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Great Expectations – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Writer: Ken Bentley, from the book by Charles Dickens  Director: Sophie Boyce-Couzens Reviewer: James Garrington Great Expectations is undoubtedly a great classic of English literature, one of the most popular and well-known Dickens novels that has been studied at school and loved by many. It is also quite long – though far from the longest Dickens wrote – and includes a ...

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Why is the Sky Blue? – Southwark Playhouse, London

Writer: Abbey Wright, Shireen Mula, Matt Regan Director: Abbey Wright Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty There are two main feelings this performance generates. The first is a recognition that exposure to sex and sexuality for today’s young people is almost utterly different to even a decade ago, and it’s a real problem. The second, is that young people (ages 7-22 in this ...

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Great Expectations – Richmond Theatre, Richmond

Writer: Charles Dickens Adaptor: Ken Bentley  Director: Sophie Boyce Couzens Reviewer: David Guest A beautifully atmospheric production of Great Expectations manages to draw together many strands from Charles Dickens’ original novel without once losing sight of the core characters and their story. This is a significant feat when the story has been filmed and staged so often. This Tilted Wig ...

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Before the Party – Salisbury Playhouse, Salisbury

Man and woman sitting on bed

Writer: W. Somerset Maugham Adaptor: Rodney Ackland Director: Ryan McBryde ReviewerL David Jobson Written in 1949, Rodney Ackland’s Before the Party turns Somerset Maugham’s 1922 short story into a biting satire on changing views to the class system following the war. With plenty of zest, this latest revival directed by Ryan McBryde is a delectable production. It is a lovely summer ...

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Educating Rita – Hull Truck Theatre

Writer: Willy Russell Director: Mark Babych Designer: James Turner Reviewer: Ron Simpson Watching Educating Rita on stage in 2016 is a slightly odd experience, enjoyable nonetheless. The play’s on-stage history, with many more productions in the last six or seven years than in the previous 20, suggests a current wish to get back to the original after years of domination ...

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Toast – Oxford Playhouse


Writer: Richard Bean Director: Eleanor Rhode Reviewer: Fergus Morgan Snapdragon’s touring revival of Richard Bean’s first stage play, Toast, is the chance to relive the early footsteps of one of Britain’s most celebrated dramatists. Bean has been a phenomenally successful playwright in recent years, with the National’s productions of One Man, Two Guvnors and Great Britain both garnering awards and ...

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Thrill Me – Square Chapel, Halifax

Writer/Composer: Stephen Dolginoff Director: Guy Retallack Musical Director: Tom Turner Reviewer: Ron Simpson A new production on a nearly bare stage of an off-Broadway musical with a cast of two and a pianist/accompanist sounds pretty small-scale, but Thrill Me is a highly accomplished piece and Guy Retallack’s production for Climar Productions is as polished as it is powerful. The Leopold ...

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Thrill Me: The Leopold and Loeb Story – The Lowry, Salford

Book, Music and Lyrics: Stephen Dolginoff Director: Guy Retallack Reviewer: Laura Maley   Stephen Dolginoff’s 2003 crime-spree romance musical Thrill Me: The Leopold and Loeb Story has been a hit off-Broadway, in the West End and at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The Lowry plays host to the start of its first UK tour, where the Studio Theatre’s audience applauds talented ...

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