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Dracula – New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme

Writer: Bram Stoker Director and Adaptor: Theresa Heskins Reviewer: Matthew Bagnall “You have the vampire’s blood!” Halloween has come early in Newcastle-under-Lyme. The New Vic Theatre have excelled with their adaptation of Bram Stoker’s classic Dracula. Directing her first production since the highly acclaimed run of The Borrowers, Theresa Heskins intelligently combines a multitude of creative ideas from live sound ...

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She Stoops to Conquer – Playhouse Theatre, Liverpool

Writer: Oliver Goldsmith Director: Conrad Nelson Reviewer: Jamie Gaskin   We all know that the path of true love does not run smoothly. But in Oliver Goldsmith’s case it is dented by deceit, pockmarked with potholes of pretence and gives its travellers a massive green-light to over-act their socks off. Northern Broadsides offers us a bomb-burst of colour, confusion and ...

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She Stoops To Conquer – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Oliver Goldsmith Music: Rebekah Hughes Director: Conrad Nelson Reviewer: Ruth Jepson Northern Broadsides are one of those theatre companies that you expect great things of. Established in just 1992, they have made a name for themselves with their Shakespeare, humour and ability to make dense classics accessible to a modern audience. Unfortunately with She Stoops to Conquer, they’ve slightly ...

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She Stoops to Conquer – Theatre Royal, Winchester

Author: Oliver Goldsmith Director: Conrad Nelson Reviewer: Ann Bawtree Since its formation the Northern Broadsides Company has dedicated itself to presenting classic theatre to the modern audience so Oliver Goldsmith’s She Stoops to Conquer fits their aims one hundred per cent. First performed in 1773 and possibly the best known of the author’s works, it has been a staple of ...

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She Stoops to Conquer – Viaduct Theatre, Halifax

Writer: Oliver Goldsmith Director: Conrad Nelson Musical Director: Rebekah Hughes Reviewer: Audrey Pointer Oliver Goldsmith’s She Stoops to Conquer is a rarity, being a humorous play of the 18th century still regularly performed today. It’s an obvious choice for award-winning company Northern Broadsides, with their avowed intent to breathe new life into classical texts. At home in Liberty Hall, Mr. ...

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An August Bank Holiday Lark – Playhouse Theatre, Liverpool

Writer: Deborah McAndrew Director: Barrie Rutter Reviewer: Jamie Gaskin   It is widely accepted that a funeral or similar should be used to celebrate the life of someone rather than mourn their passing. So it is with Deborah McAndrew’s delightful An August Bank Holiday Lark set in a Lancashire mill town where talk of volunteering for World War 1 is ...

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An August Bank Holiday Lark – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Deborah McAndrew Music: Conrad Nelson Director: Barrie Rutter Reviewer: Sue Collier It is 1914. Everyone has stopped working at the mill and they are excitedly preparing for ‘Wakes Week’, the celebration of the Rushbearing Festival. The local Morris Dancing team are rehearsing for their parade through the village and the Rush Wagon is piled high with cut reeds, on ...

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