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Educating Rita – Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch

Writer: Willy Russell Director: Rosalind Philips Reviewer: Michael Gray Willy Russell's classic two-hander, Educating Rita, is revised - “revitalised” according to the publicity – in this production at the Queen's Theatre Hornchurch. Two things set it apart: the stage is extended into the auditorium, with the audience on three sides of Frank's untidy university study. And the action has been ...

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Much Ado About Nothing – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Pia Furtado Composer: Rebecca Applin Reviewer: Michael Gray No hint of the romance or sunshine of Messina here. We're in the spartan canteen of a British regiment – motto Perfer et Obdura. There's a telly in the corner, a servery, tables for mess and for ping-pong. A chorus of Homeward Bound and Don Pedro marches his ...

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Hatched ’n’ Dispatched – Park Theatre, London

Writers: Gemma Page and Michael Kirk Director: Michael Kirk Reviewer: Stephen Bates   Mantovani, Russ Conway and Lonnie Donegan playing on the gramophone (as well as Cliff Richard), floral paper on all the walls, ladies appearing in flared skirts and nylon stockings - we are back in 1959. This new play by Gemma Page and Michael Kirk is packed with ...

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Noises Off – Leeds Grand Theatre and Opera House

Writer: Michael Frayn Director: Lindsay Posner Reviewer: Audrey Pointer [rating:5] Famously featuring a play within a play, Michael Frayn's Noises Off is an award-winning farce in three parts - all three parts are entitled Act One in the programme (which is itself a programme within a programme). This production of Michael Frayn’s astonishingly well-crafted comedy classic is on tour from ...

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Noises Off – New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Writer: Michael Frayn Director: Lindsey Posner Reviewer: Selwyn Knight [rating:4.5] The concept of Noises Off grew from a one act play, Exits. The idea germinated in 1970 when Michael Frayn reportedly watched a play from the wings and found the shenanigans going on backstage to be rather more entertaining than the play seen by the audience. The original production of ...

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Noises Off – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Michael Frayn Director: Lindsay Posner Reviewer: Matthew Nichols [Rating:5] It was Edward Gordon Craig who declared that, “farce is the essential theatre.” He might well be right. Now established as an almost heritage theatre form, farce appears to belong to a bygone era; a time of four doors, a telephone, sexual misdemeanour and confusion over names. When done correctly ...

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Noises Off – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Writer: Michael Frayn Director: Lindsay Posner Reviewer: Barbara Michaels [Rating:4] Michael Frayn’s multi-award winning comedy is a riotous double act that could be described as two for the price of one. First performed in 1982, and brought up to date by Frayn in 2000, Noises Off is a play within a play, with programme notes for both. Complicated? Yes – ...

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