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84 Charing Cross Road – Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

Writer: James Roose-Evans from the book by Helene Hanff Director: Richard Beecham Reviewer: Selwyn Knight In 1949, Helene Hanff was a young unperformed playwright in New York with a zest for self-improvement. She never went to college but loved the classics and more obscure literary titles. She chanced upon an advert for Marks and Co., an antiquarian bookseller in Charing Cross Road, and ...

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84 Charing Cross Road – Darlington Hippodrome

Based on the novel by Helene Hanff Adaptor: James Roose-Evans Director: Richard Beecham Reviewer: Mark Clegg In an age of emails, Skype and instant messaging it’s now difficult to remember the not-to-distant past when the main way of people communicating over long distances was writing letters. Such trans-Atlantic correspondences provide the basis for Helene Hanff’s autobiographical book as the New ...

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Our Man in Havana – Northcott Theatre, Exeter

Writer:  Adapted by Clive Francis from the novel by Graham Greene Director:  Amanda Knott Reviewer:  Becca Savory Fuller Jim Wormold is just a struggling vacuum cleaner salesman in Havana, until a mysterious British gentleman enters his shop.  The sharply-suited Hawthorn seems scarcely interested in vacuum cleaners, and so begins Wormold’s descent into the world of international espionage. Our Man in ...

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An Inspector Calls – Playhouse Theatre, London

Te cast of An Inspector Calls

Writer: JB Priestley Director: Stephen Daldry Reviewer: Stephen Bates Twenty-four years after Stephen Daldry's legendary production first opened at the National Theatre, An Inspector Calls calls on London's West End yet again, having played somewhere across the globe for most of the interim period. This year also marks the 70th Anniversary of the first production in the UK of JB ...

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84 Charing Cross Road – Salisbury Playhouse, Salisbury

Writer: Helen Hanff adapted by James Roose-Evans Director: James Roose-Evans Reviewer: Sharon MacDonald-Armitage There can be nothing more quintessentially British that a second hand book shop in central London. The tall bookcases, ladders that help you reach the highest of tomes and the well worn wooden tables laden with cloth covered, gilt edge books all emphasise a bygone era where ...

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WHAT’S HOT: Week Beginning Monday 2nd February 2015

Kris Hallett looks at the best of the UK's theatre in this week's round-up which includes revivals of some modern classics, as well as some fresh new adaptations alongside a sprinkling of new productions. Harvey- Birmingham Rep Already announced to play in the West End, Mary Chase’s comedy about a man with a friendship with a six foot tall rabbit ...

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Our Man In Havana – Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch

Writer: Clive Francis, from the novel by Graham Greene Director: Bob Carlton Reviewer: Michael Gray Havana Mojitos in the bar, Cuban Sandwiches in the café, a Daiquiri recipe in the programme – a very authentic flavour of Cuba for the first Cut to the Chase show of 2014. Graham Greene's comic masterpiece is set in 50s Havana, before Castro and ...

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