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The Sluts of Sutton Drive – Finborough Theatre, London

Writer: Joshua Conkel Director: Rebecca Atkinson-Lord Reviewer: Deborah Klayman [rating:3.5] Entertaining, engaging, and at times downright hysterical, The Sluts of Sutton Drive pushes the audience off the top of a slippery slope alongside its protagonist, Stephanie Schwartz, making them a part of her rapid descent into an absurd world of sex, stalkers and self-harm. Darkly comic and sublimely surreal at ...

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Educating Rita – Richmond Theatre, London

Writer: Willy Russell Director: Tamara Harvey Reviewer: Jonathan Grant [rating:5] Educating Rita, produced by the Chocolate Factory and Theatre Royal Bath, is a delightful re-working of Willy Russell’s clever study of character and emotion, liberally sprinkled with humour and delicious irony. Claire Sweeney plays the title rôle of the married hairdresser who at 31 and already familiar with the poetry ...

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Ladies In Lavender – Arts Theatre, Cambridge

Writer: Shaun McKenna, adapted from the screenplay by Charles Dance Director: Robin LeFevre Reviewer: Davina Moss [rating:3.5] Adapted from Charles Dances’ screenplay to the 2004 film, Ladies in Lavender is a nostalgic and sensitive exploration of growing old and the narrowness of rural life. Hayley Mills and Belinda Lang both give strong performances as a pair of elderly spinsters, living ...

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Promised Land – The Carriageworks, Leeds

Writer: Anthony Clavane and Nick Stimson Director: Rod Dixon Reviewer: Tony Oliver [Rating: 4] Nathan (Paul Fox) and Caitlin (Lynsey Jones) are young idealists growing up in the same city but on opposite sides of a cultural and religious divide. Nathan is Jewish, a Leeds United fan and a dreamer, Caitlin is a musician from a Catholic family and has ...

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Dry Rot- Civic Theatre, Darlington

Writer: John Chapman Director: Ron Aldridge Reviewer: Lindsay Sykes [rating:4] When the show begins you could be forgiven for thinking this would be another ‘More tea Vicar-whoops there goes my trousers’ farce. But it is so much more than that. Hilarious from the outset this show is sure to heave you gasping for air while having laugh after laugh. Written ...

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ENCORE: Blanche McIntyre

Waiting for Blanche McIntyre to emerge from the Whitechapel rehearsal room where The Only True History of Lizzie Finn is having its first run-through, I glance over my notes and a little incongruity makes me smile. Her presence as a director to watch was firmly announced when she won the 2011 Critics’ Circle Most Promising Newcomer award for her work ...

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Margaret Catchpole – The Hush House, Bentwaters Park

Writer: Alastair Cording Director: Ivan Cutting Reviewer: Glen Pearce [rating:4]   It sounds the stuff of some swashbuckling adventure novel. Tales of smugglers, horse theft, inter- gang rivalry, prison escape and a lucky escape from the hangman’s noose. Like all the best stories though, this one is true but with a twist as the felon here is a young woman. ...

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Utopia – Soho Theatre, London

Writers: various including Simon Stephens, Dylan Moran, Janice Okoh and Michael Chaplin Directors: Steve Marmion and Max Roberts Reviewer: Ian Foster [rating:2.5] What is Utopia? Defining the hopes and dreams of a perfect world has occupied writers for hundreds of years and in this co-production between Newcastle’s Live Theatre and the Soho Theatre, contemporary writers have also been asked to ...

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