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Shadowlands – Lyric, Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Shadowlands cast sat around a table having tea

Writer: William Nicholson Director: Alastair Whatley Reviewer: Joan Phillips Set in post-war Oxford, Shadowlands follows the relationship between Joy Gresham, an American poet, and C S Lewis, the academic and celebrated author of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe and Chronicles of Narnia series of books. The confirmed bachelor, Lewis lives with his brother, Warnie, at a home on ...

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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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Flare Path – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Claire Andreadis,William Reay,Jamie Hogarth and Audrey Palmer in the 2016 National tour of Flare Path

Writer: Terrence Rattigan Director: Justin Audibert Reviewer: Laura Jayne Bateman Written in 1941, Terence Rattigan’s Flare Path premiered in August 1942 at the Apollo Theatre, London. Initially rejected by producers, who believed the British public wouldn’t wish to see a play about the war, it was a critical and commercial success and was revived in the West End in 2011. ...

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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 – 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 – 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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Flare Path – Theatre Royal, Bath

Writer: Terence Rattigan Director: Justin Audibert Reviewer: Claire Hayes Terence Rattigan’s resurgence as a frequently performed playwright continues with this brand new touring revival of Flare Path from the Original Theatre Company and Birdsong Productions. Rattigan fell out of favour in the latter decades of the 20th Century, overtaken by a post-war generation of angry young men creating kitchen sink ...

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Birdsong – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Adapted by Rachel Wagstaff from the novel by Sebastian Faulks Music: Tim Van Eyken Director: Alastair Whatley Reviewer: Ruth Jepson It is now over 100 years since the onset of World War I. The men who fought it, and the women who waited for them to return, are long since dead. Birdsong however, will make you believe that you ...

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