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Matilda the Musical – Birmingham Hippodrome

Book: Dennis Kelly, from the book by Roald Dahl Music and Lyrics: Tim Minchin Director: Matthew Warchus Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Matilda Wormwood is a precocious, intelligent, imaginative and resilient girl with a strong sense of what is right.  By the age of five, she has taught herself the three Rs and has read many of the classics. Yet in a world where ...

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Matilda the Musical – Milton Keynes Theatre

Author: Roald Dahl Book: Dennis Kelly Music and Lyrics: Tim Minchin Director: Matthew Warchus Reviewer: Maggie Constable The Royal Shakespeare Company’s multi-award-winning Matilda The Musical has arrived in Milton Keynes this week, it has been long anticipated and will play for almost a month. Roald Dahl’s 1988 novel is a well known and much loved one which has been given that special treatment by ...

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Debris – Smock Alley, Dublin

Writer: Dennis Kelly Director: Cathal Cleary Reviewer: Laura Marriott   It is very unusual that one sees a theatre production that is truly unique, however Reality Check’s opening night of Debris, at Smock Alley Theatre, really was a one-of-a-kind night of entertainment. Debris has a powerful opening. Shane O’Regan, playing the sixteen year old Michael, takes to the stage and ...

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DNA – The STUDIO, Birmingham REP

Writer: Dennis Kelly Director: Tom Saunders Reviewer: John Kennedy A disparate cohort of teenagers participates in a danger-dare game that goes fatally wrong for Adam. The enigmatic Phil contrives a collective alibi that works desperately too well when an innocent man is charged with Adam’s abduction. He is doomed by DNA: complicit 'evidence' one of them inventively plants on his ...

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Pinocchio – National Theatre, London

Writer: Dennis Kelly Director: John Tiffany Reviewer: Richard Maguire The National’s Christmas show Pinocchio is a hybrid affair with The Fox and The Coachman played as old-fashioned pantomime villains while slickly choreographed numbers are straight out of a West End musical. But despite the cast’s best efforts, it’s the wooden actors who steal the show here. The puppet creations designed ...

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DNA – New Wolsey Theatre Studio, Ipswich

Writer: Dennis Kelly Director: Rob Salmon Reviewer: Paul Couch What happens when our behaviour spirals out of control? Do we try to arrest it and risk making matters worse, or do we let it freefall in the hope that the end result won’t be as bad as we initially feared? When you're trying to plug multiple holes in a dyke, ...

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Our Teacher’s a Troll – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Dennis Kelly Director: George Perrin Reviewer: Luke Walker Something akin to a spaceship lands outside The Lowry. New writing specialists Paines Plough's Roundabout pop-up theatre is on the road throughout 2015 showcasing pared down, story-driven new writing at its very best. And it is wonderful to see this piece of children's theatre is not the poor relation. Fresh from ...

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NEWS: Two winners for inaugural Theatre 503 Playwriting Award

New writing is the lifeblood of theatre and few venues have done more to encourage its flow in recent years than Battersea's small Theatre 503. Stepping up their efforts in this area, the theatre has introduced a new Award for Playwriting and Stephen Bates went along to Jerwood Space to witness the presentation ceremony. Around 1,600 entries from 41 countries ...

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