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Half Life – Ustinov Studio, Theatre Royal, Bath

Writer: John Mighton Director: Nancy Meckler Reviewer: Claire Hayes When memories fade, what is there left of us? John Mighton’s play examines issues of memory and identity; how reality blurs with age, the balance shifts and we become more diminished by what we have forgotten than defined by our recall of the past. It’s a subject matter that reflects the ...

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Theatre Royal, Bath

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Laurence Boswell Reviewer: Claire Hayes Blue-daubed fairies prance and writhe, furious lovers claw and fight under a huge forest moon as one of Shakespeare’s best-loved comedies – the one so many of us cut our teeth on at school – is given a captivatingly contemporary and imaginative treatment in this new production from the Theatre Royal ...

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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof – Theatr Clywd, Mold

Catrin Stewart as Maggie in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at Theatr Clwyd

Writer: Tennessee Williams Director: Robert Hastie Reviewer: Charlie Senate   Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof opened on Broadway in 1955 to sterling reviews and won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama later that year. On considering his body of writing, Williams declared Cat the “closest to being both a work of art and a work of craft.” It ...

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Brave New World – Wolverhampton Grand Theatre

Writer: Aldous Huxley Adaptor: Dawn King Director: James Dacre Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Imagine a world in which everyone is happy all the time under the benevolent eye of the State. Sounds Utopian, yes? But what if all that were achieved by genetically modifying and conditioning citizens to fit in, if strong emotions were banned because of their impact, if everyone ...

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Brave New World – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Aldous Huxley Adaptation: Dawn King Director: James Dacre Reviewer: Dominic Corr It should, perhaps, worry some that a piece of satirical literature from the 1930’s manages to maintain its place as satire, but also draw legitimate parallels with our own 21st century lifestyles. Humorous references to monogamy and over-indulgence may still reverberate, but the production’s revitalised treatment for the ...

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Beauty and the Beast – Young Vic, London

Director: Phelim McDermott Reviewer: Harry Stern [rating:3.5] Despite a healthy disdain for political correctness and an attempt to wring humour out of a fable that gives itself easily to levity, despite an abandonment of restraint and ordinary sexual propriety, this wonderfully imaginative, witty and sexy production has an essential seriousness. For eighty minutes the Perrault fairy tale becomes a vehicle ...

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Monkey Bars – Liverpool Playhouse

Writer: Chris Goode Director: Chris Goode Reviewer: May Mellstrom [Rating:4] “What is up with our generation?” asks a character in Chris Goode’s innovative play Monkey Bars. You may ordinarily expect the question to come from a disaffected adult but Monkey Bars is no ordinary play. Instead the query is that of a schoolboy and this is just one of many ...

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Blue Remembered Hills – The Derby Theatre

Writer: Dennis Potter Director: Psyche Stott Reviewer: James Garrington [rating:4] Dennis Potter is perhaps is most famous, notorious even, for the television series he wrote, and which were broadcast in the 1970s and 80s. Many people will remember The Singing Detective, and Pennies from Heaven. Also famously broadcast were Blackeyes and Lipstick on your Collar. Much of Potter’s work has ...

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