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Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood – City Varieties, Leeds

Darrell Brockis, Louisa Beadel and Sophie Byrne in Robin Hood

Writer: Peter Rowe Director: Paul Hart Reviewer: Holly Spanner The creative team at The City Varieties are back for another year with their hugely successful Rock N’ Roll Pantomime, this time Robin Hood and Babes in the Wood. Incidentally, it was during the 1941 Christmas production of Babes in the Wood that a woman in the audience famously gave birth! ...

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Pocket Merchant – The Civic, Barnsley

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Edward Hall Reviewer: Ray Taylor Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice is one of his darkest plays, exploring themes of greed, revenge, religion and anti-Semitism, with this is Propeller’s pocket-size version. A cast of six male actors brings the play grippingly to life in one hour, abandoning the minor characters, comedy and superfluous scenes to concentrate on ...

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The Trial of Jane Fonda – The Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

Writer: Terry Jastrow Director: Terry Jastrow Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys It was one of the most controversial photographs of the Vietnam War, a laughing Jane Fonda astride an anti-aircraft gun surrounded by North Vietnamese troops, an image which, four decades later still provokes a vehement reaction from US veterans. Screen-writer Terry Jastrow’s new playThe Trial of Jane Fonda, aims to present ...

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Theatre Royal, Brighton

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Edward Hall Reviewer: Michael Hootman Propeller Theatre’s production of Shakespeare's comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a magnificent, fleet-footed evening of theatrical magic which charms, beguiles and amuses. The performances in this production not only make the text accessible but they bring the characters completely to life. It is a sensational show which leapfrogs from one ...

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The Comedy of Errors – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Edward Hall Reviewer: Edie Ranvier The Comedy of Errors, Shakespeare’s Plautian farce about twins and mistaken identity, has been neatly twinned by all-male theatre company Propeller in a matched pair with A Midsummer Night’s Dream in this, their current tour. But these twin shows, unlike the Dromios and Antipholuses who confuse the action of the play, ...

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Edward Hall Reviewer: Edie Ranvier All-male Shakespeare company Propeller has come to Edinburgh with a brace of the Bard’s earliest comedies: the less-performed Comedy of Errors, and the well-known and well-loved A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a story of love, fairies and chaos. You may know the Dream, but you probably won’t have seen it quite like ...

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The Comedy of Errors – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Edward Hall Reviewer: Malcolm Wallace In the second production of Propellers’ current international tour this all male theatre troupe energetically bring to life Shakespeare’s farcical Comedy of Errors, one of his earliest and most frothy creations. A precursor to modern farce, the Comedy of Errors is a simple tale of mistaken identity involving two sets of ...

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Edward Hall Reviewer: Malcolm Wallace According to the programme "Propeller is an all-male Shakespeare company that mixes a rigorous approach to the text with a modern physical aesthetic", a philosophy that is abundantly evident in this pitch perfect production of the Bard's playful and magical Midsummer Night's Dream. A web of competitive love stories and featuring ...

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