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DUBLIN THEATRE FESTIVAL: Saint Nicholas – Smock Alley, Dublin

Writer: Conor McPherson Director: Simon Evans Reviewer: Laura Marriott “In the dark, there are vampires.” So, first things first. This is Brendan Coyle’s return to the Irish stage for the first time since 2002 and he is reuniting with playwright Conor McPherson for the Irish premiere of Saint Nicholas. For everyone wanting to know if it was worth the wait: ...

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War Horse – Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Nick Stafford From the novel by: Michael Morpurgo Directors: Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris Reviewer: Gareth Davies More than a decade after first galloping onto the stage, the National Theatre’s production of War Horse has been a major theatrical export, having played to over seven million around the world. In the centenary year of the end of the war ...

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Macbeth – Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford upon Avon

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Polly Findlay Reviewer: Katy Roberts Macbeth, both the play and the titular character, is obsessed with time, and this theme looms large throughout Polly Findlay’s modern-dress production of Shakespeare’s shortest tragedy. From the moment the digital clock sparks into life at the back of the stage, one becomes acutely aware that Macbeth and his wife are ...

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War Horse – Theatre Royal, Nottingham

Writer: Nick Stafford, from the book by Michael Morpurgo Directors: Marianne Elliot and Tom Morris Reviewer: Dave Smith Since it first opened at the National Theatre in 2007 – an adaptation Michael Morpurgo, the writer of the source novel, thought “they must be mad” to even attempt – War Horse has been playing somewhere in the world almost continually. In that time it ...

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The Father- Yvonne Arnaud Theatre,Guildford.

Banner for The Father

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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4:48 Psychosis – Studio Theatre, Sheffield

Writer: Sarah Kane Director: Charlotte Gwinner Reviewer: Ruth Jepson At 4:48, when sanity visits, for one hour and twelve minutes, I am in my right mind 4:48am. Allegedly the time when writer Sarah Kane would wake up, mind clear after a day of battling back the black dog with a cocktail of prescription drugs, and find herself able to write ...

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Macbeth – Manchester International Festival

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Rob Ashford &Kenneth Branagh Reviewer: Matthew Nichols [Rating:5] Why stage Macbeth again? Why stage it now? Surely there has to be justification, a reason, or a need to put a distinctive slant on it. It’s not like there’s a dearth of interpretations on stage (Eve Best’s production of The Scottish Play also opened at the Globe ...

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