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White Christmas – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: David Ives and Paul Blake Music &lyrics: Irving Berlin Director: David Morgan Reviewer: Laura Maley [rating:4] Sumptuous design combines with classic songs and strong performances from a very talented ensemble to impress the crowds in White Christmas. It’s a perfect feel-good way to start the festive season. Although this production veers from the story in the 1954 Paramount Pictures ...

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Edinburgh Fringe: Educating Rita – Assembly George Square

Writer: Willy Russell Director: Tamara Harvey Reviewer: Deborah Klayman [rating: 3.5] A brilliantly-written play that makes an unlikely couple of a Scouse hairdresser and a University Lecturer, Educating Rita is a piece that maintains its popularity by being funny, engaging and accessible. In an attempt to improve her life Rita enrols in an English Lit course via Open University, and ...

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Educating Rita – Theatre Royal, Brighton

Writer: Willy Russell   Director: Tamara Harvey   Reviewer: Steve Turner   [rating: 3.5]   Willy Russell’s play, here revived by the Menier Chocolate Factory, explores the relationship that develops between Rita, a hairdresser full of dreams and desires, and Frank, a drunken professor full of a desire for a dram. While there is a level of sadness inherent in ...

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Educating Rita – Arts Theatre, Cambridge

Writer: Willy Russell Director: Tamara Harvey Reviewer: Jack Trott [rating:3.5] This is a new production of Willy Russell's classic play of 1980 that spawned the film of the same name and produced in partnership between Chocolate Factory Productions and Theatre Royal Bath Productions. Like other Russell plays having been adapted into other forms, most notably Blood Brothers the musical, this ...

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Educating Rita – Richmond Theatre, London

Writer: Willy Russell Director: Tamara Harvey Reviewer: Jonathan Grant [rating:5] Educating Rita, produced by the Chocolate Factory and Theatre Royal Bath, is a delightful re-working of Willy Russell’s clever study of character and emotion, liberally sprinkled with humour and delicious irony. Claire Sweeney plays the title rôle of the married hairdresser who at 31 and already familiar with the poetry ...

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Educating Rita- Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Writer: Willy Russell Director: Tamara Harvey Reviewer: James Martin [Rating:4]   Willy Russell’s charming and ever present ‘Educating Rita’ was this evening performed at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre where the audience were treated to an evening of laughs, cheers and smiles. The comedy which was first commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company and performed back in 1980 at the Donmar ...

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WHAT’S HOT – 21st May 2012

Writers and directors will ultimately agree that at the heart of the human condition lies in our ability to hold relationships with each other (or not), whether that is a loving/romantic relationship, a paternal relationship, or our ability to destroy relationships. Our selection of productions this week all share that common theme. John Roberts guides you through the relationship minefields ...

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