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101 Dalmatians – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Writer: Debbie Isitt from the book by Dodie Smith Director: Tessa Walker Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Although Dodie Smith was already a successful playwright and novelist, it was probably the Disney adaptation of her 1956 children’s novel, The Hundred and One Dalmatians that brought her work to the wider public eye. The story of the evil Cruella de Vil stealing Dalmatian ...

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Julius Caesar – The Crucible, Sheffield

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Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Robert Hastie Reviewer: Janet Jepson Even for those who were unaware of the fate that befalls Julius Caesar, this production of Shakespeare’s well-known political drama was from the outset not going to be a jolly little jaunt. As the guy in the dark suit stood in front of the large polished table and opened a sombre ...

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Wuthering Heights – Ambassadors Theatre, London

  Writer: Emily Bronte Adaptor: Stephanie Street Director: Emily Lim Reviewer: Ann Bawtree   The choice of Emily Bronte’s novel Wuthering Heights as the basis for a play is ambitious but understandable. The subject matter of unrequited and doomed love is well suited to the age of members of the splendid National Youth Theatre. This is indeed an organisation to ...

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Mrs. Roosevelt Flies to London – Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

Writer: Alison Skilbeck Director: Lucy Skilbeck Company: Hint of Lime Productions Reviewer: Ron Simpson In October 1942 Eleanor Roosevelt flew to Britain for an extended visit in which she paid morale-boosting visits to American troops, met the Royal Family and major politicians of all parties, saw for herself how Britain was coping and generally spread the message of support from ...

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Cat On A Hot Tin Roof – Royal & Derngate, Northampton

Writer: Tennessee Williams Director: James Dacre Reviewer: Kevin Evans First performed in 1955 and prestigious winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, is widely regarded as Tennessee Williams’ finest play; indeed many might say it is one of the best of the 20th Century. It tells the story of the strife within a Mississippi ...

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Mrs Roosevelt Flies to London – The New Theatre, Dublin

Director: Lucy Skilbeck Writer: Alison Skilbeck Reviewer: Westley Barnes As the Cuban Missile Crisis threatens a worldview which she fought so fearlessly in creating, that of peace and international unity in the face of social upheaval, Eleanor Roosevelt, the “first Lady of The World”, recounts the most triumphal and testing moments of her life. Alison Skilbeck’s Eleanor is a captivating ...

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Pests – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Writer: Vivienne Franzmann Director: Lucy Morrison Reviewer: Stephen M Hornby Pests is a journey through the troubled and traumatised lives of two women who despite the horrors of much of what they have suffered and some of what they have done, keep trying to start again and keep caring about each other. The play takes place in a wonderfully evocative ...

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