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Faust x 2 – Watermill Theatre, Newbury

Adaptors and Translators: Ian McDiarmid and Philip Wayne Director: Lisa Blair Reviewer: David Jobson The story of Faustus selling his soul to the Devil never ceases to intrigue. It has spawned countless adaptations, including Marlowe and Gothe’s plays. It is a goldmine of moral and mythical themes for writers and directors to delve in (and perhaps show off a bit of ...

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What Shadows – The STUDIO, Birmingham REP

Ian McDiarmid as Enoch Powell, delivering his Rivers of Blood speech

Writer: Chris Hannan Director: Roxana Silbert Reviewer: Selwyn Knight The Swinging Sixties were known for many things – the sexual revolution and the rise of protests on the streets being among them. And towards the end, in Birmingham in 1968, a speech by a local Member of Parliament caused a storm that is still felt today. Enoch Powell was a ...

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The Merchant of Venice – Almeida Theatre, London

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Rupert Goold Reviewer: George Attwell Gerhards   If a production makes you wonder, upon leaving, why a certain play is still performed there is something wrong, right? Such is the case with your reviewer and the production of The Merchant of Venice opening at the Almeida, revived from the RSC from 2011. While the inevitable discussions ...

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Bakersfield Mist – Duchess Theatre, London

Writer: Stephen Sachs Director: Polly Teale Reviewer: Jon Wainwright Trailer park tat fills the stage and spills into the stalls. There’s stuff everywhere: plates, pictures, knick knacks on the inside, and outside dead vines entangle a telephone pole and spread across the trailer’s roof. This corner of Bakersfield is a world away from metropolitan minimalism and the sophistication of the ...

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A Life of Galileo – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Writer: Bertolt Brecht, translated by Mark Ravenhill Director: Roxana Silbert Reviewer: Selwyn Knight   Originally written in German shortly before World War II, this production is part of Birmingham REP’s Epic Encounters season, celebrating the work of Bertolt Brecht. This is a revival of the RSC production of A Life of Galileo, newly translated by Mark Ravenhill, which premiered there ...

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NEWS: Ian McDiarmid reprises rôle A Life of Galileo Tour

Ian McDiarmid reprises the title rôle in Roxana Silbert’s celebrated production of Brecht’s A LIFE OF GALILEO at Birmingham Repertory Theatre from 28 February to 8 March ahead of a short tour. Translated by leading playwright, Mark Ravenhill, A LIFE OF GALILEO is arguably Brecht’s greatest play and charts the renaissance scientist’s extraordinary fight with the Catholic church over his ...

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The Public Reviews 2014 Preview: Part I

Over the next week we shall be looking at the shows that have got our regional editors excited in 2014. Today we shall be looking at Ireland, South East and North East &Yorkshire. Are you excited by any of these productions? Share what you think in the comments section below. IRELAND: Ciara Murphy Here at The Public Reviews in Ireland, ...

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NEWS: Birmingham Repertory Theatre Announces 2014 Season

Hot on the heels of its hugely successful reopening, which has seen over 35,000 tickets sold and 170,000 people visiting the newly refurbished theatre in the first month of opening, Birmingham Repertory Theatre has announced its plans for 2014. Highlights from January to June 2014 include: the return of writer Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti with the premiere of her latest play, ...

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