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The Graduate, New Theatre – Cardiff

Writer: Charles Webb Stage Adaptation: Terry Johnson Director: Lucy Bailey Reviewer: Barbara Michaels The sexual mores of the Sixties are the background for The Graduate.  Laughable as they may seem in some respects to the youth of today, seen against the sexual culture of the time they have their place in social history.  Despite this, it is almost impossible to ...

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The Graduate – Festival Theatre, Malvern

A Young Man looks at a middle aged woman on a bed in her underwear

Writer: Terry Johnson adapted from the novel by Charles Webb and the screenplay by Calder Willingham and Buck Henry Director: Lucy Bailey Reviewer: Geoff Mill Terry Johnson’s adaptation draws on both the novel and the screenplay to offer us a slick, funny but oddly superficial version of The Graduate. Those who have watched the film, starring Dustin Hoffman as the ...

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The Graduate – Curve, Leicester

A Young Man looks at a middle aged woman on a bed in her underwear

Writer: Terry Johnson adapted from the novel by Charles Webb and the screenplay by Calder Willingham and Buck Henry Director: Lucy Bailey Reviewer: Laura Jayne Bateman Originally a novel by Charles Webb, published in 1963, The Graduate is perhaps best known as the 1967 film starring Anne Bancroft and Dustin Hoffman. Curve’s co-production with West Yorkshire Playhouse follows the trend ...

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Regeneration – Grand Theatre, Blackpool

Writer: Pat Barker Adaptor: Nicholas Wright Director: Simon Godwin Reviewer: May Mellstrom Marking the centenary of the First World War, 2014 has seen a plethora of productions and events to commemorate the conflict, and this adaptation of Pat Barker’s trilogy of books is a welcome addition. Nicholas Wright adapts Barker’s acclaimed novels for the stage; it should be noted that ...

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Regeneration – Oxford Playhouse

Writer: Nicholas Wright Director: Simon Godwin Reviewer: Fergus Morgan This year, as the nation marks one hundred years since the outbreak of the First World War, has seen a plethora of productions that use the conflict as their subject matter. The inevitable consequence of this surfeit of similarly themed drama is a regrettable desensitisation to the poignancy of World War ...

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Regeneration – The Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

Writer: Nicholas Wright, adapted from the books by Pat Barker Director: Simon Godwin Reviewer: Selwyn Knight The First World War was an especially brutal one; a brutality that now, a hundred years later, it is difficult to imagine or comprehend. It is also the first time that what is now known as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder was recognised as shellshock. The ...

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Regeneration – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Pat Barker Adaptation: Nicholas Wright Director: Simon Godwin Reviewer: Gareth Davies A century of distance separates us from the outbreak of World War One, and this lens of retrospect allows us clarity to see not only the differences but also the startling similarities between Britain then and Britain now. It is apposite that this adaptation of Pat Barker's Regeneration ...

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The Shawshank Redemption – Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

Writer: Stephen King Adaptor: Owen O’Neil &Dace Johns Director: Lucy Pitman-Wallace Reviewer: John Roberts [Rating:4] This was always going to be a crowd puller, not only bringing one of the movie industries biggest cult films to the stage, but when you fill it with some of the biggest names in the comedy circuit (Omid Djalili and Terry Alderton) and also ...

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