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Brassed Off – New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme

Writer: Mark Herman Adaptor: Paul Allen Director: Conrad Nelson           Reviewer: Mel Duncan Revived in recognition of the 30-year anniversary of the 1984 miner’s strike, Brassed Off has been enjoying the limelight in performances, professional and amateur, up and down the country.  The poignant tale of a community brought to their knees by a Government not fully understanding the implications of decisions ...

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Freddie, Ted and the Death of Joe Orton – London Theatre Workshop, London

Writer: Don Cotter Director: Ray Rackham Reviewer: Stephen Bates Mods on their Italian scooters are congregating on Brighton seafront, near to the house shared by gay couple Freddie and Ted. It is August 1966 and Radio Caroline can be heard on their portable wireless, but then Freddie switches channels to the BBC Home Service, which is broadcasting The Ruffian on ...

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Through The Mill – Southwark Playhouse, London

Writer and Director: Ray Rackham Reviewer:Maryam Philpott The movie stars of the 1940s and 1950s seem impossibly glamorous to us now, framed forever in silvery black and white or glorious Technicolor, reminding us of a different era of film-making. Whatever their particular skills – be it acting, singing, dancing or all three – we know that in the studio system ...

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King Lear – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Jonathan Miller Reviewer: Jo Beggs   So…it seems Barrie Rutter (that’s Rutter to you and me), advocate of all things Yorkshire, Founder and Director of Northern Broadsides, and one of the hardest working actors in the industry, has reached this point in his career. Old enough to play Lear, young enough to still have the stamina ...

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Vieux Carré – Charing Cross Theatre, London

Writer: Tennessee Williams Director: Robert Chevara Reviewer: Alex Ramon [Rating:4] 722 Toulouse Street was the location of the insalubrious rooming house in the Old Quarter of New Orleans where Tennessee Williams lodged in the late 1930s; the playwright made his encounters and experiences there the subject of several of his early short stories, and also of Vieux Carré, a play ...

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