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The March on Russia – Orange Tree Theatre, London

Writer: David Storey Director: Alice Hamilton Reviewer: Richard Maguire Until this year, theatre reviewers had to exercise caution when it came to writing about David Storey plays. Reliable rumour has it that back in 1976 Storey slapped The Guardian’s Michael Billington around the head after he had written a particularly sniffy review of Storey’s new play. In fact, there’s very ...

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Racing Demon – Theatre Royal, Bath

Writer: David Hare Director: Jonathan Church Reviewer: Claire Hayes Jonathan Church’s inaugural summer season for Bath’s Theatre Royal signalled changes from the moment his programme was revealed – without any hint of the usual Shakespeare or Coward. Instead, it opens with a revival of David Hare’s 1990 play Racing Demon, a meditation on the state of the Church of England, ...

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Gods and Monsters – Southwark Playhouse, London

Writer and Director: Russell Labey Reviewer: Scott Stait Russell Labey’s second offering to the fringe scene in London this month depicts a fictionalized account of the last weeks of British film director James Whale, famous for cult horror movies Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein. After suffering a stroke which, while leaving him physically capable, begins to affect his memory and ...

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Roots – Donmar Warehouse, London

Writer: Arnold Wesker Director: James MacDonald Reviewer: Harry Stern [rating:4] Roots may not have changed the world when it first appeared in the same way that John Osborne's Look Back in Anger touched a national chord, but it's still a fine example of the kitchen sink drama of the late 1950s. The burgeoning socialist politics of the era may seem ...

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NEWS: Raine Leads Roots Casting

The Donmar Warehouse has announced casting details for its forthcoming production of Arnold Weskers’ classic Roots, James Macdonald’s directorial début at the venue. It's 1958. Beatie Bryant has been to London and fallen in love with Ronnie, a young socialist. As she anxiously awaits his arrival to meet her family at their Norfolk farm, her head is swimming with new ...

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King Lear – Almeida Theatre, London

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Michael Attenborough Review: Steve Barfield [rating:4.5] This is a play which has become almost synonymous with the creative pinnacle of great classical actors who reach the age to play the title rôle and this production is no exception: Jonathan Pryce makes the rôle his own and it is a bravura display of acting by one of ...

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