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Death Of A Salesman – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Writer: Arthur Miller Director: Sarah Frankcom Reviewer: Jo Beggs If Willy Loman were living in America in 2018 he wouldn’t seem out of place. A salesman whose thirty odd years of service to capitalism has left him with nothing but a zero-hours contract and no health insurance to deal with an escalating mental health problem. He’d probably be starting to ...

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Review: Pericles – National Theatre, London 

Writer: William Shakespeare  Adaptor: Chris Bush  Music: Jim Fortune  Director: Emily Lim  Reviewer: Stephen Bates  Pericles, Prince of Tyre is not William Shakespeare’s best play, nor his best-known play and, according to many scholars, it is not wholly his play at all, but here, in the unlikeliest of circumstances, a case can be made for it being one of his ...

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The Country Wife – Minerva Theatre, Chichester

Writer: William Wycherley Director: Jonathan Munby Reviewer: David Guest Restoration comedies are enjoying something of a renaissance, with a recent in-period The Way of the World at the Donmar and The Country Wife at Southwark Playhouse transposed to the Roaring Twenties showing the timelessness of rants against seduction, deception and excesses. At Chichester’s Minerva Theatre Wycherley’s sparkling 1675 comedy of manners ...

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Guys and Dolls – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Book: Jo Swerling & Abe Burrows Music & Lyrics: Frank Loesser Director:  Michael Buffong Reviewer: May Mellstrom The Christmas production at the Royal Exchange is always a highlight of the festive period, providing a welcome alternative in the panto season.  Widely regarded as one of the finest Broadway musicals of all time, Guys and Dolls can hardly be considered a ...

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A Raisin in the Sun – Liverpool Playhouse

Walter and Ruth sat at kitchen table

Writer: Lorraine Hansberry Director: Dawn Walton Reviewer: Abbie Rippon Set in Chicago in the late 1950s, Lorraine Hansberry’s thought provoking, iconic play A Raisin in the Sun is an intense and fiery script which gives the audience a glimpse of family life for the black community of the Windy City just before the Civil Rights Movement came into force. In ...

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A Raisin in the Sun – Nuffield Theatre, Southampton

Walter and Ruth sat at kitchen table

Writer: Lorraine Hansberry Director: Dawn Walton Reviewer: Sharon MacDonald-Armitage   Lorraine Hansbury’s A Raisin in the Sun may have been written in 1959 but the questions it raises about family relationships, poverty and the dream of bettering oneself by owning your own home ring as true today as they did then. This is the story of the Younger family and ...

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A Raisin In The Sun – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Alisha Bailey and Ashley Zhangazha

Writer: Lorraine Hansberry Director: Dawn Walton Reviewer: Paul Couch   Essentially, Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin In The Sun is a magnificent soap opera in the best tradition of the genre, no more, no less. That’s not to detract from its quality in any way but anyone hoping for some cerebral, social metaphors is likely to be disappointed. It’s a neat, ...

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Ah, Wilderness! – Young Vic, London

Writer: Eugene O’Neill Director: Natalie Abrahami Reviewer: Edie Ranvier Eugene O’Neill, Nobel and quadruple-Pulitzer prize-winning American playwright, has 50 plays to his name; but Ah, Wilderness! is his only comedy. Yes, a comedy with a seam of darkness in it so wide that it’s constantly threatening to become a coalfield – but a comedy nonetheless. It’s with this rare beast, ...

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