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The Rubenstein Kiss – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Writer: James Phillips Director: Zoe Waterman Reviewer: Ann Bawtree James Phillips gripping play is based entirely on the real life story of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, American citizens sent to the electric chair in the 1950s for giving away, or at least, conspiring to give away, secret scientific information to Russia. Set during the height of the cold war when ...

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Anna Karenina – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Writer: Leo Tolstoy Adaptor: Jo Clifford Director: Ellen McDougall Reviewer: Julia Taylor Leo Tolstoy’s novel, Anna Karenina,contains 848 pages- off-putting to any would-be reader. However, in presenting the stage version of this epic novel, translated and adaptedby Jo Clifford and featuring modern dress, the Royal Exchange Theatre have come up with a solution. In just two and a half hours ...

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The Libertine – Bristol Old Vic

Writer: Stephen Jeffreys Director: Dominic Hill Reviewer: Joan Phillips The Libertine is based on the true story of John Wilmot, the second Earl of Rochester. Set in Restoration London while Charles II was on the throne, Rochester has everything going for him. He is a poet and playwright, intelligent and witty, vigorously healthy, wealthy, married, and a personal favourite of ...

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Othello: The Moor of Venice – Riverside Studios, London

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Rebekah Fortune Reviewer: Stephen Bates [rating:3.5] How often do we go to see a play and find no credit for the playwright on the posters or in the programme? Okay, so we all know who wrote this one (don’t we?), but it would be interesting to learn if the omissions for this production were due to ...

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