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Birdsong – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Writer: Rachel Wagstaff, from the book by Sebastian Faulks Director: Alastair Whatley Reviewer: Selwyn Knight [rating:3] The Western Front. 1916. Two men come together. One, the deeply religious sapper, Jack Firebrace, has just completed a 15 hour shift digging tunnels towards the enemy for mines to be laid in. On sentry duty, he receives a letter from home telling him ...

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Birdsong – The Haymarket, Basingstoke

Writer: Sebastian Faulks Adaptor:Rachel Wagstaff Director: Alistair Whatley Reviewer: Tom Finch [Rating:2] It’s midway through World War I. In the trenches soldiers sing, smoke and die. Friendships are forged and cut short. Letters are written to loved ones and prayers are made to God. Captain Stephen Wraysford is learning how to be a leader of men but is haunted by ...

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Three Men in a Boat – The Derby Theatre

Writer: Jerome K Jerome adapted by Craig Gilbert Director: Craig Gilbert Reviewer: James Garrington [rating:4.5] “I love comedy” says director Craig Gilbert in his programme notes; and comedy there is aplenty in this adaptation of the classic 1898 novel by Jerome K Jerome. This is a time when chums were chums, blazers and boaters were worn with aplomb, and everyone ...

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Three Men in a Boat – Connaught Theatre, Worthing.

Author: Jerome K Jerome Director/Adaptor: Craig Gilbert Musical Director: Sue Appleby Reviewer: Bill Avenell [rating: 5]   Let’s get straight down to it, it was excellent throughout and it passed my ‘TMIAB afficianado’ companion’s approval test with flying colours. I have always loved Jerome K. Jerome’s classic story of Harris, George, Montmorency and J’s trip up the Thames, its dry ...

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Three Men in a Boat – Civic Theatre, Darlington

Writer: Jerome K Jerome Director: Craig Gilbert Reviewer: Lindsay Sykes [rating:5] It was with a sense of irony, after the recent flooding in the north east, that the Tuesday press night for Three Men in a Boat became a Thursday matinée. But it was well worth the wait. A very liberal interpretation of the classic book, the performance takes place ...

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