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This Is Where We Are (Not Where We Always Have To Be) – Home, Manchester

Writer: Rebekah Harrison Director: Esther Dix Reviewer: Sam Lowe This Is Where We Are (Not Where We Always Have To Be)was written in the timeframe, before the Manchester Arena Attack and the immediate aftermath. It is a hypothetical play, more like a presentation of facts by two actors: Nadia Emam and Darren Jeffries. The story takes place in Piccadilly Gardens. ...

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The Winter’s Tale – Globe Theatre, London

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Blanche McIntyre Reviewer: Stephen Bates It may seem ironic that the Globe should launch its new production of The Winter’s Tale on one of the hottest evenings of the year, but anachronisms are rife in this, Shakespeare’s split personality play. In temperatures that help the banks of the Thames to pass for Sicily, the tale unfolds. ...

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Wilton’s Music Hall, London

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Mark Leipacher Reviewer: Maryam Philpott It been almost two years since The Faction last staged a Shakespeare adaptation in London, taking their innovative approach to Much Ado About Nothing into Selfridges department store. Before that an extended residency at the New Diorama Theatre offered exciting new versions of Romeo and Juliet as well as a Richard III that ...

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Love From a Stranger – Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Writers: Agatha Christie & Frank Vosper Director: Lucy Bailey Designer: Mike Britton Lighting: Oliver Fenwick Sound Designer & Composer: Richard Hammarton Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Adapted from a 1934 short story Philomel Cottage, Agatha Christie wrote an unperformed stage version of the same name which itself was re-written as Love From a Stranger by actor and playwright Frank Vosper in 1936. ...

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The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet – Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Kayleigh Hawkins Reviewer: Matthew Forrest It is 24 years since my first introduction to the works of William Shakespeare; ironically enough it was this very play that first brought me to ‘The Bard’. It was an especially malevolent English teacher that forced me to read the part of Romeo during the balcony scene:  a quite unremarkable ...

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The Tempest – St Paul’s Covent Garden

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Daniel Winder Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty Working outside, without much of the mechanics and tools of a playhouse at their disposal, it’s entirely to their credit that Iris theatre have created a little bit of magic in the garden of St Paul’s. The Tempest is the yearly Shakespeare production for the company, filling the rose garden with ...

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The Diana Tapes – Stockwell Playhouse, London

Writer: James Clements Director: WednesdayDerrico Reviewer: Scott Matthewman The publication of Andrew Morton’s book Diana: Her True Story was one of the more explosive non-fiction works of the 1990s. Detailing the Princess of Wales’s battles with bulimia and her attempts at suicide, it was as far removed from the image of the reserved, private Royal Family as it was possible. And ...

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 Tieta, The Trial – Marylebone Theatre, London

Writer: Jorge Amado Adaptor / Director: Franko Figueiredo Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Everyone dreams of how they would spend a million pounds, an exotic holiday perhaps, a luxury car, their own home, but what would you really do to get the money? Nobel Prize nominee Jorge Amado used this question to test the moral fortitude of his characters in his much-adapted ...

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