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The Mousetrap – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Writer: Agatha Christie Director: Gareth Armstrong Reviewer: Alice Fowler How well can you really know someone? Is everyone, in fact, a stranger? And what do you do when you find yourself cut off in an eccentric country guesthouse and learn there is a murderer in your midst? Such questions have thrilled and provoked Mousetrap audiences since 1952. It is, famously, ...

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Catch 22 – Richmond Theatre, London

Writer: Joseph Heller Director: Rachel Chavkin Reviewer:Andy Moseley This should have been so good. An iconic novel brought to the UK stage for the first time, with an adaptation by the author and a production by one of the most creative and talented companies in the country. So why, in spite of all the promise, does it only merit three ...

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Catch-22 – Oxford Playhouse

Writer: Joseph Heller Director: Rachel Chavkin Reviewer: Fergus Morgan On the initial publication of Joseph Heller’s satirical masterpiecein 1961, the New York Herald Tribune hailed Catch-22 as ‘a wild, moving, shocking, hilarious, raging, exhilarating, giant roller-coaster of a book’. Much of the same could be said of Heller’s own stage adaptation, currently on tour with Northern Stage at the Oxford ...

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Catch 22 – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Writer: Joseph Heller Director: Rachel Chavkin Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Joseph Heller served in World War II, flying sixty bombing missions in 1944. It took him until 1953 to be able to write about his experiences and the feelings of those serving, and his debut novel, Catch-22, was published in 1961 to a mixed critical reception. Part of that might be ...

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Mansfield Park – Rose Theatre, Kingston

Writer: Jane Austen, adapted by Tim Luscombe Director: Colin Blumneau Reviewer: Andy Moseley [rating:4] This review begins with a confession. I have never read or seen Mansfield Park. I mention this not to give myself a badge of honour or stupidity, but because I suspect there are lots of other people in the same boat as me. If you’re one ...

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Mansfield Park- Civic Theatre, Darlington

Writer: Jane Austen Adaptor: Tim Luscombe Director: Colin Blumenau Reviewer: Lindsay Sykes [rating:3.0] Mansfield Park is one of Jane Austen’s lesser known books. Using her classic formula we are treated to yet another tale of morals and love from the spinster daughter of a Hampshire country Rector. Witty and well observed, we are treated to the rituals of courtship while ...

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Mansfield Park – Grand Theatre, Blackpool

Writer: Jane Austen Adaptor: Tim Luscombe Director: Colin Blumenau Reviewer: Jamie Gaskin [Rating:4] This cleverly adapted version of Mansfield Park underscores the universal truth that Jane Austen is no writer of simpering love stores but a purveyor of pure acid.Most of the main characters are shackled by snobbery and driven by self-interest. Conformity and a sense of duty are the ...

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Mansfield Park – Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds

Writer: Jane Austen Adaptor: Tim Luscombe Director: Colin Blumenau Reviewer: Flip Miller [rating:4.5]   Adaptations of classic dramas can sometimes miss the mark and get lost in translation. Tim Luscombe’s adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic Manfield Park is the exception to the rule. This adaptation hits the target roundly on the bullseye. The language and characters are brought to life ...

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