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When We Are Married – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: J B Priestley Music: Conrad Nelson Director: Barrie Rutter Reviewer: Janet Jepson Playwright J B Priestley was born in 1894 in Bradford, and although he left the city to go to war at the age of 19, he never forgot his native roots, drawing much of the social aspects and moral ideas of his plays from the West Riding ...

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When We Are Married – Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds

Writer: JB Priestley Director: Barrie Rutter Reviewer: Paul Couch The pre-war world of JB Priestley was a very different place to what we know today. After the Depression and before the turmoil of war in Europe, England was pretty much a land of idyll for everyone but the poorest of its populace. This near-octogenarian play has aged reasonably well. True, ...

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Northern Broadsides: When We Are Married – York Theatre Royal

Northern Broadsides

Writer: J.B. Priestley Director: Barrie Rutter Designer: Jessica Worrall Reviewer: Ron Simpson Nearly a quarter of a century ago Northern Broadsides was founded on the premise of doing classical theatre, mostly, but not solely, Shakespeare, with a Northern voice and taking it to non-theatrical venues. The company is still doing that, but the scope has steadily enlarged to take in ...

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The Merry Wives – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Barrie Rutter Designer: Lis Evans Reviewer: Ron Simpson Northern Broadsides’ productions are a miracle of re-invention. The current tour of The Merry Wives takes in 12 theatres, a mix of in-the-round, proscenium arch and thrust stages, plus the atmospheric combination of a narrow acting corridor and dark arches that constitute the company’s Halifax home. Turning around ...

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The Merry Wives – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Barrie Rutter Reviewer: Jo Beggs Sir John Falstaff is past his prime. But despite living alone above an ale-house and about as out of shape as a man can be, his vanity is still pretty intact. When he attempts to seduce not one, but two married women he sets himself up as the target for some ...

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Interview: Barrie Rutter on The Merry Wives

Image Credit: Nobby Clarke

By Ron Simpson Two hours before the matinee performance of The Merry Wives at the home of Northern Broadsides, Dean Clough Mill in Halifax, Barrie Rutter is talking about the production. The flowing hair and trim beard are part of his character of Sir John Falstaff; the fat suit will come later. For a play ostensibly set in Windsor, Northern ...

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King Lear – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Jonathan Miller Reviewer: Jo Beggs   So…it seems Barrie Rutter (that’s Rutter to you and me), advocate of all things Yorkshire, Founder and Director of Northern Broadsides, and one of the hardest working actors in the industry, has reached this point in his career. Old enough to play Lear, young enough to still have the stamina ...

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King Lear – Liverpool Playhouse

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Johnathan Miller Reviewer: Vicki Goodwin   Family conflicts are a common occurrence for most of us, yet thankfully few happen on the scale of Shakespeare's King Lear. Unhappy with what the King sees as a lack of fatherly devotion in his youngest daughter Cordelia, he feels compelled to rather brutally cut her off, foolishly placing his ...

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