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In the Willows – New Wimbledon Theatre, London

Book: Poppy Burton-Morgan  Lyrics: Keiran Merrick and Poppy Burton-Morgan  Music: Pippa Cleary and Keiran Merrick  Director: Poppy Burton-Morgan  Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Kenneth Grahame's beloved children's novel The Wind in the Willows has had many visits to the theatre before, with at least eleven distinct stage adaptations, from A A Milne's Toad of Toad Hall, via a National Theatre adaptation by ...

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In the Willows – Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

Book and Lyrics: Poppy Burton-Morgan Music: Pippa Cleary Director: Poppy Burton-Morgan Music and Lyrics: Keiran Merck Designer: William Reynolds Reviewer: Gareth Davies Kenneth Grahame might very well be spinning in his grave. Which needn't be a bad thing, if he takes his moves from the dance battle which marks the decisive climax of this hip-hop treatment of his pastoral children's ...

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In The Willows – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Book: Poppy Burton-Morgan Music: Pippa Cleary and Keiran Merrick Lyrics: Keiran Merrick and Poppy Burton-Morgan Director: Poppy Burton-Morgan Reviewer: Nicole Craft Kenneth Grahame’s Wind in the Willows, like it or loathe it, certainly fits the bill of ‘Classic Children’s Novel’. First published well over a hundred years ago yet still many-a-child’s bedtime story memory, a reimagining of any nature is ...

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The Secret Seven  – Storyhouse, Chester

Writer: Enid Blyton Adaptor: Glen Maxwell Director: Alex Clifton Reviewer: Mel Duncan ‘Lashings of ginger beer!’ The Secret Seven are beloved, and almost the stuff of English folklore.  Generation after generation of children have grown up living vicariously within Enid Blyton’s beautifully crafted pages, and inside the heads of arguably ever adult in the English speaking world adventures have been ...

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Twelfth Night – Lyric, Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Sean Holmes Reviewer: Karen Bussell If you like your Shakespeare in tights and big sleeves, avoid Filter’s recreated Twelfth Night. With music being the food of love (along with pizza and Frosties in this production), it is apt that Illyriais seemingly set in a recording studio with ever present wires, instruments and electronic mixing devices. There’s ...

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Twelfth Night – HOME, Manchester

Filter's Twelfth Night

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Sean Holmes Reviewer: Donna Kelly Music is most definitely the food of love in Filter’s adaptation of Twelfth Night. In fact, rock music meets Shakespeare head on in this explosive reworking of Shakespeare’s lyrical play. Twelfth Night tells the story of Viola, a young girl who is separated from her twin brother Sebastian following a shipwreck ...

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Twelfth Night – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Twelfth Night created by Filter

Writer: William Shakespeare Directors:Sean Holmes, Oliver Dimsdale, Ferdy Roberts Reviewer: Fergus Morgan Filter’s attempts at Shakespeare seem to flip-flop between the tremendous and the terrible. Their 2012 A Midsummer Night’s Dream, recently revived at the Lyric Hammersmith, was gloriously witty and palpably uplifting. Their 2014 production of Macbeth was abstract to the point of tedium. Happily, their 90-minute interpretation of ...

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Faster Higher Stronger Straighter – Dominion Studio, London

Writer: Damien Tracey Director: Whitney Mosery Reviewer: Christopher Hong At a time when the Winter Olympics, Russia and its latest law on banning homosexual propaganda dominate the headlines, Damien Tracey has written a new play which aims to highlight and advocate for LGBT rights in Russia and beyond. Two parallel storylines run through the play with one depicting a couple ...

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