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Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Hannah Moscovitch Composer: Ben Caplan and Christian Barry Director: Christian Barry Reviewer: Lizz Clark Headlines refer to 'swarms of immigrants', the refugee crisis grinds on, and politicians euphemistically champion 'British values'. The award-winning Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story is painfully relevant in Brexit Britain. Telling the story of playwright Hannah Moscovitch's grandparents, who arrived in Canada fleeing the pogroms ...

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The Knowledge – Charing Cross Theatre, London

Writer: Jack Rosenthal (Adapted by Simon Block) Director: Maureen Lipman Reviewer: Maryam Philpott The black cab is an iconic London landmark every bit as recognisable as Buckingham Palace or St Paul’s Cathedral, and its drivers carry a hard-earned encyclopaedic understanding of the city’s 15,000 central streets as well as the various suburbs. The long process of obtaining ‘The Knowledge’ was ...

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Hedda Gabler – Salisbury Playhouse, Salisbury

Tesman and Loevborg with Hedda

Writer: Henrik Ibsen adapted by Brian Friel Director: Gareth Machin Reviewer: Sharon MacDonald-Armitage   Gareth Machin has a sure-fire hit on his hands with Salisbury Playhouse’s fabulous production of Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler. From the Nordic inspired set of the Tesman home with its floating lace curtains and translucent walls that give a hint of mystery, to the atmospheric lighting reflecting ...

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A Winter’s Tale – Unicorn Theatre, London

Writer: Ignace Cornelissen, based on Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale Director: Purni Morell Reviewer: Ian Foster [rating:4] The family-centric Unicorn Theatre invites us into a world of make-believe with this production of Ignace Cornelissen’s A Winter’s Tale. Four actors are putting on a playful performance of The Winter’s Tale but we see them slipping in and out of their rôles as ...

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Dr Korczak’s Example – Unicorn Theatre, London

Writer: David Greig Director: Ria Parry Reviewer: Sarah Nutland [rating: 3] David Greig’s Dr Korczak's Example is the latest offering from the Unicorn Theatre; the UK's leading young people's theatre. The play tells the story of Dr Korczak and his struggle to keep Jewish children safe in his Warsaw ghetto orphanage during 1942. We meet Fly, a street child, who ...

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