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Pack of Lies – Menier Chocolate Factory, London

Writer: Hugh Whitemore Director: Hannah Chissick Reviewer: Stephen Bates Recent events in Salisbury have brought back the chill of the Cold War, making this revival of Hugh Whitemore’s 1983 play particularly timely and, with the Menier’s air-conditioning on a high setting, the audience feels that chill too. Pack of Lies is based on the real-life Portland Spy Ring affair of ...

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What The Butler Saw – Theatre Royal Bath

Writer: Joe Orton Director: Nikolai Foster Reviewer: Claire Hayes 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of Joe Orton’s death, and this brand-new version of What the Butler Saw, a joint production between Theatre Royal Bath and Leicester Curve, commemorates his final full-length play. But as a dark farce, this work is now showing its age; shocking at the time for its anti-establishment ...

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The Libertine – Theatre Royal Haymarket, London

Writer: Stephen Jeffreys Director: Terry Johnson Reviewer: David Guest Anyone salivating over the salacious poster promoting The Libertine at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket, is in for a big disappointment. Apart from a lewd and largely irrelevant song at the opening of Act Two, this production delivers little of the sauciness it teases. Stephen Jeffreys’ 1994 faux-Restoration romp (which he has ...

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The Jew of Malta – The Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

Writer: Christopher Marlowe Director: Justin Audibert Reviewer: James Garrington Some 15 years before Shakespeare introduced The Merchant of Veniceto the world, Christopher Marlowe was busy penning his own play, The Jew of Malta – and what a delight it is, too. It is being presented here as part of an RSC season which explores the “outsider”, and shows, as is ...

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Henry IV Part II – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Gregory Doran Reviewer: Laura Maley Brought to life in 2012 as two thirds of the BBC’s The Hollow Crown Shakespeare trilogy (beginning with Richard II) masterminded by Sam Mendes, the Royal Shakespeare Company’s artistic director Gregory Doran brings Henry IV Parts I &II on tour, after a critically acclaimed run in Stratford-upon-Avon. Where Part I sees ...

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NEWS: Anthony Sher helms RSC’s return to Newcastle

The world renowned Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) is returning to Newcastle Theatre Royal this autumn following a hugely successful season in autumn last year. The 2014 season features an enthralling trio of new productions – Henry IV, Part I (25 September – 4 October) and Henry IV, Part II (26 September – 4 October) and The Two Gentlemen of Verona ...

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The Private Ear/The Public Eye – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer: Peter Shaffer Director: Alastair Whatley Reviewer: Michael Gray [Rating:4]   Peter Shaffer's delightful double bill was a huge hit on both sides of the Atlantic back in 1962. We're back in the days of Ascot water heaters and coffee bars, in a theatrical landscape before the National and the kitchen sink, when revue was fashionable, and it was not ...

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The Private Ear/The Public Eye – Milton Keynes Theatre

Writer: Sir Peter Shaffer Director : Alastair Whatley Reviewer: Maggie Constable [rating:3.5] First major revival in half a century they say! The Private Ear The Public Eye, by reputed British playwright Sir Peter Shaffer, has arrived at Milton Keynes. The double-billing of two ‘intime’ one-act plays was first performed in the West End of London in the early 60s and ...

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