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Miss Julie – Jermyn Street Theatre, London

Writer: August Strindberg Adaptor: Howard Brenton Director: Tom Littler Reviewer: Karl O’Doherty Tense and precariously combustible from the start, the work is a captivating 90 minutes of domestic trouble and class antagonism that leaves one a little breathless. The version here, a freshly written by Howard Brenton which is directed by his long-time Strindberg collaborator Tom Littler, brings out the claustrophobic ...

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Creditors – Jermyn Street Theatre, London

Writer: August Strindberg Adaptor: Howard Brenton Direction: Tom Littler Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Classic theatre loves to punish bad women, particularly if she’s adulterous or dares to be, in that dirty phrase, a “free-thinker”. August Strindberg’s Creditors first performed in 1889 and written a year earlier is a play entirely dedicated to the manipulation of an errant wife, forced to confront the ...

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Doctor Scroggy’s War – Shakespeare’s Globe

Writer: Howard Brenton Director: John Dove Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Innovation was a key part of the First World War and developments in machinery and battle techniques subjected men to more varied forms of human destruction. From poison gas to submarines, fighter aircraft to artillery shells, this raft of new weapons meant that death or injury could come at any time ...

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Eternal Love – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Howard Brenton Music: William Lyons Director: John Dove Reviewer: Edie Ranvier On hearing the title of this play, you could be forgiven for and expecting a sequel to Love, Actually or some similar schmaltz. On hearing that Howard Benton’s new play Eternal Love is indeed a love story, but one doomed from the start and weighed down with some ...

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Eternal Love: The Story of Abelard and Heloise – Darlington Civic Theatre

Writer: Howard Brenton Director: John Dove Reviewer: Mark Clegg Although not as famous as other doomed lovers like Romeo and Juliet or Arthur and Guinevere, the story of Abelard and Eloise is more rooted in fact and history than the others, and is consequently perhaps the more emotional tale. Set in Medieval France, the story sees Abelard the philosopher and ...

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Eternal Love – Arts Theatre, Cambridge

Writer: Howard Brenton Director: John Dove Reviewer: Glen Pearce   When you think of Shakespeare’s Globe and a classic love story you instantly think of Romeo &Juliet, but in Eternal Love (first performed at The Globe under its previous title In Extremis). A love affair between a 12th Century scholar and his pupil seems a less likely subject for a ...

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NEWS: English Touring Theatre celebrates 21st Birthday with first 2014 season announcements

In 2014 English Touring Theatre, the country’s leading touring company, turns 21. Today the company announced the first part of its exciting touring commitments to celebrate its birthday year. The company unveiled touring and casting details for Howard Brenton’s Eternal Love (formerly entitled In Extremis) alongside full touring details for Brian Friel’s Translations and Noel Coward’s Tonight at 8.30, the ...

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The Arrest of Ai Weiwei – Hampstead Theatre, London

Writer: Howard Brenton Director: James Macdonald Reviewer: Georgina Newman [rating:4] ‘Who did you kill?’ So says a member of the Beijing Police Murder Squad to the recently detained conceptual artist Ai Weiwei. The interrogators appear just as confused as Weiwei to why he has been seized by the Chinese state authorities at Beijing airport. This is Howard Brenton’s latest play, ...

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