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Country Music – Omnibus Theatre, London

Writer: Simon Stephens Director: Scott Le Crass Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Simon Stephens’s 2004 piece for the Royal Court, Country Music, is comparatively short, its single act coming in at a tad over 70 minutes. But onstage it covers two decades, following the life of a delinquent teen and the consequences of an action from which he can never fully run away. ...

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Abigail’s Party – Curve Leicester

Writer: Mike Leigh Director: Suba Das Reviewer: Phil Lowe “I told you nobody'd like olives Laurence.” says the lead character Beverly to her put down husband. He retorts, “Not nobody Beverly: I like olives. And that's twenty-five per cent of the assembled company” In such cleverly written lines throughout Leigh's comically tragic masterpiece, Abigail's Party, we recognise 1970s affluent pretension ...

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The Saints – Nuffield Theatre, Southampton

Writer: Luke Barnes Director: Matthew Dunster Reviewer: Laurie Stras   Art at the Heart – Southampton’s summer festival of music, theatre, poetry, visual arts, and dance – is currently taking place at the Nuffield Playing Field, a pop-up venue in the city’s Guildhall Square. Designed by hip and happening Assemble Architects, who created London’s Cinerôleum and Chichester Festival’s Theatre on ...

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Dealer’s Choice – Oxford Playhouse

Writer: Patrick Marber Director: Michael Longhurst Reviewer: Mary Tapper Men. How they interact. How they live life. How they play out their relationships. It's all here on show in Dealer's Choice and the results are witty, touching and entertaining. The play is set in a restaurant as we see preparations for the weekly poker game, held by the owner, for ...

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Thebes – New Diorama Theatre, London

Writer: Gareth Jandrell (after Sophocles and Aeschylus) Director: Rachel Valentine Smith Reviewer: Alice McGuigan [rating:4] “I vow to save you once more, my Thebes. My city” promises King Oedipus, unaware that his own fate has already set its suffering in motion. Presented by The Faction and written by Gareth Jandrell, this modern adaptation condenses Sophocles’ and Aeschylus’ classical Theban plays. ...

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Wasted – The Marlowe Studio, Canterbury

Writer: Kate Tempest Director: James Grieve Reviewer: Rhiannon Lawson [Rating: 4.5] “A play by the UK’s most exciting performance poet and rapper.” This may not sound like everyone’s’ cup of tea, however, having seen Wasted at The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, all I can say is – WOW. Debuting as a playwright, Kate Tempest has written an extremely poignant, thought provoking ...

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London – Royal Exchange Studio, Manchester

Writer: Simon Stephens Director: George Perrin Reviewer: Katherine Kirwin [Rating: 3] Simon Stephens is fast becoming one of our most popular playwrights and most successful exports from Stockport, Manchester. In 2012 alone he has had four of his plays premiered at the National, Lyric Hammersmith, Traverse and Young Vic. London is billed as a UK premiere and yet really it ...

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London – Tron Theatre, Glasgow

Writer: Simon Stephens Director: George Perrin Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys [Rating:4] Essentially two plays with a London commonality, these works by the prolific writer Simon Stephens make a powerful impact but provide very different theatrical experiences. T5opens on a lone woman (Abby Ford) in a hotel room, we watch as she acts out the innermost thoughts which are transmitted to us ...

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