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RED – Lyric Theatre, Belfast

Writer: John Logan Director: Emma Jordan Reviewer: Colm G Doran ‘…Red’ It is the title that frames this co-production by Prime Cut Productions and The Lyric, uttered by a spluttering Ken played by Thomas Finnegan in answer to the indomitable artist Mark Rothko played by Patrick O’Kane.  Moments before, the scene opens on a pensive Rothko surveying the audience, he ...

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The Train – Abbey Theatre, Dublin

Writer: Arthur Riordan Composer: Bill Whelan Director: Lynne Parker Reviewer: Saoirse Anton   “We’ll show the old farts who maintain their dominance Over our constituent parts The time is near, to kick against the pricks Sign up here, for gender politics.” Just minutes down the road from the Abbey Theatre, at Connolly Station on the 22nd May 1971, members of ...

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Educating Rita – Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Writer: Willy Russell Director: Elizabeth Newman Reviewer: May Mellstrom Talk to anyone about Educating Rita and two names inevitably crop up – Julie Walters and Michael Caine. To those whose only experience of Willy Russell’s meaning-of-life tale is the 1983 film, it may come as a surprise to learn it began life three years earlier, as a stage play featuring ...

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Macbeth – Shakespeare’s Globe, London

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Iqbal Khan Reviewer: Andy Moseley On a stormy night in London, an act of treachery leads to the bloody and ultimately short-lived rule of a paranoid former foot soldier. Make up your own punchline for any events going on further down the Thames but this is actually the latest production of Macbeth at the Globe. Three ...

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Singin’ in the Rain – Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Actor-Musician production of Singing' in the Rain directed by Elizabeth Newman

Book: Betty Comden &Adolph Green Music: Nacio Herb Brown Lyrics: Arthur Freed Director: Elizabeth Newman Reviewer: May Mellstrom Summer may technically have arrived but it looks to be a wet month at the Octagon as they bring classic movie musical Singin’ in the Rain to the stage in a production which should make a deserved splash in Bolton. Although a ...

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Singin’ in the Rain – Salisbury Playhouse, Salisbury

Actor-Musician production of Singing' in the Rain directed by Elizabeth Newman

Music: Nacho Herb Brown. Lyrics:Arthur Freed, Book:Betty Comden and Adolpho Green Director:Elizabeth Newman Reviewer: Sharon MacDonald-Armitage There is always a mix of excitement and trepidation when a production ofSingin’ in the Rainis announced. Excitement at seeing one of Hollywood’s Golden Era musicals and trepidation in wonderingif the production will ensure the first few rows of audience members will get slightly ...

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