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The Father- Yvonne Arnaud Theatre,Guildford.

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Authors: Florian Zeller (translated by Christopher Hampton) Director: James Macdonald Reviewer: Bill Avenell Many of the large audience at Guildford will have come into contact with aspects of Alzheimer’s Disease in their families. Sadly, an increasing number will experience this in the future and some with real personal involvement. Whether Florian Zeller’s take on the awfulness of the Disease will ...

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INTERVIEW: A dangerous liaison with Theo Barklem-Biggs

It’s hard to turn a corner these days without coming face to face with actor Theo Barklem-Biggs. He’s done comedy, drama and is now returning to the stage at The Donmar Warehouse in December. Paul Couch caught up with him. For someone whose star is on the rise, the ubiquitous 25-year-old Londoner is surprisingly self-effacing about his situation, laughing off ...

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The Mother – Ustinov Studio, Theatre Royal Bath

Writer: Florian Zeller Translator: Christopher Hampton Director: Laurence Boswell Reviewer: Claire Hayes A mother’s job is to love and let go – gradually loosening the reins without unravelling herself. And this most precarious of balances is at the heart of Florian Zeller’s play The Mother, receiving its UK premiere at the Ustinov Studio. For those who saw The Father last ...

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Treats – Brewery Theatre, Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Writer: Christopher Hampton Director: Josey O’Neal Reviewer: Kris Hallett There’s something deeply infuriating about Christopher Hampton’sTreats, the second of four plays in Bristol Old Vic Theatre School’s Directors’ Cuts season. The first impression is that it is the deeply questionable sexual and power politics that has riled, a play that shows a woman actively choosing to go back to her ...

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The Trial – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Writer: Franz Kafka Adaptor: Christopher Hampton Director: Michael McCarthy Reviewer: James Garrington On the morning of his 30th birthday, Josef K is in bed when someone enters his bedroom. But this is not his maid with his breakfast, but a grotesque caricature of a man all in black. He is joined by a second, identically dressed man. They take a ...

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The Father – Theatre Royal, Bath

Writer: Florian Zeller Director: James Macdonald Reviewer: Claire Hayes Crossing the bridge of understanding with a fellow human being can often be difficult, especially when that person is suffering from dementia, with a very different reality from our own. This new translation from the French of Florian Zeller’s play, The Father, uses the immediacy of theatre to create a window ...

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CD REVIEW: Stephen Ward – Original Cast Recording

Composer: Andrew Lloyd Webber Book &Lyrics: Christopher Hampton and Don Black Reviewer: Holly Spanner The Profumo affair is perhaps one of the most notorious affairs of the 20th Century. A political scandal, it rocked Britain to its core. Stephen Ward, an osteopath by profession, talented artist and man about town, moved in high society circles, and had a taste for ...

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God of Carnage – Royal & Derngate, Northampton

Writer: Yasmina Reza Translater: Christopher Hampton Director: Kate Saxon Reviewer: Sue Dixon [rating:3] It has been said that Yasmina Reza writes plays that are short, sharp and witty – starting with simple ideas – that her characters then react to and journey the audience into riveting and entertaining outcomes. God of Carnage does fit that description but the promise of ...

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