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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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The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet – Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Kayleigh Hawkins Reviewer: Matthew Forrest It is 24 years since my first introduction to the works of William Shakespeare; ironically enough it was this very play that first brought me to ‘The Bard’. It was an especially malevolent English teacher that forced me to read the part of Romeo during the balcony scene:  a quite unremarkable ...

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The Big I Am – Everyman Theatre, Liverpool

Writer: Henrik Ibsen Adaptor: Robert Farquhar Director: Nick Bagnall It would fair to say we have all encountered someone like Peer Gynt at some point in our life: bold, brash, cocky, a charmer, and chancer, who can equally talk is way out of a scrape as he could adeptly talk himself into one. He is the sort of person you ...

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