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The Recruiting Officer – Old Red Lion, London

Writer: George Farquhar Adaptor: Charlie Ryall Director:Jenny Eastop Reviewer: Maryam Philpot George Farquhar’s 1706 play The Recruiting Officer is one of the most celebrated comedies of its time. Alongside its own influence on Restoration theatre, it became an important reference point for later playwrights including Timberlake Wertenbaker in Our Country’s Good and now Charlie Ryall in her new play Indebted to Chance– the ...

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The Biograph Girl – Finborough Theatre, London

Book: Warner Brown Lyrics: Warner Brown and David Heneker Music:  David Heneker Director: Jenny Eastop Reviewer: Stephen Bates Revived as part of the Finborough Theatre’s British Musicals season, The Biograph Girl, an account of the rise of Hollywood’s silent movie industry in the teens and twenties of the last century, dates only from 1980. This comes as a surprise, because ...

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The Feigned Courtesans – The Rose Playhouse, London

Writer: Aphra Behn Director: Jenny Eastop Reviewer: Jon Wainwright A heroic cast and most of the audience set an unenviable record for the longest-ever show at the Rose, by keeping going for a little over three hours (with one five-minute interval and no loos on site). One clue ought to have been the size of the scripts the actors are ...

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The Alchemist, Rose Playhouse, London

Writer:Ben Jonson Director:Jenny Eastop Reviewer: Jon Wainwright They've yet to begin scamming the public and they're already arguing, so loudly that Doll Common has to step in to separate Subtle and Face. They've just set up the alchemical apparatus, at a frantic pace and to a clubby soundtrack played at a volume that would get even the most tolerant of ...

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A Trick to Catch the Old One – Rose Playhouse Bankside, London

Writer: Thomas Middleton Director: Jenny Eastop Reviewer: Nichola Daunton Thomas Middleton’s comedic Jacobean romp A Trick to Catch the Old One is given a 1920’s twist in this new production at the historic Rose Theatre. The first Elizabethan theatre in London, the Rose in now an archaeological site, preserved for the nation. With no heating, it can be a chilly ...

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Anton Chekhov’s Vaudevilles and Other Sketches – Jermyn Street Theatre, London

Adaptor: Michael Frayn Director: Jenny Eastop Reviewer: David Ralf [rating:3.5] You know you're getting the real thing with Michael Frayn's Chekhov. Unlike some other big name translators of foreign drama, Frayn has strong Russian, and a keen comic ear. It shows in all of his Chekhov adaptations, Frayn is on particularly good form here. Three short stories and three short ...

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