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The Country Wife – Minerva Theatre, Chichester

Writer: William Wycherley Director: Jonathan Munby Reviewer: David Guest Restoration comedies are enjoying something of a renaissance, with a recent in-period The Way of the World at the Donmar and The Country Wife at Southwark Playhouse transposed to the Roaring Twenties showing the timelessness of rants against seduction, deception and excesses. At Chichester’s Minerva Theatre Wycherley’s sparkling 1675 comedy of manners ...

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East of Berlin – Southwark Playhouse, London

Writer: Hannah Moscovitch Director: Blythe Stewart Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty It's a device common enough to be instantly familiar, but done well so rarely that it stands out a mile when properly executed. Using a minor puzzle piece to show a whole picture, an arc to describe a circle. It renders the abstract familiar, and can bring an audience to the ...

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Eternal Love – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Howard Brenton Music: William Lyons Director: John Dove Reviewer: Edie Ranvier On hearing the title of this play, you could be forgiven for and expecting a sequel to Love, Actually or some similar schmaltz. On hearing that Howard Benton’s new play Eternal Love is indeed a love story, but one doomed from the start and weighed down with some ...

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Eternal Love: The Story of Abelard and Heloise – Darlington Civic Theatre

Writer: Howard Brenton Director: John Dove Reviewer: Mark Clegg Although not as famous as other doomed lovers like Romeo and Juliet or Arthur and Guinevere, the story of Abelard and Eloise is more rooted in fact and history than the others, and is consequently perhaps the more emotional tale. Set in Medieval France, the story sees Abelard the philosopher and ...

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Eternal Love – Arts Theatre, Cambridge

Writer: Howard Brenton Director: John Dove Reviewer: Glen Pearce   When you think of Shakespeare’s Globe and a classic love story you instantly think of Romeo &Juliet, but in Eternal Love (first performed at The Globe under its previous title In Extremis). A love affair between a 12th Century scholar and his pupil seems a less likely subject for a ...

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NEWS: English Touring Theatre celebrates 21st Birthday with first 2014 season announcements

In 2014 English Touring Theatre, the country’s leading touring company, turns 21. Today the company announced the first part of its exciting touring commitments to celebrate its birthday year. The company unveiled touring and casting details for Howard Brenton’s Eternal Love (formerly entitled In Extremis) alongside full touring details for Brian Friel’s Translations and Noel Coward’s Tonight at 8.30, the ...

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Candida – Theatre Royal, Bath

Writer: George Bernard Shaw Director: Simon Godwin Reviewer: Joan Phillips [Rating:3.5]   Theatre Royal Bath’s Summer 2013 Season is well underway and the second production this summer is George Bernard Shaw’s Candida. This play follows the morning, afternoon and evening of one day in the Morrell household. The Reverend James Morrell is a popular clergyman and a successful Christian Socialist ...

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Anne Boleyn – Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Howard Brenton Music: William Lyons Director: John Dove Reviewer: Gareth Ireland [rating:4/5] Anne Boleyn is a compelling piece of theatre that explores who she was and the effect she had on King James I. The newly crowned King finds Boleyn’s controversial legacy that leads him to try to find her ghost and resolve religious factions. Flitting between the courts ...

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