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Closer – The Hope Street Theatre, Liverpool

Writer: Patrick Marber Director: Adam McCoy Reviewer Matthew Forrest In 1997 actor/playwriter Patrick Marber was riding the crest of a wave: he had not long since had a prominent role in the comedy classic TV series Knowing Me, Knowing You with Alan Partridge. His debut play, Dealers Choice had just been on an extensive run in the West End. His second ...

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Rebus: Long Shadows – The Opera House Manchester

Writers: Ian Rankin and Rona Munro Director: Robin Lefevre Reviewer: Ruth Gerrard Ian Rankin has treated theatre audiences to a brand new outing for his much loved woebegone detective John Rebus (Charles Lawson). Now retired from the force; this new piece picks up an even more morose, shuffling older figure of a man now with more time on his hands to ...

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Future Bodies- HOME, Manchester 

Writers: Clare Duffy and Abbi Greenland with Helen Goalen, Jon Spooner and Becky Wilkie Directors: Abbi Greenland and Helen Goalen Reviewer: Dave Cunningham According to the lyrics of a song in Future Bodies: ‘The future is coming -and it’s coming hard’; this is not a play where punches are pulled. Future Bodies compels the audience to consider complex intellectual and philosophical ...

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The Prisoner – The Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer and Director: Peter Brook and Marie-Hélène Estienne Reviewer: S.E. Webster Peter Brook, a titan of British theatre, has collaborated once again with Marie-Hélène Estienne to create The Prisoner, which first premiered in Paris earlier this year. With support from the Institut Français and a strong cast, it is disappointing to find that the drama falls flat and far below ...

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Midsummer – The Hub, Edinburgh

Writer: David Greig Composer: Gordon McIntyre Director: Kate Hewitt Reviewer: S.E. Webster A whole decade has passed since acclaimed playwright David Greig’s Midsummer first premiered at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh. Since then the play has toured across the world from New York to Seoul. 2018 now sees this fun, carefree musical theatre production return to the city of its ...

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An Officer and a Gentleman – Bristol Hippodrome

Based on the book by Douglas Day Stewart and Sharleen Cooper Cohen Director: Nikolai Foster Reviewer: Charlotte Vowles It seems surprising that it’s taken this long for the much-loved 80’s film to make its transition to the stage, but when it arrives, the cast spring to action with such impact and energy, it takes a moment for the eyes and ...

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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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Aspects of Love – Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber Lyrics: Don Black and Charles Hart Book: David Garnett Director: Jonathan O'Boyle Reviewer: Sam Lowe Aspects of Love returns to the UK musical scene eight years after the revival production at Menier Chocolate Factory. Now we get to experience a smaller scale and intimate interpretation of this musical. The story is set over a period of ...

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