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Hound of the Baskervilles – Northern Stage, Newastle

Writer: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Adaptation: Douglas Maxwell Director: Jake Smith Reviewer: Chris Collett Last year Northern Stage’s new actor programme North produced a compelling studio production of HG Wells’ War of the Worlds, which convincingly conjured an alien invasion through simple storytelling. This year it has replicated that success with a fast-paced version of Arthur Conan Doyle’s best-known Sherlock ...

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Glory Dazed – East Riding Theatre, Beverley

Writer: Cat Jones Director: Jake Smith Reviewer: Ron Simpson The programming at East Riding Theatre, progressive and open-minded, never fails to impress. A small theatre working hard to establish itself in a historic (and, one would imagine, traditionally-minded) market town might be expected to play safe, but the reality is far different from that. East Riding Theatre may have developed ...

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Goodnight, Mister Tom – East Riding Theatre, Beverley

Writer: David Wood Adapted from: Michelle Magorian Director: Jake Smith Designer: Ed Ullyart Lighting: Simon Bedwell Composer: David Barton Reviewer: Ron Simpson Goodnight, Mister Tom, best known for the television version with John Thaw 20 years ago, is an adaptation of a 1981 novel by Michelle Magorian. In David Wood’s dramatisation, most of the story remains, with the most noticeable ...

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It’s a Wonderful Life – East Riding Theatre, Beverley

Writer: Mary Elliott Nelson Director: Jake Smith Designer: Ed Ullyart Reviewer: Ron Simpson East Riding Theatre’s ambition and achievement continue to surprise and impress. A converted church with fewer than 200 capacity and a small stage with no wing space, reliant for its operations on an army of volunteers to supplement the small professional team, it continues to mount productions ...

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I’m Gonna Pray For You So Hard – Finborough Theatre, London

Adrian Lukis and Jill Witnernitz in Im Gonna Pray So Hard For You

Writer: Halley Feiffer Director: Jake Smith Reviewer: Stephen Bates It is tricky to review a play that begins with a savage diatribe against theatre critics. Halley Feiffer’s forensic study of the darker side of theatre sees successful playwright David convening with his daughter Ella, an actor, to await the first reviews of an off-Broadway production of The Seagull, in which she has ...

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A Christmas Carol – Chichester Festival Theatre, Chichester

The cast of Chichester Theatre's A Christmas Carol

Writer: Charles Dickens adapted byBryony Lavery Directors: Dale Rooks and Jake Smith Reviewer: Jo Payne It is rare to see such a stunning piece of theatre among professional productions nowadays; let alone from an entirely youthful cast. From the first view of the exquisite set and the hauntingly sharp opening, right through to the delightfully heart-warming close, it is clear ...

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