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Caroline’s Kitchen – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Writer: Torben Betts Director: Alastair Whately Reviewer: Michael Gray Caroline Mortimer has it all. A lovely house in North London, a clever son at Cambridge, a successful, prosperous spouse. And her career: she’s the darling of Middle England, her books sell like hot cakes, and her cooking is the envy of the millions who tune in each week to Caroline’s ...

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Shadowlands– Connaught Theatre, Worthing

Shadowlands cast sat around a table having tea

Writer: William Nicholson Director: Alastair Whatley Reviewer: Jo Payne Based on some true events and with the surrounding circumstances imagined by writer, William Nicholson, Shadowlands tells the story of beloved author C.S. Lewis in his later years. Known to his friends as Jack, Lewis is a bachelor who is invited to tea by a fan with whom he has been ...

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Shadowlands – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Shadowlands cast sat around a table having tea

Writer: William Nicholson Director: Alastair Whatley Reviewer: Glen Pearce   In the stuffy corridors of post-war Oxford University, a professor debated the relationship between love, pain, suffering and God. It’s a dilemma he understands intrinsically. Reserved, suppressing emotions and living with his brother, the professor unexpectedly finds love late in life in the form of a brash American divorceewho has ...

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Shadowlands – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Shadowlands cast sat around a table having tea

Writer: William Nicholson Director: Alastair Whatley Reviewer: Steve Turner William Nicholson’s Shadowlands was first presented as a television drama before transferring to the stage and then to the big screen in a film featuring Anthony Hopkins and Debra Winger. Nicholson’s study of love found and then lost in later life avoids any mawkish sentimentality, delivering instead a touching, heartfelt and ...

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Flare Path – The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Philip Franks and Olivia Hallinan in Flare Path

Writer: Terence Rattigan Director: Justin Audibert Reviewer: James Garrington Originally produced in 1942, Terence Rattigan’s Flare Path offers a contemporary view of life during some of the darkest times in our history. It is set in a dowdy hotel adjacent to a Bomber Command airbase, where crews can relax and wives and sweethearts can stay; the story revolves around the ...

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Birdsong – Milton Keynes Theatre

Writer: Rachel Wagstaff from the book by Sebastian Faulks Director: Alastair Whatley Reviewer:MaggieConstable [rating:3.5] Following 2010’s West End hit, Rachel Wagstaff’s re-adaptation of Sebastian Faulk’s Birdsong (ranked 13th in the 2003 BBC survey The Big Read) marks the very first touring production of the play to over 22 venues across the UK. So here it is at Milton Keynes this ...

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