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Mother Courage and Her Children- The Royal Exchange, Manchester 

Writer: Bertolt Brecht  Composer: Jim Fortune Adptor/Director: Amy Hodge Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Many people argue Mother Courage and Her Children is the best play of the 20thCentury but that doesn’t mean it is easy to watch. Author Bertolt Brecht regarded theatre as a means by which he could communicate his political views and treated niceties like set design, characterisation and even ...

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The Good Person of Szechwan – Barbican, London

Writer: Bertolt Brecht Director: Yury Butusov Reviewer: Gus Mitchell The Moscow Pushkin Drama Theatre is certainly not short on ambition. In just one week at the Barbican they have been performing three of their most acclaimed productions: Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard, Brecht’s The Good Person of Szechwan, and Mother’s Field, a wordless adaptation of a Russian novella. Sadly, it was ...

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Mother Courage and her Children – Albion Electric Warehouse, Leeds

Writer: Bertolt Brecht Translator: Lee Hall Director: Rob Dixon Composer: Boff Whalley Designer: Sara Perks Reviewer: Ron Simpson Red Ladder’s remarkable production of Mother Courage and her Children makes a quite different use of the industrial space of Albion Electric Warehouse from the company’s previous The Shed Crew. The audience again promenades, but between more clearly defined areas, the Community ...

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Berlin to Broadway with Kurt Weill – City Varieties, Leeds

Devised by: Gene Lerner Director: Giles Havergal Musical Director: Martin Pickard Reviewer: Ron Simpson Leeds is not short of quality theatre and it’s good to see the level of co-operation between three of the city’s finest. Berlin to Broadway with Kurt Weill is a co-production by Opera North and West Yorkshire Playhouse, staged in the City Varieties, a perfect venue ...

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Mark Thomas: Showtime From The Frontline – The Lowry, Salfor

Director:  Joe Douglas Reviewer: Paul Maguire There is much comedy and drama that comes out of adversity, and there can’t be many more wretched conditions in which to produce a stand up comedy show than a refugee camp in the West Bank. Mark Thomas, the veteran political comedian, activist and journalist brings to The Lowry his production, Showtime From the ...

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The Threepenny Opera – The Octagon, Bolton

Book and Lyrics: Bertolt Brecht Music: Kurt Weill and Elizabeth Hauptmann Director: David Thacker   Reviewer: Harriet Mallion Adapted from John Gay’s 18th-century ballad opera, The Beggar’s Opera, Bertolt Brecht’s iconic play The Threepenny Opera traditionally offers a socialist critique to a struggling world. The latest production from The Octagon transforms the dominant themes of poverty and corruption into a ...

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The David Fragments – Samuel Beckett Theatre, Dublin

Director: Nicholas Johnson Translator: Nicholas Johnson Adaptor: David Shepherd and The David Ensemble Reviewer: Liam Harrison In 1920’s Munich the young Bertolt Brecht aspired to make his name writing a play about the biblical David. Yet Brecht’s David never became more than a flurry of contradictory notes and sporadic scenes, material which is now taken up by Nicholas Johnson, David ...

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Saint Joan Of The Stockyards – Bristol Old Vic Young Company

The cast of St Joan of the Stockyards

Writer: Bertolt Brecht Translation: Ralph Manheim Reviewer: Kris Hallett   There is a well-expounded piece of advice in the theatre that if you can get your beginning and end right the rest will take care of itself. From the moment Joshua Robinson, as greedy and powerful Chicago factory owner Pierpoint Mailer, bursts onto the stage in a full on display ...

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