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Shackleton’s Carpenter – Jermyn Street Theatre, London

Writer: Gail Louw Director: Tony Milner Reviewer: David Guest Unsung heroes have the power to inspire, change our perspective and rewrite history. In a touring and powerful one-man show now receiving its West End premiere one unsung hero’s story is told to try and redress some of the balance for him – and perhaps countless others consigned to the footnotes ...

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Pictures of Dorian Gray – Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

Writer: Oscar Wilde Adapted by: Lucy Shaw Director: Tom Littler Set/Lighting: William Reynolds Sound: Matt Eaton Reviewer: Ron Simpson Jermyn Street Theatre’s Pictures of Dorian Gray, premiered at the Stephen Joseph’s McCarthy Theatre, is, without doubt, a bold concept brought to fruition with stylish elegance. What is less certain is how fully it communicates the drama and the narrative of ...

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Miss Julie – Jermyn Street Theatre, London

Writer: August Strindberg Adaptor: Howard Brenton Director: Tom Littler Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty Tense and precariously combustible from the start, the work is a captivating 90 minutes of domestic trouble and class antagonism that leaves one a little breathless. The version here, a freshly written by Howard Brenton which is directed by his long-time Strindberg collaborator Tom Littler, brings out the claustrophobic ...

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Creditors – Jermyn Street Theatre, London

Writer: August Strindberg Adaptor: Howard Brenton Direction: Tom Littler Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Classic theatre loves to punish bad women, particularly if she’s adulterous or dares to be, in that dirty phrase, a “free-thinker”. August Strindberg’s Creditors first performed in 1889 and written a year earlier is a play entirely dedicated to the manipulation of an errant wife, forced to confront the ...

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Agnes Colander: An Attempt at Life – Jermyn Street Theatre, London

Writer: Harley Granville Barker Director: Trevor Nunn Reviewer: Stephen Bates Harley Granville Barker was one of the leading lights of British theatre in the Edwardian era and works of his, such as The Voysey Inheritance and Waste, still appear regularly today. Therefore, it would seem highly unlikely that a play written by him in 1900 would have to wait until ...

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Original Death Rabbit – Jermyn Street Theatre, London

Writer: Rose Heiney  Director: Hannah Joss  Reviewer: Scott Matthewman At several points in Rose Heiney’s blackly funny Original Death Rabbit, the typical trying-to-be-sympathetic view of mental health issues is punctured. The concerned expression, eyes to the floor, acknowledging how seriously we need to take other people’s mental health, tied with the unspoken belief that such things only deserve to befall other ...

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Billy Bishop Goes to War – Jermyn Street Theatre, London

Writer: John Gray with Eric Peterson Director: Jimmy Walters Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Of all the plays being revived to mark the centenary of the World War I Armistice, a not unsurprising number have focussed on the lives of soldiers in the trenches. But April 1918also saw the 100th anniversary of the formation of the Royal Air Force: so Jermyn Street ...

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The Play About My Dad – Jermyn Street Theatre, London

Writer: Boo Killebrew Director: Stella Powell-Jones Reviewer: Scott Matthewman When Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast in 2005, it was more than just New Orleans that was hit. Playwright Boo Killebrew, from the Mississippi town of Gulfport, was living in Manhattan at the time – but her estranged father, a doctor at the local hospital, was there. His stories of ...

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