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The Weatherman – Park Theatre, London

Writer: Eugene O’Hare Director: Alice Hamilton Reviewer: Stephen Bates In the first of his two plays receiving their world premieres at the Park Theatre this year, Eugene O’Hare turns to a retro style of black comedy in order to explore deeply disturbing modern themes. At first glance, The Weatherman appears to be an undisguised homage to Harold Pinter’s 1960 play, ...

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The Barber Shop Chronicles – The National Theatre, London

Writer: Inua Ellams Director: Bijan Sheibani Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Confidant, counsellor, friend and sparring partner, the relationship between a man and his barber is an intimate and long-lasting thing. The traditional barbershop is often at the heart of a community, a rallying point for local men to come, sit, talk and sometimes to even have their hair cut. Inua Ellams ...

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Hamlet – Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford upon Avon

Hamlet at RST

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Simon Godwin Reviewer: Fergus Morgan This is Denmark in name alone. Simon Godwin’s Hamlet, with Paapa Essiedu in the title role, relocates the rotten affairs of the Danish state to an unspecified West African court, where Claudius rules Elsinore like a military dictator and tribal symbolism is mixed with junta-like soldiery throughout. The shift is a ...

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The Absence of War – Theatre Royal, Bath

Writer: David Hare Director: Jeremy Herrin Reviewer: Claire Hayes David Hare’s forensic examination of the recurring electoral misfortunes of the Labour Party, loosely based on events surrounding the 1992 election, ends its 2015 tour with an election week stopover in Bath. Originally staged back in 1993, The Absence of War follows the fortunes of George Jones, a man who has ...

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Absence of War – Citizens Theatre, Glasgow

Writer: David Hare Director: Jeremy Herrin Reviewer: Fraser MacDonald The 2015 election is looming and Glasgow’s Citizens Theatre is celebrating the occasion with a razor sharp political drama which gives us a little insight into what may be gong in behind closed doors. Premiered in 1993 by the National Theatre, Absence of War mirrors in all but names the internal ...

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The Absence Of War – Liverpool Playhouse

Writer: David Hare Director: Jeremy Herrin Reviewer: Clare Howdon   David Hare’s The Absence of War has been resurrected over two decades since its creation and marks the first collaboration between Headlong, Sheffield theatres and Rose Theatre, Kingston. It is also obviously no coincidence that it is touring merely months before one of the UK’s most unpredictable general elections in ...

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The Absence of War – Bristol Old Vic, Bristol

Writer: David Hare Director: Jeremy Herrin Reviewer: Claire Hayes In this election year 2015, many of the themes of David Hare’s The Absence of War are so contemporary, it’s hard to believe this play originally premiered in 1993. A man who has risen to the top of the Labour Party sacrifices the authentic voice which got him there, in order ...

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The Absence of War – Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

Writer: David Hare Director: Jeremy Herrin Reviewer: Sheila Stratford It is the run up to the election and George Jones is the Labour Leader in opposition. We follow him and his immediate campaign team in the gruelling three weeks before the election. George Jones is struggling to get his message across to the people. He is constrained by a hostile ...

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