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Beautiful Thing – Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Writer: Jonathan Harvey Director: Mike Tweddle  Music: Thomas Johnson Designer: Anisha Fields Lighting: Chris Swain Reviewer: Leah Tozer Once I believed that when love came to me, it would come with rockets, bells, and poetry – but with me and you, it just started quietly, and grew… and it’s getting better. Beautiful Thing at the Tobacco Factory Theatres begins with a beautiful chorus of Mama Cass’s It’s ...

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Beautiful Thing – Old Joint Stock, Birmingham

Andrew Greaves and Reis Bruce in Beautiful Thing

Writer: Jonathan Harvey Director: Tracey Street Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Jonathan Harvey’s Beautiful Thing is a truly charming tale of first love. Set in the early 1990s on a rundown council estate in Thamesmead, our protagonists gradually discover their depth of feelings for each other and, against the odds, seem set to live happily ever after. But this is not a ...

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Beautiful Thing – Royal and Derngate, Northampton

Writer: Jonathan Harvey Director: Nikolai Foster Reviewer: Natasha Hegarty Jonathan Harvey’s dark comedy takes the audience back to the early ‘90s in a London council estate. The main characters all congregate on the balcony of their flats – which is set by three battered-looking doors and some hanging baskets, which feisty single mother Sandra (Charlie Brooks) is extremely proud of. ...

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Beautiful Thing – Nottingham Playhouse, Nottingham

Writer: Jonathan Harvey Director: Nikolai Foster Reviewer: Phil Lowe It is easy to forget that sometimes in an audience member’s life it is the first time they have viewed a play despite it being around for a couple of decades with a worldwide cult following. On a first time viewing of Jonathan Harvey’s Beautiful Thing, a play centred round an ...

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Beautiful Thing – The Patrick Centre, Birmingham Hippodrome

Writer: Jonathan Harvey Director: Nikolai Foster Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Transport yourself back to the early 1990s to Thamesmead, a rundown largely working class estate in south London. The residents have their own problems to deal with – drug abuse, anti-social behaviour, just trying to rub along. Central to the story are Sandra, a thirty-five year old barmaid, her latest partner, ...

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Beautiful Thing – The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Writer: Jonathan Harvey Director: Nikolai Foster Reviewer: Tim Frost   Before Brokeback Mountain‘s mainstream story of gay love in an ‘unlikely’ setting there was Beautiful Thing, Jonathan Harvey’s play of teenage love set on a Thamesmead housing estate. It is a big-hearted story of characters whose lives clash on the balcony outside their three council flats. Sandra is the loud-mouthed, ...

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PREVIEW: Beautiful Thing Back on Tour

Jonathan Harvey’s iconic romantic comedy/drama Beautiful Thing is celebrating its 20th Birthday by making a comeback and, to quote the Mamma Cass song featured prominently in it, “it’s getting better”. Stephen Bates went along to the press launch to find out more.   Beautiful Thing is a teenage love story set on a South London social housing estate, with the ...

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Beautiful Thing – New Wolsey Studio, Ipswich

Writer: Jonathan Harvey Director: Steve Wooldridge Reviewer: Paul Couch What was cutting edge in the mid-1990s may seem a little dated 20 years later but Jonathan Harvey’s Beautiful Thing is still engaging and a brave choice for a young cast to tackle. Set in south east London’s uncompromising Thamesmead estate, it’s the story of sensitive Jamie and sporty golden boy ...

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