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The Hired Man – Hull Truck Theatre

Book: Melvyn Bragg Music/Lyrics: Howard Goodall Director: Douglas Rintoul Designer: Jean Chan Musical Director: Ben Goddard Reviewer: Ron Simpson Great claims are made for The Hired Man in the publicity for this co-production which has already been well received at the Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch. On this evidence, it’s difficult to accept that it’s the best British musical of the last ...

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Seeing the Lights – Theatre by the Lake, Keswick

Writer: Brendan Murray Director: Stefan Escreet Reviewer: Hannah Piercy The world premiere of Brendan Murray’s family drama is a beautiful thing to watch: a cracking script supported by wonderful performances throughout the cast. Laura Cox as Mum touchingly captures her frailty in every detailed movement: the shuffling walk, the way she gets out of bed, even her mannerisms as she ...

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Rookery Nook – Theatre by the Lake, Keswick

Writer: Ben Travers Director: Ian Forrest Reviewer: Hannah Piercy Ridiculous upper-class accents, servants’ Somerset dialect complete with inability to speak ‘proper’ English, and an offensive German rôle (“a foreigner?!”) are only the most superficial ways in which Rookery Nook is out-dated. However, a packed auditorium frequently bubbling with laughter goes to show this farce is not completely past its sell-by-date ...

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The Comedy of Errors – Theatre by the Lake, Keswick

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Ian Forrest Reviewer: Hannah Piercy Vibrant, bright and full of life: from the moment you enter the auditorium to see a set adorned in all the splendour of a Mediterranean market town, the tone is set for an energetic spin on Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors, a play of double trouble about two sets of twins. Separated ...

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Dracula – Theatre by the Lake, Keswick

Writer: Bram Stoker Adaptor: Liz Lochhead Director: Mary Papadima Reviewer: Hannah Piercy Bram Stoker’s Dracula: the classic vampire novel, complete with stakes, garlic, moonlight, wolves, lonely castles and innocent women. But this production is never in danger of drowning in pantomime fear and overwrought tension. Liz Lochhead’s adaptation instead cleverly laughs at itself, double meanings (“the neighbours are a bit ...

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