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Sense and Sensibility – Theatre Royal, York

Writer: Jane Austen Adapted by: Jessica Swale Director: Juliet Forster Designer: Barney George Reviewer: Ron Simpson The Lakes Season at York Theatre Royal is a terrific idea. Over the summer, The Theatre by the Lake in Keswick presented five plays with the same ten actors, each involved in two or three plays, in either Main Theatre or Studio. Four of ...

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The Secret Garden – Theatre Royal, York

Writer: Frances Hodgson Burnett Adapter: Jessica Swale Director: Liz Stevenson Designer: Lily Arnold Reviewer: Ron Simpson The Theatre by the Lake production of The Secret Garden, now settled into York Theatre Royal for a four-week run, does everything possible to make Frances Hodgson Burnett’s 1911 novel come vividly to life for a modern audience. Especially striking is the staging, Lily ...

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The Jungle Book- The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Rudyard Kipling adapted by Jessica Swale Director: Max Webster Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Mowgli (Keziah Joseph) dreams of, or perhaps he remembers, an earlier part of his life when he lived in an actual rather than an urban jungle. When Mowgli’s father is killed by the tiger Shere Kahn (Lloyd Gorman) the wolves of the jungle and other animals rally ...

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The Jungle Book – Liverpool Playhouse

Writer: Rudyard Kiping Adaptor: Jessica Swale Music: Joe Stilgoe Director: Max Webster Reviewer: Daryl Holden The Jungle Book is a tale that everyone experiences at some point in their younger years.  For most, it is through the Disney film of the same name, which is now arguably more well-known than the original Rudyard Kipling books. This is where The Children’s ...

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The Jungle Book – Richmond Theatre

Writer/lyrics: Jessica Swale Composer/lyrics: Joe Stilgoe Director: Max Webster Reviewer: David Guest A creative and lively new take on Kipling’s The Jungle Book ensures there’s more than a little animal magic conjured up at Richmond Theatre. Audiences familiar only with the Disney animated classic version won’t find even a smattering of bare necessities, but thanks to a contemporary king of ...

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Nell Gwynn – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

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Writer: Jessica Swale Director: Christopher Luscombe Reviewer: Dominic Corr Celebrity is hardly a new concept. Only a few centuries ago, one of England's first actresses would help shape the very pop culture we all hate to adore. Nell Gwynn; orange merchant, turned actress, turned mistress to the King, was more than her titles. She was a living, breathing woman who ...

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Nell Gwynn – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

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Writer: Jessica Swale Director: Christopher Luscombe Reviewer: Steve Turner Anyone wanting historical accuracy should look away now. Anyone after an evening of fun, frolics, singing, dancing and general merriment better get themselves a ticket for Nell Gwynn now, before they all go! In the programme notes, writer Jessica Swale says that she wants the play to be an entertaining homage to ...

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Nell Gwynn – The Lowry, Salford

Laura Pitt-Pulford as Nell Gwynn

Writer: Jessica Swale Director: Christopher Luscombe Reviewer: Lizz Clark Saucy, witty and beautiful: Nell Gwynn must have been quite a woman to rise to fame from the level of a humble orange-seller and bewitch the heart of King Charles II. Jessica Swale's warm-hearted comic play follows Nell from the moment she is 'spotted' and begins to act, through her affair ...

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