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Shadowlands – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Shadowlands cast sat around a table having tea

Writer: William Nicholson Director: Alastair Whatley Reviewer: Laura-Jane Bateman In 1952, writer and Oxford fellow C. S. Lewis met Joy Gresham, an American poet with whom he had been corresponding for several years. William Nicholson’s play Shadowlands, adapted by the author in 1989 from his 1985 television film of the same name, chronicles the true story of the couple’s eight-year ...

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Invincible – The STUDIO, Birmingham REP

Invincible - Graeme Brookes, Kerry Bennett, Alastair Whatley - (c) Jack Ladenburg

Writer: Torben Betts Director: Christopher Harper Reviewer: Selwyn Knight What happens when an irresistible force meets an immovable object? The Original Theatre Company seeks to look at that question in Invincible. Take Emily, our irresistible force. She has enjoyed all the benefits of being well-off and middle-class. She is able to indulge her passion for painting and her extreme left-wing ...

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Shadowlands – CAST, Doncaster

Shadowlands cast sat around a table having tea

Writer: William Nicholson Director: Alastair Whatley Designers: Anne-Marie Woodley, Alastair Whatley Reviewer: Ron Simpson It is over 30 years since William Nicholson’s play Shadowlands appeared on television, with stage and major film adaptations to follow in the next 10 years. This new tour by Birdsong Productions holds no surprises, but still emerges as a solid, emotionally and intellectually honest piece ...

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Invincible – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

The company of Original Theatre's Invincible

Writer: Torben Betts Director: Chris Harper Reviewer: Michael Gray Social class is at the heart of much British comedy. Ayckbourn, in particular, is master of the awkwardness, the inferiority complex, the snobbishness and the culture clash. Torben Betts' play mines much the same seams. A bourgeois couple has downsized, thanks to the recession, from London to the terra incognita of ...

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Invincible – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

The company of Original Theatre's Invincible

Writer: Torben Betts Director: Christopher Harper Reviewer: Ann Bawtree The Original Theatre Company has brought a new play Invincible by Torben Betts in a co-production with the Theatre Royal, Bury St. Edmunds to Guildford as part of an extended UK tour. Four actors, Kerry Bennett, Emily Bowker, Graeme Brookes, and Alastair Whatley play respectively two couples, Oliver and Emily, Dawn ...

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Invincible – Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds

The company of Original Theatre's Invincible

Writer: Torben Betts Director: Christopher Harper Reviewer: Glen Pearce   “There is no such thing as society," declared Margaret Thatcher in 1987. Twenty-five years later and the current Conservative Government is all about celebrating the ‘Big Society’. The country is in a party mood, The Diamond Jubilee, The Olympic Games and The European Cup are stirring up flag-waving, patriotic fervour ...

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Flare Path – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Philip Franks and Olivia Hallinan in Flare Path

Writer: Terence Rattigan Director: Justin Audibert Reviewer: Bill Avenell   In this world of convoluted plots and psychological undertones, it is refreshing to come across a straight forward and relatively simple story, an "epic wartime romance" according to Yvonne Arnaud’s publicity, which doesn’t require a huge amount of mental energy to follow. Whether this production or this play is truly ...

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Flare Path – Liverpool Playhouse

Philip Franks and Olivia Hallinan in Flare Path

Writer: Terence Rattigan Director: Justin Audibert Reviewer: Katherine Kirwin Terence Rattigan has been receiving a revival somewhat of late with several West End productions in the last five years; Cause Celebre, Flare Path, The Deep Blue Sea. This production by Original Theatre Company, who created the incredibly successful stage version of Birdsong, remains rooted firmly in the time it was ...

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