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Eyam – Shakespeare’s Globe, London

Writer: Matt Hartley Director: Adele Thomas Reviewer: Sophia Moss Picture this: you live in a small village surrounded by moors, woods and streams. A deadly, contagious illness is spreading through your community, but you can’t tell if you have caught it until a few days after infection. Do you stay in your village to avoid spreading the illness to neighbouring ...

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German Skerries – Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

Poster image for German Skerries

Writer: Robert Holman Director: Alice Hamilton Designer: James Perkins Reviewer: Ron Simpson The pre-publicity for German Skerries describes it thus: “A friendship, a marriage, a holiday, a death.” Factually this is correct; the impression, however, is slightly misleading. Of the three scenes, the first deals with the meeting and developing the friendship of Jack, a young factory worker, and Martin, ...

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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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Jack and the Beanstalk – Lyric Hammersmith, London

Writer: Tom Wells Director: Dan Herd Reviewer: Ian Foster [rating:3.5] As panto season goes full steam ahead, it is the Lyric Hammersmith who make the early running in London with a new version of Jack and the Beanstalk by playwright du jour Tom Wells, who takes over writing duties from Joel Horwood and Morgan Lloyd Malcolm. The pair have established ...

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The Changeling – Young Vic, London

Writer: Thomas Middleton and William Rowley Director: Joe Hill-Gibbins Reviewer: Ian Foster [rating:3.5] Joe Hill-Gibbins' raucous production of The Changeling first played the intimate Maria studio at the Young Vic earlier this year and encouraged by its success there, it has now transferred into the main theatre to provide a Gothic pre-Christmas treat. Middleton and Rowley's Jacobean tragedy which spirals ...

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