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Fences – Duchess Theatre, London

Writer: August Wilson Director: Paulette Randall Reviewer: Harry Stern [rating:3.5] It is only when Lenny Henry leaves the stage of this absorbing drama of an extended family, living and loving in the Pittsburg of second half of the last century, that you realise the extent of the intensity and raw power of his performance. While he is present he dominates ...

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Fences – Oxford Playhouse

Writer: August Wilson Director: Paulette Randall Reviewer: Mary Tapper [Rating:4] In 2009 Lenny Henry appeared as Othello in a Northern Broadsides production, to widespread critical acclaim, and it is fair to say that since then he has never looked back. 2012 saw him appearing in The Comedy of Errors at The National Theatre and here he is branching out to ...

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Fences – Milton Keynes Theatre

Writer: August Wilson Director: Paulette Randall Reviewer: Maggie Constable [rating:3.5] Recently very much a part of the Comic Relief Red Nose Day fundraising fun, Lenny Henry has also been seen on the West End stage in Othello, a rôle he performed with great presence and utter believability. In Fences, Theatre Royal Bath’s production at Milton Keynes this week, he takes ...

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Fences – Richmond Theatre, London

Writer: August Wilson Director: Paulette Randall Reviewer: Agnes Frimston [rating:2.5] Troy Maxson, the protagonist of August Wilson’s ‘Fences’, tells his sons to take “the crooked with the straights” continuously throughout the play, and it’s a phrase the audience should take to heart too. Set in 1950s Pittsburgh, this 1983 play is about Troy, a 53 year old struggling to make ...

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