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The Hired Man – Coliseum Theatre, Oldham

Book:  Melvyn Bragg Music and Lyrics: Howard Goodall Director: Douglas Rintoul Reviewer: Helen Jones Writer Melvyn Bragg wrote his original novel The Hired Man in the 1960s.  He used his grandfather as the basis for the story of an ordinary working man in Cumberland towards the end of Victoria’s reign.   Newly married John Tallantire and his wife Emily are at ...

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The Hired Man – Hull Truck Theatre

Book: Melvyn Bragg Music/Lyrics: Howard Goodall Director: Douglas Rintoul Designer: Jean Chan Musical Director: Ben Goddard Reviewer: Ron Simpson Great claims are made for The Hired Man in the publicity for this co-production which has already been well received at the Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch. On this evidence, it’s difficult to accept that it’s the best British musical of the last ...

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The Grinning Man  – Trafalgar Studios, London

Book and Lyrics: Carl Grose Director: Tom Morris Reviewer: Richard Maguire Smiling all the way from Bristol’s Old Vic, where it received rave reviews, new British musical The Grinning Man now bares his teeth at London’s Trafalgar Studios. If only his bite was sharper. The Grinning Man, or Grinpayne as he’s known to his friends, is facially disfigured with a ...

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The Comedy of Errors – Exeter Northcott Theatre, Rougemont Gardens

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Poppy Burton-Morgan Reviewer: Ben Miller-Jarvest The Comedy of Errors is the play in which Shakespeare veers the closest to outright farce, including as it does, two sets of identical twins who both have the same name and who end up wearing the same clothes. Needless to say, shenanigans ensue, and a policeman, a hot-tempered wife, a ...

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Working – Southwark Playhouse, London

Writer: Studs Terkel Adaptors: Stephen Schwartz and Nina Faso Director: Luke Sheppard Reviewer: Stephen Bates In the eyes of America’s current President, the triple whammy of globalisation, de-industrialisation and illegal immigration has snuffed out working life in large parts of his country. Therefore, there can be nothing more timely than the reminder of the values of work that comes from ...

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Plastic – Ustinov Studio, Theatre Royal Bath

Writer: Marius von Mayenburg Translator: Maja Zade Director: Matthew Dunster Reviewer: Claire Hayes   The ambition behind Marius von Mayenburg’s Plastic is dazzling: using the artifice of theatre, its shared space and storytelling communion, to question the boundaries between art and life. If you listen to the narrative of the play’s central character Serge Haulupa, conceptual artist and orchestrator of ...

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Much Ado About Nothing – Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch

Much Ado ABout Nothing at The Queen's Theatre, Hornchurch

Director: Douglas Rintoul Musical Director: Julian Littman Reviewer: Michael Gray   Celebrations at the Queen’s Theatre in Hornchurch. as Shakespeare is celebrated, 400 after his death. A new Artistic Director [Douglas Rintoul] is welcomed to the Billet Lane theatre, and, put out more flags, World War II is over, and Claudio and his chums come victorious home to start Much ...

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The Witches – Dundee Repertory Theatre, Dundee

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Writer: Roald Dahl Adapter: David Wood Director: Jemima Levick Reviewer: Gareth Davies In probably the darkest and nastiest of Road Dahl’s non-adult stories, he delivers us a group of women who plan to rid the world of children, using a fiendish plan so horribly plausible – the administration of a magic potion via sweets and chocolate – that you start ...

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