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Tartuffe – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Writer: Moliere, translated by Chris Campbell Director: Roxana Silbert Reviewer: James Garrington [rating:4.5] Tartuffe is perfect. He is charming, he is respectable – and he is religious. What more could a father ask for in a potential husband for his daughter? Originally written in 1664, Moliere’s play caused a great degree of controversy when it was first performed. Indeed, the ...

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Mess – The DOOR, Birmingham REP

Writer: Caroline Horton Director: Alex Swift Reviewer: Selwyn Knight [rating:4] Mess is a unapologetically about anorexia nervosa. This might make one feel uneasy about watching, after all, it can have tragic consequences. That writer and actor Caroline Horton has used her own experiences in Mess might make it even more uncomfortable. But no. There are unnerving sequences, yes, but the ...

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Daytona – The HOUSE, Birmingham Rep

Writer: Oliver Cotton Director: David Grindley Reviewer: Selwyn Knight [rating:5] It’s winter, 1986. On entering the theatre one is struck by Ben Stones’ detailed set, the lounge of a Brooklyn apartment, which evokes the era with its massive video recorder and stereo record player. This is the home of respectable semi-retired accountant Joe Zimmerman (Harry Shearer) and his wife Elli ...

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NEWS: Birmingham Repertory Theatre Announces 2014 Season

Hot on the heels of its hugely successful reopening, which has seen over 35,000 tickets sold and 170,000 people visiting the newly refurbished theatre in the first month of opening, Birmingham Repertory Theatre has announced its plans for 2014. Highlights from January to June 2014 include: the return of writer Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti with the premiere of her latest play, ...

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Europa – The STUDIO, Birmingham REP

Writers: Lutz Hübner, Sikorska-Miszczuk, Tena Štivičić and Steve Waters Director: Janusz Kica Reviewer: Selwyn Knight [rating:3] Europa is the end result of two years’ collaboration between four leading European theatres (Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Teatr Polski Bydgoszcz (Poland), Staatsschauspiel Dresden (Germany) and Zagreb Youth Theatre (Croatia) and four leading playwrights, each a leading writer in his/her own language. It seeks to ...

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Twelve Angry Men – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Writer: Reginald Rose Director: Christopher Haydon Reviewer: James Garrington [rating:4.5] One hot day in late summer, twelve men are locked into a jury room together. They have to decide the fate of a young man who is on trial for murder. The judge has made it clear that they must all agree, and if they find him guilty he will ...

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Faulty Towers: The Dining Experience – The SUITES, Birmingham REP

Reviewer: Selwyn Knight [rating:4] Fawlty Towers, written by John Cleese and Connie Booth, famously ran on BBC for twelve episodes between 1975 and 1979. Named best TV series of all time in 2000 by the British Film Institute in the list BFI TV 100, it is still fondly remembered by many for its distinctive characters: Basil, tense, rude and never ...

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Dunsinane – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Writer: David Greig Director: Roxana Silbert Reviewer: James Garrington [rating:5] Macbeth is dead. The queen has gone mad and is now, we are told, also dead. Malcolm, and an English army led by Siward, have taken control, and Malcolm is about to be crowned king. The worst, it would appear is over. What would happen, though, if the queen were, ...

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