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The Verdict – Darlington Hippodrome

Based on the book by Barry Reed Adapted for the stage by Margaret May Hobbs Director: Michael Lunney Reviewer: Mark Clegg Based on Barry Reed’s 1980 best-selling novel, this newly adapted version of The Verdict is the first time the story has been dramatized since the 1982 Paul Newman-starring movie. Featuring a failing, drunken lawyer finding a new lease of ...

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The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde – The Majestic Theatre, Darlington

Writer & Director: Nick Lane Based on the novella by:  Robert Louis Stevenson Reviewer: Mark Clegg Despite the titular character(s) being thoroughly ingrained in popular culture, and the phrase “Jekyll & Hyde” entering common parlance as a way of describing someone displaying erratic behaviour, it’s surprising how few people are familiar with the actual story of Robert Louis Stevenson’s most ...

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News: Canine Star needed for Of Mice And Men

Dudley Sutton in Of Mice And Men

Potential canine stars are being sought to appear in The Touring Consortium and Birmingham Repertory Theatre’s new touring production of Of Mice And Men. Badger, the previous dog to play Candy’s Dog died just before rehearsals began so a new dog is being sought to step into the role. No previous acting experience is required and the dog will be ...

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Calamity Jane – Civic Theatre, Darlington

Writer: Charles K Freeman Music: Sammy Fain Lyrics: Paul Francis Webster Director: Nikolai Foster Reviewer: Lindsay Sykes Calamity Jane whip cracks her way into Darlington this week. On the face of it, Calamity Jane shouldn’t be a heroine. ‘Careless with the Truth’ and a stranger to a bar of soap, she is petulant, has tantrums, is obsessive and has jealous ...

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A Mad World My Masters – Civic Theatre, Darlington

Writer: Thomas Middleton Musical Director: Candida Caldicot Director: Sean Foley Designer: Alice Power Reviewer: Charlotte Broadbent It’s always a pleasure when the English Touring Theatre comes to town and their latest production of Thomas Middleton’s A Mad World my Masters only furthers the company’s growing reputation. Set in 1950’s Soho director Sean Foley has found an appropriate home for this ...

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A View From The Bridge – Civic Theatre, Darlington

Writer: Arthur Miller Director: Stephen Unwin Reviewer: Lindsay Sykes A View from the Bridge is currently undergoing a major revival, with the multi nominated, award winning version playing at the National Theatre. This version from the Touring Consortium Theatre Company is (thanks to the Arts Council) showing at the Darlington Civic and six other regional theatres; and if it hasn’t ...

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Birdsong – Civic Theatre, Darlington

Writer: Rachel Wagstaff Novel: Sebastian Faulks. Director: Alastair Whatley Reviewer: Charlotte Broadbent Rachel Wagstaff has undertaken the monumental task of adapting Sebastian Faulks’ classic Birdsong. Faulks himself says that the book was “written with no thought for dramatic or cinematic adaptations.” It is a hefty volume, covering many years and three generations. As one of the best loved books written ...

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Return To The Forbidden Planet – Civic Theatre, Darlington

Writer &Director: Bob Carlton Reviewer: Lindsay Sykes Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Return To The Forbidden Planet, the anniversary tour arrives at Darlington this week. And what a celebration it is. Billed as Shakespeare’s ‘forgotten rock n roll masterpiece’, Return to the Forbidden Planet has roots with The Tempest. Futuristically set on a spaceship under the command of pipe smoking ...

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