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The Verdict – Darlington Hippodrome

Based on the book by Barry Reed Adapted for the stage by Margaret May Hobbs Director: Michael Lunney Reviewer: Mark Clegg Based on Barry Reed’s 1980 best-selling novel, this newly adapted version of The Verdict is the first time the story has been dramatized since the 1982 Paul Newman-starring movie. Featuring a failing, drunken lawyer finding a new lease of ...

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The Verdict – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Writer: Margaret May Hobbs from the book by Barry Reed Director: Michael Lunney Reviewer: James Garrington Although originally written as a book, The Verdict is perhaps best known as a film starring Paul Newman and James Mason. David Mamet’s Oscar-nominated screenplay was adapted from a novel by Barry Reed – a novel which has now been adapted for the stage, ...

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The History Boys – Grand Opera House, York

Writer: Alan Bennett Director: Kate Saxon Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Alan Bennett’s multi award winning The History Boys is currently playing to theatres nationwide. It is about a class of eight boys who have sat their A’ Levels and are staying an extra term with an aim of getting into Oxford University. Set in the 1980s, and era recognised by the ...

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The History Boys – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer: Alan Bennett Director: Kate Saxon Reviewer: Glen Pearce It may be set in the 1980s but there is a timeless quality to Alan Bennett’s The History Boys that ensures it resonates with all ages. The landscape may have changed but the themes and topics brought so vividly to life in Bennett’s witty and observant wordplay remains as fresh as ...

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The History Boys – New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Writer: Alan Bennett Director: Kate Saxon Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Award-winning The History Boys is widely regarded as one of Alan Bennett’s finest hours, including helpings of whimsy and beautifully observed comic dialogue with a steel underbelly. It tells the story of a group of bright grammar school boys preparing for the Oxbridge entrance examinations that were designed to be more ...

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The History Boys – The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Writer: Alan Bennett Director: Kate Saxon Reviewer: Nicole Evans Set in the 1980’s, six Tony Award winning, The History Boys aims to point out the strengths and flaws of an education system perceived to be rapidly declining. Covering a class of boys preparing for a shot at Oxbridge exams it explores every aspect of confusion in both teaching and being ...

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Heather Gardner – Birmingham Rep @ Old Rep

Writer: Robin French, based on Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen Director: Mike Bradwell Reviewer: Selwyn Knight [rating:3.5] Robin French, native of Birmingham and winner of the Royal Court Young Writers’ Festival in 2004 with Bear Hug, is the Birmingham Rep’s writer-in-residence. He confesses to being “head over heels in love with … [Ibsen’s] Hedda Gabler” and to being fascinated with ...

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Medea – Watford Palace Theatre, Watford

Writer: Euripides, in a new version by Mike Bartlett Director: Mike Bartlett Reviewer: Ian Foster [rating:3.5] Mike Bartlett’s Medea initially seems a world away from Euripides’ original. With a new version written for Headlong and directed by himself, Bartlett transplants Rachael Stirling’s Medea into stultifying Home Counties suburbia, vibrantly captured by Ruari Murchison’s set. In this small town where her ...

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