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A Better Woman – The Marlowe Studio, Canterbury

The cast of A Better Woman at The Marlowe Studio, Canterbury

Director: Tilly Vosburgh Writer: Simon Mendes da Costa Reviewer: Dan English   Acclaimed playwright Simon Mendes da Costa brings his new comedy, A Better Woman, to Canterbury's Marlowe Studio, with successful results. Directed by Tilly Vosburgh, da Costa's play, about a middle-aged man's struggle with finding love in the eclectic dating world, is the second homegrown production from the Marlowe ...

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1984 – Citizens Theatre, Glasgow

Writer: George Orwell Adaptation &Direction: Robert Icke &Duncan Macmillan Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Arriving in Glasgow on a wave of five-star reviews, Headlong's sell-out production of 1984 at the Citizens Theatre would seem to promise much, but the question is, does it deliver? The answer, thankfully, is a resounding yes. Theatrical productions that genuinely have the power to move are becoming ...

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Time of My Life – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Writer/Director: Alan Ayckbourn Reviewer: Bill Avenell In an interview in the program notes of Time of my Life Alan Ayckbourn comments that this play "couldn't work if it was set in Surrey". That may or may not be true but it certainly worked last night when performed in Surrey, and right in the County Town to boot. But this is ...

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surprises – Watford Palace Theatre, Watford

Writer and Director: Alan Ayckbourn Reviewer: Stephen Bates [rating:3.5] 76 plays and still going strong. Just how strong is the most pleasant surprise of Alan Ayckbourn's new romantic comedy. Not for the first time, he delves into the world of the future, but his characters and his dialogue remain very much rooted in his familiar territory of Middle England. The ...

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surprises – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Writer/Director: Alan Ayckbourn Reviewer: Bill Avenell [rating: 4] There were a large number of students in a packed house at Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre and this gave a slightly different atmosphere to the normally rather reserved reception from the middle class heartland that Alan Ayckbourn has analysed and made fun of throughout his career. One can only wish they to ...

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Absurd Person Singular – Minerva Theatre, Chichester.

Author and Director: Alan Ayckbourn Reviewer: Bill Avenell [rating:4.5]   The last time I went to see an Ayckbourn play I was sadly disappointed and struggled to remember why I found his work so amusing 40 years ago. This afternoon’s production at the Minerva made me remember exactly what it was that attracted me back then; the mix of black ...

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surprises – Minerva Theatre, Chichester

Writer and Director: Alan Ayckbourn Reviewer: Ann Bawtree [rating:4]   Set sometime in the fairly distant future and, in the second and third acts, some fifty and sixty years later, the story begins with the age old problem of a father not wanting his precious daughter to throw herself away on a worthless suitor. This simple enough plot is complicated ...

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