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The Crucible – Storyhouse, Chester

Writer: Arthur Miller Director: Geraldine Alexander Reviewer: Taylor Simmons  The Crucible, Arthur Miller’s 1953 play set in Salem Massachusetts, tells the story of the 1692 Salem Witch trials.  Embedded in its original 17th-century setting, the realities of Puritan society are realised in Storyhouse's latest production and, with it, the atmosphere of a claustrophobic paranoid fractured community. Geraldine Alexander’s vision is ...

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Our Country’s Good – Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

Writer: Timberlake Wertenbaker Director: Fiona Buffini Designer: Neil Murray Reviewer: Charlotte Broadbent In 2014 five dynamic and distinct theatre companies collaborated to create a ground-breaking production of The Threepenny Opera. No one had predicted that the success of this venture would see the collective invite two more organisations to join the fray. Thus Ramps on the Moon consortium was born, ...

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The York Realist – Crucible, Sheffield

Writer: Peter Gill Director: Robert Hastie Reviewer: Sheila Stratford This warm yet poignant play is full of ambiguities. Peter Gill’s The York Realist explores the love story between a young theatre director up from London to assist in the staging of the York Mystery Plays, and a Yorkshire agriculture worker. This one-set play takes the audience back to a rural ...

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Desire Under the Elms – Crucible, Sheffield

Writer: Eugene O’Neill Director: Sam Yates Designer: Chiara Stephenson Reviewer: Sheila Stratford Desire Under the Elms is a powerful and moving play. The highly acclaimed American playwright Eugene O’Neill wrote this play in 1924. He was strongly influenced by Greek tragedy which impacted on his work. During his lifetime, he won four Pulitzer prizes and the Nobel prize for literature. ...

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Camelot: The Shining City – Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

Writer: James Phillips Composer: Heather Fenoughty Director: Alan Lane Movement Director: Lucy Hind Reviewer: Sheila Stratford Camelot: The Shining City is a modern reworking of the Arthurian legends exploring nationhood and a contemporary people's movement. It is a spectacle of open air theatre with pyrotechnics, riots, sword fighting and battle scenes. Playwright James Phillips says “the play is about how ...

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Twelfth Night – Crucible, Sheffield

Writer: William Shakespeare Music: Grant Olding Director: Jonathan Munby Reviewer: Ruth Jepson “If music be the food of love…” There can’t be a member of the theatre-going public who isn't able tocomplete that quote, and it’s one that English Touring Theatre have taken to heart in their production of Twelfth Night. Through piano melodies and acoustic guitars Shakespeare’s most famous ...

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Oliver ! – The Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

Writer: Charles Dickens Book, Music and Lyrics: Lionel Bart Director: Daniel Evans Reviewer: Sheila Stratford Not to be missed this festive season is the musical Oliver! by Lionel Bart. This exuberant performance has the audience captivated from the opening scenes, when thirty children raise the roof singing Food Glorious Food. The cruelty of life in a Victorian workhouse is exposed ...

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My Fair Lady – Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

Book and Lyrics: Alan Jay Lerner Music: Frederick Loewe Director: Daniel Evans Designer: Paul Willis Choreographer: Alistair David Reviewer: Rosie Revell [Rating:5] Since its premiere in 1956 this well-loved, often staged, story has been called the “musical of musicals”; a true Broadway classic. After numerous tours, international productions and a lavish 1964 film adaptation starring Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison ...

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