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Bad Jews – Yvonne Arnaud, Guildford

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Writer: Josh Harmon Director: Michael Longhurst Reviewer: Bill Avenell This is undoubtedly a clever play based around the old plot line of grieving, some more than others, relatives gathering after the funeral of a much-loved grandfather and squabbling over the disposition of the prized family heirloom. The twist in this case is that the family is Jewish and the heirloom ...

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Bad Jews – Theatre Royal, Nottingham

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Writer: Joshua Harman Director: Michael Longhurst Reviewer: Laura Jayne Bateman Bad Jews premiered in New York in 2012, before transferring to Theatre Royal Bath in 2014 and then to the West End. It has since enjoyed runs at three London theatres and is currently touring the UK. The show hit headlines when complaints led to its posters being banned on ...

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Bad Jews – Salford, The Lowry

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Writer: Joshua Harmon Director: Michael Longhurst Reviewer: Holly Sharp Grandpa’s dead and there’s a family gathering, but the family ain’t getting on so well. A funeral-based family feud might not be the most groundbreaking premise, but if anyone in the auditorium was fearing that Bad Jews would see them nodding off, they needn’t have fretted. Raised voices, scrapping, and a ...

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Dinner With Saddam – Menier Chocolate Factory, London

Writer: Anthony Horowitz Director: Lindsay Posner Reviewer: Maryam Philpott   The war in Iraq remains a contentious issue, one that caused considerable protest and derision when it began in 2003. And now, so many years on the consequences of the political and military decision to invade Iraq and remove Saddam Hussain from the Presidency are being felt. Was it really ...

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Bad Jews – Arts Theatre, London

Writer: Joshua Harmon Director: Michael Longhurst Reviewer: Maryam Philpott   Cultural diversity and preserving the traditions of the various elements of society is an important thing. But at the same time an ideal world would have people putting aside their differences and embracing inclusivity. Perhaps the two are not mutually exclusive but increased globalisation is both a way into recognising ...

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Arcadia – Nottingham Playhouse

Writer: Tom Stoppard Director: Giles Croft Reviewer: Phil Lowe In Tom Stoppard's cleverly constructed, poetic and witty play Arcadia you certainly get your words’ worth. Well if not Wordsworth then a sexy sniff at the tailcoats of naughty boy Lord Byron passing invisibly through. Artistic director Giles Croft directs this text heavy play with a lightness of touch, an eloquence ...

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Bad Jews – Ustinov Studio, Theatre Royal, Bath

Writer: Joshua Harmon Director: Michael Longhurst Reviewer: Claire Hayes A play set in the aftermath of a funeral promises heightened emotions, family discord and most likely a disputed inheritance. When the deceased is a Holocaust survivor and three of the four characters are his grandchildren, you can add the provocative potential of lacerating, darkly comic argument to the mix. Bad ...

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Miss Nightingale: The Burlesque Musical – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Writer: Matthew Bugg Director: Peter Rowe Reviewer: Jane Pink [rating: 5]   In his autobiography, The Naked Civil Servant, Quentin Crisp describes the heightened sensitivities of people living through the blackouts and bombings of the London Blitz. “As soon as the bombs started to fall, the city became like a paved double bed. Voices whispered suggestively as you walked along; ...

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