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Dealing With Clair  – Orange Tree Theatre, London

Writer: Martin Crimp Director:  Richard Twyman Reviewer:  Richard Maguire It’s an eerie coincidence that in the same week that Martin Crimp’s play about a female estate agent opens at The Orange Tree, the police announce that they have resumed the search for the body of Suzy Lamplugh, the estate agent who disappeared in 1986.  This news adds another layer of ...

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Review: Pericles – National Theatre, London 

Writer: William Shakespeare  Adaptor: Chris Bush  Music: Jim Fortune  Director: Emily Lim  Reviewer: Stephen Bates  Pericles, Prince of Tyre is not William Shakespeare’s best play, nor his best-known play and, according to many scholars, it is not wholly his play at all, but here, in the unlikeliest of circumstances, a case can be made for it being one of his ...

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Prudes – Royal Court, London

Writer and Director: Anthony Neilson Reviewer: Richard Maguire The publicity for Anthony Neilson’s new comedy, Prudes, playing upstairs at the Royal Court, claims that this two-hander is a reaction to the ‘current sexual climate’. Coming after the Weinstein scandal and the #MeToo campaign, Prudes seeks to explore if it is possible to still have sexual desire amidst an atmosphere of remorse ...

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Parliament Square – Bush Theatre, London

Writer: James Fritz Director: Jude Christian Reviewer: Maryam Philpott In the political whirlwind of the last two years, the value of individual protest seems to be even more pertinent than when James Fritz won the Bruntwood Award for Playwriting in 2015. Whether it’s one victim being the first to speak publicly about enduring sexual misconduct that inspires other complainants, or ...

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Parliament Square – The Royal Exchange, Manchester

Writer: James Fritz Director: Jude Christian Reviewer: Jay Nuttall With Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre on the verge of announcing its shortlist for the 2017 Bruntwood Playwrighting Prize, it has taken two years for the fruits of one of the winners from 2015 to grace the main stage. James Fritz’s Parliament Square was, admittedly from the writer himself, hastily written before ...

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Beginning – National Theatre, London

Writer: David Eldridge Director: Polly Findlay Reviewer: Stephen Bates David Eldridge’s new play begins at the end – the end of a drunken flat warming party. Hostess Laura (Justine Mitchell) stands at the door, but the last lingering guest, Danny (Sam Troughton), there as a friend of an acquaintance, declines to exit through it. After the play has progressed over ...

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How My Light Is Spent – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

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Writer: Alan Harris Director: Liz Stevenson Reviewer: Jo Beggs Once a week Jimmy spends nine minutes on a premium-rate phone line to Kitty. As the minutes and his hard-earned cash tick away at £1.20 a minute, Kitty makes him just a bit feel less lonely. Alan Harris’s clever, poignant play reads like an epic poem, its urgent dialogue and scene-setting ...

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The Winter’s Tale  – Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Max Webster Composer: Alasdair Macrae Reviewer: S.E. Webster Spring, summer, autumn, winter.  Whatever the season audiences everywhere will be guaranteed at least one production of a Shakespearean drama. The vogue for transporting Shakespeare to new settings shows no sign of waning. Thus it is on the crest of this particular theatrical wave that Edinburgh’s Royal Lyceum ...

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