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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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King Lear – Theatre Royal, Bath

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Jonathan Miller Reviewer: Jackson Lawrence The Northern Broadsides theatre company prides itself on retelling classics with a northern voice. The actors speak in their own accents and King Lear is delivered with the same rustic, rugged charm of the north. The show is blunt, honest, simple. However, in a play that is centuries old, which has ...

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INTERVIEW: 10 Minutes with Northern Broadsides Barrie Rutter

The Public Reviews’ Rich Jevons talks to Barrie Rutter, Founder and Artistic Director of Northern Broadsides, about his forthcoming performance as the lead rôle in a Jonathan Miller directed King Lear, following their successful collaboration in Rutherford &Son. How have rehearsals been going? It’s about story-telling and story-acting. Jonathan Miller’s direction is an absolute forensic examination of the human experience, ...

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An August Bank Holiday Lark – Oldham Coliseum

Writer: Deborah McAndrew Director: Barrie Rutter Reviewer: Ruth Lovett This uplifting yet tragic tale is set against the outbreak of World War One and its eventual effect on a small Lancashire mill town; steeped in tradition where the locals work hard but also know how to celebrate when the opportunity arises. Membership of the local Morris Men side is almost ...

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An August Bank Holiday Lark – Oxford Playhouse

Writer: Deborah McAndrew Director: Barrie Rutter Reviewer: Fergus Morgan This year marks the centenary of the outbreak of the First Word War; fittingly, 2014 is also the 50th anniversary of the publication of Philip Larkin’s famously stirring poem MCMXIV, in which lines of volunteers queuing up to enlist are said to be "Grinning as if it were all / An ...

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An August Bank Holiday Lark – Playhouse Theatre, Liverpool

Writer: Deborah McAndrew Director: Barrie Rutter Reviewer: Jamie Gaskin   It is widely accepted that a funeral or similar should be used to celebrate the life of someone rather than mourn their passing. So it is with Deborah McAndrew’s delightful An August Bank Holiday Lark set in a Lancashire mill town where talk of volunteering for World War 1 is ...

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An August Bank Holiday Lark – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Deborah McAndrew Music: Conrad Nelson Director: Barrie Rutter Reviewer: Sue Collier It is 1914. Everyone has stopped working at the mill and they are excitedly preparing for ‘Wakes Week’, the celebration of the Rushbearing Festival. The local Morris Dancing team are rehearsing for their parade through the village and the Rush Wagon is piled high with cut reeds, on ...

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An August Bank Holiday Lark – New Vic, Newcastle under Lyme

Writer: Deborah McAndrew Director: Barrie Rutter Reviewer: Matthew Jackson “Keep Calm and Carry On” was the title of an unused poster in World War Two and what a play that recognises that idea. An August Bank Holiday Lark set before and during World War One shows how a rural community in Lancashire is affected by the war. As Director Barrie ...

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