessica Worrall Reviewer: Ron Simpson Farce, in more than one sense, is a funny business. The 19th and 20th Century English and French farce tradition depended most often on outwardly respectable, probably middle-class characters embroiled in a situation that became incrementally ...

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Rock of Ages – Darlington Hippodrome

Book: Chris D’Arienzo Arrangements & Orchestrations: Ethan Popp Director & Choreographer: Nick Winston With the clarity of hindsight, anyone who lived through the 1980s will no doubt be able to now admit that it was a pretty silly decade. Big hair, big shoulder pads, embarrassing fashions: just plain silly. Rock of Ages, a musical celebrating the era and its music ...

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The Wipers Times – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Writers: Ian Hislop & Nick Newman Director: Caroline Leslie Reviewer: Selwyn Knight 1916. Ypres. A unit of the Sherwood Foresters, led by mining engineer Captain Frederick John Roberts, is looking to salvage timber or metal with which to shore up the trenches. They come across an abandoned printing press and, in a flash of eccentric British brilliance, Roberts, an engineer ...

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Andy Zaltzman: The Bugle Live –The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Matt Forrest “A week is a long time in politics”, or so the saying goes: certainly on both sides of the Atlantic this week seems longer than usual, we’ve had the fallout from the Tory Party Conference ( surely we’ve all seen that dance by now!), the never-ending saga that is ‘Brexit’, and Brett Kavanaugh’s hearing at the Supreme ...

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Hal Cruttenden: Chubster – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Well, that’s different. The stage lights rise forChubster on the unexpected sight of Hal Cruttenden not so much dad-dancing as dad-miming to the theme song from Disney’s Frozen. All of the over-emotive gestures are captured in a perfect straight-faced routine as if Cruttenden was auditioning for Strictly Come Dancing.  The idea for the opening, like the title ...

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Art – East Riding Theatre, Beverley

Writer: Yazmina Reza Translator: Christopher Hampton Director: Martin Hutson Composer: Chris Warner Set Designer: Ed Ullyart Reviewer: Ron Simpson Art is one of the more remarkable theatrical success stories of the past quarter-century. Originally staged in Paris in 1994, it transferred to the West End in Christopher Hampton’s translation two years later, ran for eight years and has never lacked ...

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The Comedy About a Bank Robbery – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writers: Henry Lewis / Jonathan Sayer / Henry Shields Director: Kirsty Patrick Ward Reviewer: Helen Tope The Comedy About a Bank Robbery is a play that challenges our expectations right from the start. From the same company that brought us The Play that Goes Wrong, The Comedy About a Bank Robbery leaves behind the world of amateur dramatics and goes ...

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Parlour Games – Wardrobe Theatre, Bristol

Devised by the company from Sharp Teeth and The Wardrobe Theatre Directed by: Steph Kempson & Andy Kelly Reviewer: Leah Tozer God Save the (drag) Queen: part drawing-room comedy, part clowning, and part drag, Parlour Games is a most unconservative portrait of the Victorians. With a grande dame, a Deutsche clown prince, and any delusions of grandeur doused with playful ...

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