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Anna – National Theatre, London

Writer: Ella Hickson Director: Natalie Abrahami Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Hollywood versions of East Berlin at the height of the Cold War would suggest that it was a slum city, a crumbling ghetto ruled by jackboot. In Anna, a creation of writer Ella Hickson and sound designers Ben and Max Ringham, we see a very different version of the city. Set ...

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Wendy and Peter Pan – The Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh

Adapted by Ella Hickson from the book by J.M Barrie Directed by Elanor Rhode Reviewer: Dominic Corr Fantastical literary classics usually sit in the epicentre of festive cheer. From pantomime to nativities and stage adaptations of the likes of Alice in Wonderland or Narnia. One boy, who chased his shadow through London and back to Neverland flies above the rest. ...

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Precious Little Talent – Orange Tree Theatre, London

Writer: Ella Hickson Director: Dominique Chapman Reviewer: Richard Maguire If the directors taking part in the Directors’ Festival at The Orange Tree are the future of theatre, then we can expect some exciting times ahead. In the hands of Dominique Chapman, Precious Little Talent, a fast, fast-talking comedy about transatlantic relations, shines as bright as New York’s Chrysler Building.  On a rooftop in the city that never sleeps, 19-year-old Sam meets, improbably, an ...

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Merlin – Nuffield Theatre, Southampton

The cast of Merlin at Southampton's Nuffield Theatre

Writer: Ella Hickson Director: Liam Steel Reviewer: David Jobson   Who says libraries aren’t fun? This production company doesn’t think so in the Nuffield’s latest offering for the festive season, Merlin. Among the towering walls of bookshelves, the show is staged by a group of bespectacled, tweed-jacket-wearing librarians. An odd choice, but soon the level of imagination in Ella Hickson’s ...

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Wendy & Peter Pan – Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

The RSC production of Wendy and Peter Pan

Writer: J M Barrie Adaptor: Ella Hickson Director: Jonathan Munby Reviewer: Fergus Morgan   It is difficult not to love a play that features swordfights, crocodiles, fairies and pirates. And it is difficult not to love a show that features actors soaring high above the crowd and an enormous pirate ship rolling across the stage, complete with mast and rigging. ...

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Merlin – Royal and Derngate, Northampton

Writer: Ella Hickson Music: Jon Nicholls Director: Liam Steel Reviewer: Natasha Hegarty This original play has been co-produced by the Royal and Derngate as part of their Made in Northampton programme. Director Liam Steel, who is responsible for all the musical staging and choreography for the film adaptation of Les Miserables, takes on a classic tale of fantasy, adventure and ...

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Symphony – Soho Theatre Downstairs, London

Writers: Ella Hickson, Nick Payne, Tom Wells Director: Joe Murphy Reviewer: Alex Ramon Pitched between play and gig, yet not quite offering the satisfactions of either, nabokov’s three- parter Symphony combines music and story-telling in a brisk, fitfully exciting but ultimately not entirely successful one hour package. First seen in 2012, and subsequently a hit at the Edinburgh Festival, the ...

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Symphony – Assembly George Square Gardens, Edinburgh

Writers: Ella Hickson, Nick Payne and Tom Wells Director: Joe Murphy Reviewer: Marina Spark Three of the most respected contemporary writers in the UK today have joined forces with nabokov to marry the experience of being at a live gig with watching three short plays. The concept is interesting, however, the results are a little weak. The four actor-musicians are ...

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