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Night of the Iguana – Noël Coward Theatre, London

Writer: Tennessee Williams Director: James Mcdonald Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty The thickness of the air around the clifftop veranda feels almost physical in James Mcdonald’s production of this hot, sticky, sometimes disturbing, always intriguing play. Trapped in a Mexican rainforest at a tin-roofed collection of shacks trying to be a hotel where people can run to when their problems get overwhelming, ...

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Pack of Lies – Menier Chocolate Factory, London

Writer: Hugh Whitemore Director: Hannah Chissick Reviewer: Stephen Bates Recent events in Salisbury have brought back the chill of the Cold War, making this revival of Hugh Whitemore’s 1983 play particularly timely and, with the Menier’s air-conditioning on a high setting, the audience feels that chill too. Pack of Lies is based on the real-life Portland Spy Ring affair of ...

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Dangerous Corner, Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent

Writer: J.B Priestly Director: Michael Attenborough Reviewer: Matthew Bagnall   “Life’s got a lot of dangerous corners hasn’t it?” And so it proves in the UK tour of J.B Priestley’s first play. Priestly, perhaps most recognised for his play An Inspector Calls captures the audiences interest in another complex mystery, as we join seven upper class individuals facing the battle ...

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Dangerous Corner – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Writer: J. B. Priestley Director: Michael Attenborough Reviewer: Selwyn Knight The concept of time and theories of how it might not be linear but twisted and branching fascinated J. B. Priestley, and he wrote several ‘Time Plays’, of which Dangerous Corner is one example. The concept here is of a pivotal point at which events can take radically different routes. ...

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Dangerous Corner – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Author: J.B.Priestley Director: Michael Attenborough Reviewer: Bill Avenell The set is impressive, the music atmospheric, the costumes in period, the opening moments arresting, the acting good, the direction slick. So what is it about Dangerous Corner that allows this production of Priestley’s well known 1930’s play to just miss its mark? Perhaps it is that some of the content (the ...

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Volcano – Theatre Royal, Brighton

Writer: Noel Coward Director: Roy Marsden Reviewer: Jenni Dixon [Rating: 3]   Despite being written back in 1956, Volcano was never performed in Coward’s lifetime, until now. Adela Shelly (Jenny Seagrove) runs a banana plantation on the side of a volcano mountain on a Caribbean island. Her husband died some years ago and she is left to quietly tend her ...

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Volcano – Oxford Playhouse

Writer: Noel Coward Director: Roy Marsden Reviewer: Mary Tapper [Rating:3] Noel Coward wrote Volcano in 1956 but it has never been performed before this touring production. So, is Volcano a fiery play, full of passion and wit, worthy of its name or a rather damp squib of a play that disappoints? The play tells a tale of adultery and betrayal, ...

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Volcano – Arts Theatre, Cambridge

Writer: Noel Coward Director: Roy Marsden Reviewer: Rosie Wheat [rating: 4]   Despite the tropical set, the musical birds and the constant rumblings of an ominous volcano, Noel Coward’s play still remains utterly British. The mind is so tricked by the brittle conversations and repressed sexual desire, it is difficult to accept the palm tree is not a grandfather clock, ...

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