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Napoleon Disrobed – The DOOR, Birmingham REP

Writer: Told By An Idiot, based on the book by Simon Leys Director: Kathryn Hunter Reviewer: John Kennedy Told by an Idiot theatre company invites its audience to enter into a conspiratorial ‘Just what if?’ hypothetical premise where historical givens are given a severely anachronistic anarchical shaking up. What if Bonaparte was not alone in his part of an elaborate escape hoax? Escape from St ...

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Napoleon Disrobed – Arcola Theatre, London

Adapted by: Told by an Idiot Director: Kathryn Hunter Reviewer: Maryam Philpott The twentieth-century was full of conspiracy theories; while some dealt with faked moon landings and the Roswell cover-up, most of the believed skulduggery surrounded the deaths of famous celebrities - Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, John F Kennedy, even Princess Diana were so famous they couldn’t possibly have died ...

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Napoleon Disrobed – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: Told By An Idiot based on a novel by Simon Leys Director: Kathryn Hunter Reviewer: Joan Phillips Napoleon Disrobed imagines the possibility that Napoleon escapes from St Helena and attempts to return to his supporters in France in order to reclaim the Emperor’s throne. Based on the book The Death of Napoleon by Simon Leys this foray into the ...

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Dirty Great Love Story – Arts Theatre, London

Writers: Richard Marsh and Katie Bonna Director: Pia Furtado Reviewer: Deborah Parry A bloke once said the 'course of true love never runs smoothly' and, hundreds of years later, Richard Marsh and Katie Bonna bring us a play which illustrates that this is still very much true and that exploring the subject on stage still entertains. The plot of Dirty Great ...

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A Wolf In Snakeskin Shoes – Tricycle Theatre, London

Writer: Marcus Gardley Director: Indhu Rubasingham Reviewer: Stephen Bates   Hypocrisy turns up in many guises, at any time and in any place. In 17th Century France, Molière embodied the trait in the character of Tartuffe and now American playwright Marcus Gardley finds it in modern day Atlanta, giving his new verse play the alternative title: The Gospel of Tartuffe. ...

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The Ghost Train – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Writer: Arnold Ridley Director: Paul Hunter Reviewer: Taylor Simmons Reminiscent of The 39 Steps, Arnold Ridley’s The Ghost Train is a 1920s mystery thriller drama which continues to be re-imagined and performed since its London debut in 1925. The story follows a group of travellers who have been stranded at a remote railway station – a station with a dark, ...

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Venice Preserv’d – Paynes and Borthwick Wharf, London

Writer: Thomas Otway Director: Charlotte Westenra Reviewer: Nichola Daunton New company the Spectators’ Guild, aim to do for London theatre what Secret Cinema have done for film. Producer Harry Ross and production designer Helen Scarlett O’Neill have previously worked on Secret Cinema projects so they have experience of sniffing out abandoned or partially constructed venues. For their first outing, a ...

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We Are Proud to Present… – Bush Theatre, London

Writer: Jackie Sibblies Drury Director: Gbolahan Obisesan Reviewer: Stephen Bates Jackie Sibblies Drury has said that she had so little confidence that her play would ever be produced that she could not be bothered to find a short, snappy title for it. To explain, the full title is: We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, ...

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