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Hobson’s Choice – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Writer: Harold Brighouse Adaptor: Tanika Gupta Director: Atri Banerjee Reviewer: May Mellstrom Harold Brighouse's 1916 classic comedy Hobson's Choice, set in a Salford cobbler's shop in 1880, last graced the stage of the Royal Exchange in 2003, mere months before playwright Tanika Gupta's adaptation, featuring a present-day family of Ugandan Asian tailor's, premiered at the Young Vic Theatre in London.  ...

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Achy Breaky Bride – St Helens Theatre Royal

Writer: Emma Culshaw & David Paul Director: Sylvie Gatrill Reviewer: John Roberts Take one bridal shop in St Helens, add a heavy dose of Country and Western music and soak it with plenty of scouse humour and you have the ingredients for the Theatre Royal’s latest home-grown comedy.  It might not be the most sophisticated of productions, its most certainly ...

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Cotton Fingers – Sherman Theatre, Cardiff

Writer: Rachel Trezise Director: Julia Thomas Reviewer: Luke Seidel-Haas All around the world, the pro-life/pro-choice pendulum is swinging wildly from side to side. In a referendum in May 2018 The Republic of Ireland voted in a landslide result to “repeal the 8th”, allowing the Government to legislate for Abortion. Across the Atlantic, several southern states of the USA have recently ...

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The Knight of the Burning Pestle – Barbican, London

Writer: Francis Beaumont Director: Declan Donnellan Reviewer: Richard Maguire As theatregoers wouldn’t it be great if we could change the course of events on stage to suit our tastes? After all, we’re paying for the seats, and surely we deserve a happy ending? In The Knight of the Burning Pestle two Russian tourists clamber on stage and harangue the cast ...

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Drone – The Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Harry Josephine Giles Director: Rob Jones Reviewer: Dominic Corr A Drone has various definitions. For the most part, it is a hovering mechanical device, small in size but capable of unparalleled chaos, through its informative lenses or firearm capabilities. Drone, a constant sound in the distance, a background hum we grow accustomed too but never question. It is also ...

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The Comedy About A Bank Robbery – Liverpool Empire

Writer: Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, Henry Shields Director: Mark Bell Reviewer: Phoebe Patrick Mischief Theatre are back, after the runaway success of The Play that Goes Wrong and the seasonal hit Peter Pan Goes Wrongwriters Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields have set their sights away from the on-stage madness of the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society and refocused their ...

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Brassed Off – New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme

Writer: Mark Herman Adaptor: Paul Allen Director: Conrad Nelson           Reviewer: Mel Duncan Revived in recognition of the 30-year anniversary of the 1984 miner’s strike, Brassed Off has been enjoying the limelight in performances, professional and amateur, up and down the country.  The poignant tale of a community brought to their knees by a Government not fully understanding the implications of decisions ...

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Cooped – Liverpool Playhouse

Writers: Cal McCrystal, Aitor Basauri, Stephan Kreiss, Petra Massey, Toby Park Director: Cal McCrystal Comedy four-piece Spymonkey are celebrating their 20-year anniversary and what better way to do so than with the revival of their 2001 show Cooped, what the cast have described as a “demented pulp gothic romance”, which believe you me only just about scratches the surface, as ...

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