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Other People’s Money – Southwark Playhouse, London

Writer: Jerry Sterner Director: Katharine Farmer Reviewer: Maryam Philpott “Money is unconditional acceptance” argues Lawrence Garfinkle, the soulless raider from Wall Street who buys flailing companies only to sell off their assets in Jerry Sterner’s 1989 play which became a film two years later. Revived now at the Southwark Playhouse, Other People’s Money is the evocation of the “greed is good” mantra, ...

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The Stepmother – Minerva Theatre, Chichester

Writer: Githa Sowerby Director: Richard Eyre Reviewer: David Jobson Playwright Githa Sowerby was seen as a woman ahead of her time, writing searing plays and novels attacking patriarchal society. It is clear from Richard Eyre’s production of The Stepmother, a play that has languished until recently, how prevalent her feminist ideals were when she wrote this play in 1924, even if the ...

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Present Laughter – Theatre Royal, Bath

Writer: Noël Coward Director: Stephen Unwin Reviewer: Kris Hallett Another night another West. The night after Timothy West climbed the mountain of Lear for the fourth time in his career, his son Sam takes up the gauntlet with his own bravura stage role as Gary Essendine in Noel Coward’s Present Laughter. It’s an old-fashioned barnstorming leading role; hardly off the ...

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Long Day’s Journey Into Night – Bristol Old Vic

Jeremy Irons and Lesley Manville

Writer: Eugene O’Neill Director:Richard Eyre Reviewer:Kris Hallett   It’s a big year for Bristol Old Vic with its 250-year celebration making it the oldest theatre in Britain. It passes this, its showcase event with aplomb; director Richard Eyre, who was inspired to go into the theatre having watched Peter O’Toole’s Hamlet here as a schoolboy, working in the city for ...

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Firebird – Trafalgar Studios, London

The cast of Firebird at Trafalgar Studios

Writer: Phil Davies Director: Edward Hall Reviewer: Madelaine Bowman   After gaining huge success with a sell-out run last year at North London’s Hampstead Theatre, Firebird has arrived on the West End, and it’s just as powerful and harrowing as it was the first time round. Devised in response to the child sex trafficking case that took the UK by ...

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The BFG – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Writer: Roald Dahl Adapter: David Wood Director: Teresa Ludovico Reviewer: Selwyn Knight The BFG is very much a show of two halves. Before the interval, we meet Sophie, who lives in an orphanage overseen by the cruel Mrs Clonkers. Unable to sleep one night, she inadvertently sees something she shouldn’t, and is whisked away by a giant to his cave ...

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Seminar – Hampstead Theatre, London

Writer: Theresa Rebeck Director: Terry Johnson Reviewer: Cavelle Leigh Seminar at the Hampstead Theatre, is a brilliantly written comic tale of four young aspiring writers who are being mentored in a New York apartment by the once legendary novelist Leonard (Roger Allam). But how the mighty have fallen. To their dismay he is now nothing but an egotistical ‘embittered psycho’, ...

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One For The Road – Royal & Derngate, Northampton

Writer: Willy Russell Director: Laurie Sansom Reviewer: Sue Dixon [rating:3.5] One for the Road is considered by some as Willy Russell’s funniest and most poignant plays. It is talented director Laurie Sansom’s last production before leaving to head up the National Theatre of Scotland and part of a run of “Comedy Gold” productions by the Royal and Derngate. And a ...

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