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Devil With the Blue Dress – Bunker Theatre, London

Writer: Kevin Armento Director: Joshua McTaggart Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Plays that explicitly draw attention to the fact that they are plays, where characters explicitly talk to the audience about the artifice of theatre, can be tricky beasts to pull off. Such a mechanism can betray a lack of confidence in the audience: despite sitting in the dark, watching actors play ...

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Arcadia – New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Writer: Tom Stoppard Director: Blanche McIntyre Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Plenty of hyperbole surrounds Tom Stoppard’s play, Arcadia. Having won the 1993 Olivier Award for Best New Play, it went on to be nominated for Tonys and even made the Royal Institution’s shortlist for the best science book ever written, losing out on that occasion to Primo Levi’s The Periodic Table. ...

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Arcadia – Hall For Cornwall, Truro

Writer: Tom Stoppard Director: Blanche McIntyre Reviewer: Jess Rowe “The future is disorder… It’s the best possible time to be alive, when almost everything you thought you knew is wrong.” No greater words could sum up English Touring Theatre and Theatre Royal Brighton’s UK tour of Arcadia, where incorrect assumptions and their humorously chaotic outcomes for the characters are readily ...

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Arcadia – Aylesbury Waterside

Writer: Tom Stoppard Director: Blanche McIntyre Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Tom Stoppard’s most popular play came fourth in a recent English Touring Theatre poll to find the nation’s most famous play, so it unsurprising to see the company touring this revival. Set in a Derbyshire stately home, action starts in the early 19th Century, with the precocious 13-year-old Thomasina (Dakota Blue ...

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Arcadia – Theatre Royal, Brighton

Writer: Tom Stopppard Director: Blanche McIntyre Reviewer: Michael Hootman To say that Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia is a play of ideas would be to understate the case. Ideas bounce about the stage in a steady profusion: from free will to chaos theory, to the heat death of the universe, to the very meaning of life (“it’s wanting to know that makes ...

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In the Next Room, or The Vibrator Play – St James Theatre, London

Writer: Sarah Ruhl Director: Laurence Boswell Reviewer: David Ralf [rating:3] The title In the Next Room, or The Vibrator Play is a marketing department’s (wet) dream – the coy ‘in the next room’, which refers to the practicing room in the house of Dr Givings, the inventor of the electrical vibrator which he uses to treat ‘hysteria’ in female patients, ...

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Doonreagan – Jermyn Street Theatre, London

Writer: Ann Henning Jocelyn Director: Alex Dmitriev Reviewer: Georgina Newman [rating:3] ‘Doonreagan – a private domain of Ted Hughes’. The world premiere of Ann Henning Jocelyn’s new play, directed by Alex Dmitriev, takes shape at Jermyn Street Theatre. Doonreagan explores the nature of the relationship between poet Ted Hughes and his married lover Assia Wevill during their brief stay in ...

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Good Grief- Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Writer: Keith Waterhouse Director: Tom Littler Reviewer: Nathanael Kent [rating:3]   It is rare for actors to return to a rôle they have previously played, especially in a different production, but Penelope Keith has done just that in this new revival of Keith Waterhouse’s play, based on his novel of the same name, Good Grief. June Pepper (Keith) is a ...

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