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Pygmalion – Oxford Playhouse

Writer: George Bernard Shaw Director: Sam Pritchard Reviewer:  G. D. Mills Sam Pritchard’s bold, experimental production of Pygmalion at the Oxford Playhouse finds innovative new ways to probe the themes of diction and class. Professor Higgins, a phonetics expert, plucks a common flower girl from the streets of London and resolves, through close manipulation of speech, to make a lady ...

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Pygmalion – Theatre Royal, Bath

Writer: George Bernard Shaw Director: Sam Pritchard Reviewer: Kris Hallett Is the sign of a truly great play one that can be flexible enough to take the concepts hoisted on it by a director and reveal something hitherto unrevealed to its audience in the meantime? This is the question one came out of watching Headlong Theatre’s Pygmalion, playing in Bath ...

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Pygmalion – Playhouse, Liverpool

Writer: George Bernard Shaw Director: Sam Pritchard Reviewer: Abbie Rippon Shaw’s iconic play about the role language and speech plays within the spheres of the social classes has been re-wired and re-vamped for this 2017 production by Headlong and their associated partners. Many readers will be familiar with the play, either because they know the musical My Fair Lady which ...

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Pygmalion – Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry

Writer: George Bernard Shaw Director: Sam Pritchard Reviewer:  Selwyn Knight Pygmalion must be one of Bernard Shaw’s most popular plays. First produced in 1913, it tells the story of professor of linguistics, Henry Higgins and his tutelage of streetwise flower-girl, Eliza. Headlong Theatre has taken Shaw’s text and transplanted it into a world of technology as they ask if class ...

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Blue Heart – Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Writer: Caryl Churchill Director: David Mercatali Reviewer: Kris Hallett It can never be claimed that Caryl Churchill rests on her laurels. Being described as ‘Britain’s greatest living playwright’ would surely give you the right to sit back with feet up and cigar to hand and churn out well-made plays that can easily be consumed and appreciated by a boulevard West ...

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The Changeling – Young Vic, London

Writer: Thomas Middleton and William Rowley Director: Joe Hill-Gibbins Reviewer: Ian Foster [rating:3.5] Joe Hill-Gibbins’ raucous production of The Changeling first played the intimate Maria studio at the Young Vic earlier this year and encouraged by its success there, it has now transferred into the main theatre to provide a Gothic pre-Christmas treat. Middleton and Rowley’s Jacobean tragedy which spirals ...

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Life For Beginners – Theatre503, London

Writers: Alice Birch, Ben Ellis, Matt Hartley, Lizzie Nunnery and Rex Obano Director: Tim Roseman and Paul Robinson Review: Steve Barfield [rating:3.5] Tim Roseman and Paul Robinson joint artistic directors of Theatre503 pursue an interesting idea here: a multi-authored play which combines and attempts to interweave five quite separate stories. All five stories have as their central theme a rather ...

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