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The House on Cold Hill – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Writer: Shaun McKenna from the book by Peter James Director: Ian Talbot Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Ollie needs a new challenge. He’s sold his advertising agency for megabucks and set himself up as a web designer – albeit one who can’t set up his own wifi. He and solicitor wife Caro have used the proceeds to buy Cold Hill House, an ...

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Sherlock Holmes: The Final Curtain – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Simon Reade Director: David Grindley Reviewer: Gareth Davies If restless spirits are detected around Edinburgh’s King’s Theatre this week, they could reasonably be ascribed to the tormented soul of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle gyrating in his grave in horror at this latest incarnation of his literary creation. Taking Doyle’s famous infatuation was spiritualism towards the end of his life ...

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Oh What a Lovely War – Oldham Coliseum Theatre, Oldham


Book & Music: Joan Littlewood’s Theatre Workshop, Charles Chilton, Gerry Raffles,  and members of the original cast Director: Kevin Shaw Reviewer: Jo Beggs When Joan Littlewood’s Theatre Workshop conceived what was to become their most lasting piece of theatre, the Second World War was still a vivid memory for most of the cast. Littlewood herself had lived through two, having ...

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Not Dead Enough – Royal & Derngate Theatre, Northampton

Writer: Shaun McKenna based on the novel by Peter James Director: Ian Talbot Reviewer: David Robinson Novelist Peter James’ Roy Grace detective novels have sold over eighteen million copies and been translated into numerous languages, as well as comfortably sitting for many weeks at the top of the Sunday Times bestseller list. Not Dead Enough is the third stage adaptation of ...

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Gaslight – Oldham Coliseum

Writer: Patrick Hamilton Director: Robin Herford Reviewer: Rebecca Cohen He has directed the critically-acclaimed adaptation of The Woman in Black, and now Robin Herford is thrilling audiences once more – this time with Patrick Hamilton’s 1939 Victorian mystery play Gaslight. Running at the Oldham Coliseum, this is a production that is at once dark and comedic, combining a gripping and ...

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An Enemy of the People – Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Writer: Henrik Ibsen Adaptor: Arthur Miller Director: David Thacker Reviewer: Jim Gillespie   This production by the Octagon, in conjunction with the local University, is part of a wider celebration of the centenary of Arthur Miller’s birth on 17 October 1915. It also carries a personal resonance for Bolton Octagon Director David Thacker, who worked with Miller on his adaptation ...

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The Boy Who Fell Into a Book – Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

Writer: Alan Ayckbourn Music: Cathy Shostak and Eric Angus Musical adaptation and lyrics: Paul James Director: Alan Ayckbourn Reviewer: Audrey Pointer Scarborough’s Stephen Joseph Theatre premieres a new musical adaptation of Ayckbourn’s 1998 play (his fifty-third) directed by the writer. Ayckbourn originally wrote the play to celebrate the National Year of Reading. It’s a play suitable for all the family ...

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Annie Get Your Gun – New Oxford Theatre

Music and Lyrics: Irving Berlin Original Book: Herbert Fields and Dorothy Fields New Book and Additional Material: Peter Stone Director: Ian Talbot Reviewer: Bethaney Rimmer Sixty eight years after its first appearance on Broadway, the rootin’ tootin’ story of Annie Oakley and Frank Butler is touring the UK with an all guns blazing cast led by West End performer Emma ...

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