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Still Alice – Liverpool Playhouse

Writer:  Lisa Genova Adaptor: Christine Mary Dunford Director: David Grindley Reviewer: James Eves ‘While I may not remember this, I hope the reason for doing it is something that is remembered.’ These words echo as Still Alice follows the mental decline of Alice Howland, a successful Harvard University professor, as she is diagnosed and suffers from a form of Alzheimer’s disease, as ...

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Still Alice – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: Christine Mary Dunford (adapted from the book by Lisa Genova) Director: David Grindley Reviewer: Joan Phillips Dementia can seem one of nature's cruelest conditions. Young on-set Alzheimer's is even more vicious. Lisa Genova's book Still Alice, published in 2007, was first adapted for the stage by Christine Mary Dunford before it was then made into an academy award winning ...

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Still Alice – Yvonne Arnaud, Guildford

Writer: Lisa Genova Adaptor: Christine Mary Dunford Director: David Grindley Reviewer: Alice Fowler Alice and John Howland are a high achieving professional couple, both academics at Harvard University. Does Alice have the edge intellectually? Perhaps. But 50-year-old Alice is starting to forget words – nothing serious, and it’s probably just the menopause. Then she begins to forget other things too: ...

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Still Alice – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Adaptation: Christine Mary Dunford from the book by Lisa Genova Director: David Grindley Reviewer: Dominic Corr Faithfully capturing Lisa Genova’s novel, Christine Mary Dunford’s adaptation of Still Alice continues to show the comprehensive empathy surrounding early on-set Alzheimer’s. A serial narrative, flowing through the discoveries of diagnosis, to the eventual succumbing to fractured memories. Strung together with a dual-performance from ...

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Sherlock Holmes – The Final Curtain- The Opera House, Manchester

Writer: Simon Reade after Arthur Conan Doyle Director: David Grindley Reviewer: Dave Cunningham  Sherlock Holmes has been revived and re-imagined so many times finding a new twist must be a challenge. For Sherlock Holmes – The Final Curtain writer Simon Reade steps outside fiction to take inspiration from Arthur Conan Doyle’s real-life belief in spiritualism. However, bearing in mind the very flat ...

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Sherlock Holmes: The Final Curtain – Theatre Royal, Nottingham

Writer: Simon Reade Director: David Grindley Reviewer: Dave Smith Sherlock Holmes apparently holds the Guinness World Record for the most portrayed literary human character on film and television. He may not be such a regular on stage but, nonetheless, you still have a lot of preconceptions and iconic portrayals to deal with, especially if you’re trying to do something new ...

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Sherlock Holmes: The Final Curtain – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Simon Reade Director: David Grindley Reviewer: Gareth Davies If restless spirits are detected around Edinburgh's King's Theatre this week, they could reasonably be ascribed to the tormented soul of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle gyrating in his grave in horror at this latest incarnation of his literary creation. Taking Doyle's famous infatuation was spiritualism towards the end of his life ...

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Still Alice – The West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Based on the novel by: Lisa Genova Adapter: Christine Mary Dunford Director: David Grindley Reviewer: Jay Nuttall One of the most intriguing and appealing things about theatre and live performance is its ephemeral quality - its transient, short-term nature that is here one minute, and gone the next. So it is no accident that Lisa Genova's best selling novel Still ...

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