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BRIGHTON FRINGE: The Life and Death of Puppet King Richard II – ONCA

Man in crown with wooden spoon puppets

Director: Gregory Gudgeon Reviewer: Simon Topping We are lead down into a dark, atmospheric, garden called the ONCA cave.  The theatre stage before us is miniature and as the sound of chiming bells disappears, a man, face painted in clay, and head adorned with a crown, launches into Shakespeare. The action taking place is between two glove puppets. There have ...

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Monsieur Popular – Ustinov Studio, Theatre Royal, Bath

Writer: Eugène Marin Labiche Translator and Director: Jeremy Sams Reviewer: Claire Hayes The Ustinov’s Autumn 2015 season of French farce opens in energetic but uncertain style with Jeremy Sams’ new translation of Eugène Marin Labiche's Monsieur Popular. In 19th Century Paris, 47-year-old Celimare is preparing to marry Emma, his 18-year-old bride. Unlike Emma, however, Celimare has a history; his past ...

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Travels with my Aunt – Menier Chocolate Factory, London

Writer: Graham Greene, adapted by Giles Havergal Director: Christopher Luscombe Reviewer: Ian Foster [rating:2.5] There’s a strange disconnect at the heart of Travels with my Aunt which means it never really ignites the comic potential it possesses. Giles Havergal’s adaptation of Graham Greene’s 1969 novel sees four actors cover a multitude of characters and a globe-trotting range of locations in ...

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Equally Divided – Watford Palace Theatre, Watford

Writer: Ronald Harwood Director: Brigid Larmour Reviewer: Jonathan Baz [rating:2.5] Equally Divided returns to the Watford stage, some 15 years after Ronald Harwood’s work first played there. It’s a curious literary concoction, part comic, part tragic and in part questioning important social and moral dilemmas that include loneliness, envy, rejection and the experience of second generation immigrants. The scope of ...

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