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The Good Earth – The Flea Theater, New York

The Good Earth - Kate Elis, Rachael Boulton and Gwenllian Higginson_Photo by Tom Flannery

Writer: Company (devised) Director: Rachael Boulton Musical Direction: Max MacKintosh Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers In 1966, a coal mine collapse killed several people in a small community in Wales. Twelve years later, fearing the same would happen in another town, the government sought to displace the people of Troedrhiwgwair before the same disasterbefellthem. Motherlode Theatre Company’s The Good Earth looks back ...

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DioaChan The Rise of the Courtesan – Above The Arts, London

Adaptor andDirector:Ross Ericson Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Apart from Shakespeare in Cantonese performed at The Globe last year it is rare to see any Chinese productions or stories based on Chinese history performed in the West End. Ross Ericson seeks to change that with his first full-length play DiaoChan: The Rise of the Courtesan which is playing Above the Arts Theatre ...

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Nine Lives – CAST, Doncaster

Writer: Zodwa Nyoni Director: Alex Chisholm Composer: Jonathan Girling Sound Design: Ed Clarke Reviewer: Ron Simpson Nine Lives was originally commissioned by West Yorkshire Playhouse last year as part of the A Play, a Pint and a Pint programme. Now it is halfway through a fairly lengthy tour for Leeds Studio in association with the Playhouse. It still shows its ...

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My Mocking Happiness – St James Theatre, London

Writer: Leonid Malyugin Directors: Leonid Ostropolsky and Irina Barkovskaya Reviewer: Maryam Philpott   They say you should never meet your heroes, you’ll only be disappointed, but that idiom could also be extending to the wave of biographical dramas that come to Theatreland sometimes. Whether it’s Bette Davis or, in this case Anon Chekhov, it’s near impossible for a modern actor ...

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Ward of the Manor – St James Theatre, London

  Writer: Ivan Turgenev Director: Mikhail Reznikovich Reviewer: Maryam Philpott   Turgenev is having a moment in London at the moment so the arrival of the Lesya Ukrainka National Academic Theatre of Russian Drama for a brief residency at the St James’s couldn’t be timelier. With the National’s beautiful but uncharacteristically light and airy reworking of A Month in the ...

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The Moscow State Circus – Curve Leicester

Reviewer: Farhana Shaikh Welcome to Park Gorkogo, or Gorky Park, a Moscow cultural quarter home to competing circus acts by day – and a feuding couple – a colourful park attendant who does her best to sweep the parks grounds, and rid of a pesky but over-enthusiastic suited and booted, old man – by night. The opening is a slow ...

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Peter Pan on Ice – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Writer: JM Barrie Choreographer:Giuseppe Arena Composer:Silvio Amato Reviewer: Paul Downham There have been a number of different productions of Peter Pan in the various theatres of Manchester over the past few years however, this example featuring the Russian All Stars is unlike all before. Take the iconic story of Peter Pan; add huge amounts of sparkle and then put the ...

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Europa – The STUDIO, Birmingham REP

Writers: Lutz Hübner, Sikorska-Miszczuk, Tena Štivičić and Steve Waters Director: Janusz Kica Reviewer: Selwyn Knight [rating:3] Europa is the end result of two years’ collaboration between four leading European theatres (Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Teatr Polski Bydgoszcz (Poland), Staatsschauspiel Dresden (Germany) and Zagreb Youth Theatre (Croatia) and four leading playwrights, each a leading writer in his/her own language. It seeks to ...

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