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Don Quixote  – Garrick Theatre, London

Writer: Miguel de Cervantes Adaptor: James Fenton Director:  Angus Jackson Reviewer:  Richard Maguire Such a triumph in Stratford-Upon-Avon in 2016, the RSC’s production of Don Quixote now comes to the West End, albeit in a version that strips off 20 minutes from the original running time. Cervantes’ novel is over 1,000 pages long, but poet James Fenton’s adaptation manages to preserve ...

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Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein – Theatre Royal, Newcastle

Book: Mel Brooks & Thomas Meehan Music & Lyrics: Mel Brooks Direction & Choreography: Susan Stroman Reviewer: Mark Clegg It’s been ten years since Mel Brooks debuted his sophomore musical Young Frankenstein on Broadway. Greeted with mixed reviews and living in the shadow of its predecessor The Producers, the musical lasted just over a year before touring the US and ...

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The Miser – Garrick Theatre, London

Writer: Molière Director: Sean Foley Reviewer: Cavelle Leigh This nearly 400-year-old play does all but disappoint. This adaptation of Molière’s comedy The Miser (or L’Avere) is indeed inspired from start to finish. Sean Foley, its director, is unafraid to adapt this piece and openly have fun with it. While some enduring themes prove timeless, Foley is unafraid to alter the script ...

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The Entertainer – The Garrick Theatre, London

Writer: John Osborne Director: Rob Ashford Reviewer: Stephen Bates In his distinguished career, Kenneth Branagh has not strayed for too long from paths trodden by Laurence Olivier before him, perhaps making it inevitable that he would get round one dayto Olivier’s most famous contemporary theatre role, Archie Rice in John Osborne’sThe Entertainer. The play first appeared at London’s Royal Court ...

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Romeo & Juliet – Garrick Theatre, London

Writer:William Shakespeare Directors: Kenneth Branagh and Rob Ashford Reviewer: Niall Harman Harlequinade, a previous production in the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company’s ‘Plays at the Garrick’ season saw two over-the-hill actors attempt to play Romeo and Juliet, with bizarre wigs and hilarious consequences. Once again, the actors in this revival are too old for the parts, something that befalls almost every ...

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The Painkiller – Garrick Theatre, London

The Painkiller At The Garrick Theatre

Writer: Francis Veber Adaptor and Director: Sean Foley Reviewer: Dan English   Kenneth Branagh and Rob Brydon provide a comedy masterclass as Branagh’s Theatre Company opens their new offering, The Painkiller, at London’s Garrick Theatre. Directed by Sean Foley, this adaptation of Francis Veber’s Le Contrat sees Branagh and Brydon star as neighbours in the boutique hotel ‘Maison de Lit’. ...

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Red Velvet – Garrick Theatre, London

Writer: Lolita Chakrabarti Director: Indhu Rubasingham Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Premiering in 2012 as director Indhu Rubasingham’s first programmed work at the Tricycle Theatre, Lolita Chakrabarti’s biography of the first black actor to play Othello on the London stage reaches the West End at a time when issues of race and casting are as prominent as ever. The majority of Chakrabarti’s ...

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Harlequinade/All On Her Own – Garrick Theatre, London

  Writer: Terence Rattigan Director: Kenneth Branagh Reviewer: Maryam Philpott   It’s been eight years since Kenneth Branagh was last in the West End so the decision to form a theatre company and take up a prolonged residency at the Garrick has caused a great deal of excitement. Having been away too long, Branagh is clearly intending to make up ...

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