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A Taste of Honey – Richmond Theatre, London

Writer: Shelagh Delaney Director: Bijan Sheibani Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Shelagh Delaney wrote her first play, A Taste of Honey, when she was just nineteen, and it shows. Not because it is naïve or imperfect, in the way so many other playwrights’ work is at the first stages of their career. No, Delaney’s work stands out because it is fearless, unencumbered ...

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A Taste of Honey, King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Shelagh Delaney Director: Bijan Sheibani Reviewer:  Tom Ralphs Written in 1958, A Taste of Honey was a ground-breaking play both in terms of its writer – a young working-class female in a world dominated by middle class men – and its subject matter. Moving away from the angry young man drama of the likes of John Osborne, it depicted people ...

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A Taste of Honey – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Shelagh Delaney Director: Bijan Sheibani Reviewer: Rebecca Cohen The Lowry should be the perfect setting for National Theatre’s portrayal of the 1958 play A Taste of Honey. There is a reason it has been selected as the first pit stop for its latest tour - after all it is a compelling portrayal of working-class life in post-war Salford. However, ...

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Annie – Birmingham Hippodrome

Book: Thomas Meehan Music: Charles Strouse Lyrics: Martin Charnin Director: Nikolai Foster Reviewer: Hannah Powell The 2019 cast of Annie certainly does not disappoint. In a world of government bankers and a society which seems to treat the working classes as something to exterminate, Annie brings with it not only incredibly orchestrated music and intricate choreography but most importantly an ...

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Abigail’s Party – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Mike Leigh Designer: Janet Bird Director: Sarah Esdaile Reviewer: Gareth Davies Mike Leigh's classic piece of retro social satire made a star of its original lead actress and remains one of the writer-director's best known and most recognised works. So ingrained are its late-seventies social symbols and pop culture references that it's all but impossible to remember that these ...

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Abigail’s Party – Orchard Theatre, Dartford

Writer: Mike Leigh Director: Sarah Esdaile Reviewer: Dan English Jodie Prenger leads a determined cast trying to revive an ageing script one tense joke at a time in during the painfully awkward festivity which makes up Abigail’s Party, reaching Dartford as part of its nationwide tour. Mike Leigh’s play focuses on the strained relationship between Laurence and Beverley, with the ...

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Abigail’s Party, The Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury

Writer: Mike Leigh Director: Sarah Esdaile Reviewer: Pete Benson At the opening of Abigail's Party, we are outside a 1970s suburban house looking in through the window creating the feeling that we are voyeurs. The window flies out, the house opens up, revealing a sitting room with a blond wood and faux leather furniture décor. The larger than life Beverly is ...

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Abigail’s Party – Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Writer: Mike Leigh Director: Sarah Esdaile Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys If ever there was a play that was well and truly burned into the memory of all those who saw it, Mike Leigh's 1970s masterpiece, Abigail's Party is it. There are few who haven't seen the 1977 BBC Play For Today production of the stage play, who can't recite a plethora of ...

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