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Of Mice and Men – Royal & Derngate, Northampton

Writer: John Steinbeck Director: Guy Unsworth Reviewer: Maggie Constable One of the most powerful pieces of story-telling in American literature, John Steinbeck’s 1937 classic Of Mice and Men has begun its week-long run at the Royal and Derngate. It was made famous by the iconic film of the 30s and then again in the 1992 movie starring John Malkovich. It ...

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Breaking the Code – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Writer: Hugh Whitemore Director:  Robert Hastie Reviewer:  Stephen M Hornby If ever a play deserved a revival at the Royal Exchange, it is Breaking the Code, bringing home the tale of one of Manchester’s finest minds, a mind that literally changed the course of world history and continues to do so.  The play was first staged in 1986.  The 30 ...

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The Tiger’s Bones and Other Stories – Polka Theatre, London

Writer: Ted Hughes Director: Jack McNamara Reviewer: Edie Ranvier Ted Hughes’ poetry – dark, brooding, carnal, often brutal – is some of the most adult stuff in the British canon. But he was a children’s author too, most famously writing the widely loved and troubling The Iron Man. Now London’s favourite children’s theatre the Polka is staging a triplet of ...

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The Grand Gesture – Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Writer: Deborah McAndrew Director: Gwenda Hughes Reviewer: Claire Hayes You’re never entirely sure where you are in The Grand Gesture, Deborah McAndrew’s adaptation of Nikolai Erdman’s Soviet-era play The Suicide, but somehow it doesn’t really matter. In the company of Bristol Old Vic Theatre School’s newest graduates, you spend an enjoyable couple of hours trying to work it out. Simeon ...

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The Boy on the Swing – Brewery Theatre, Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Writer: Joe Harbot Director: Laura Jasper Reviewer: Kris Hallett A man picks up a business card off the floor, dials it and thus begins a dizzying and disorienting journey which will lead to an eventual tête-à-tête with God (or is it?). Coming across as a mixture of Kafka’sThe Trialand 21st century Ionesco mixed with Douglas Adams,Joe Harbot’sThe Boy on the ...

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