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The Cane  – Royal Court, London

Writer: Mark Ravenhill Director:  Vicky Featherstone Reviewer:  Richard Maguire Some of us can clearly remember the cane, the form of corporal punishment so beloved in boys’ schools of the past. It was banned in 1986 in state schools but lingered on in private schools until the turn of the century. Nowadays the cane is a paradoxical symbol representing both ‘the ...

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Beginners – The Unicorn Theatre, London

Writer & Director: Tim Crouch Reviewer: Hannah Powell Tim Crouch’s Beginners is single handily one of the most well written and emotive pieces of children’s theatre this reviewer has ever had the pleasure to watch. Giant flowers and mountain icicles, an adult dressed as a flying insect hanging from the ceiling, and a dog that quotes Shakespeare in a way ...

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John – National Theatre, London

Writer: Annie Baker Director: James Macdonald Reviewer: Stephen Bates Annie Baker is a writer who does not like to hurry. Her Pulitzer Prize-winning play The Flick, staged at the National’s Dorfman Theatre in the Spring of 2016, found time for long silences and spells when the stage was left empty, but, in over three inaction-packed hours, she created characters and ...

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Amadeus – National Theatre, London

Writer: Peter Shaffer Director: Michael Longhurst Reviewer: Maryam Philpott At almost 40 years old Peter Shaffer’s seminal play Amadeus has survived longer than Mozart lived. Frequently revived and admired since its 1979 debut, this tale of professional jealousy was last performed in the 2016-2017 winter season and returns to the National Theatre for another four-month run where it once again ...

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B – Royal Court, London

Writer: Guillermo Calderon Director: Sam Pritchard Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Is radical change ever possible without violence? For revolutions to successfully cause a shift in the fabric of society, surely collateral damage is inevitable, in some cases even desirable; the French wiped out their entire ruling class to change their political structure, the British sheepishly beheaded a King (for all the ...

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Road – Royal Court Theatre, London

Writer: Jim Cartwright Director: John Tiffany Reviewer: Tom Finch Set among the houses of an unnamed street somewhere in Lancashire during the Thatcher years, Jim Cartwright’s seminal play Road is now playing at the Royal Court 30 years after its first production. Eschewing plot for character study the piece explores the lives of the working class inhabitants over the course ...

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Amadeus – National Theatre, London

Writer: Peter Shaffer Director: Michael Longhurst Reviewer: Stephen Bates Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of taking residence at its Southbank home, the National Theatre is dipping into the treasure chest that holds its greatest hits to bring out this witty gem, give it a good polish and return it to the Olivier stage where it opened in 1979. The result is ...

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Disco Pigs – Salisbury Playhouse

Writer: Enda Walsh Director: Cathal Cleary Reviewer: David Jobson Enda Walsh, a prolific Irish playwright, is well known for helping to adapt the film Once into a musical. His plays, though, verge towards absurdist comedy, and it is no different with this revival of one of his earliest works, Disco Pigs. Still, it's a play worth reviving to explore today’s ...

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