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Rebus: Long Shadows – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Writer: Ian Rankin Adaptor: Rona Munro Director: Robin Lefevre Reviewer: Alice Fowler "Winners and losers, John: that’s what it all comes down to." So opines John Rebus’s old adversary, ‘Big Ger’ Cafferty, in this suspenseful new Rebus tale, written by Ian Rankin for the stage. Loathsome crime boss Cafferty, superbly played by John Stahl, is firmly on the up. Surveying ...

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Rebus: Long Shadows – The Opera House Manchester

Writers: Ian Rankin and Rona Munro Director: Robin Lefevre Reviewer: Ruth Gerrard Ian Rankin has treated theatre audiences to a brand new outing for his much loved woebegone detective John Rebus (Charles Lawson). Now retired from the force; this new piece picks up an even more morose, shuffling older figure of a man now with more time on his hands to ...

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Rebus: Long Shadows – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Ian Rankin Adaption: Rona Munro Director: Robin Lefevre Reviewer: Tom Ralphs Edinburgh’s favourite detective comes home. Over thirty years after he first appeared in print and ten years since he was last seen on TV, notwithstanding repeats, Rebus has finally made it on to the stage. Whether it was worth the wait is open to question. Long Shadows is ...

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Rebus: Long Shadows – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Writers: Ian Rankin and Rona Munro Director: Robin Lefevre Reviewer: James Garrington Detective Inspector John Rebus has retired. Or at least, that’s the theory. Then the daughter of a murder victim suddenly appears on the stairs outside his flat, and he’s drawn back into his past. Haunted by the memories of cases that went unsolved, he throws himself back into ...

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Waiting for Godot – Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

Writer: Samuel Beckett Director: Mark Rosenblatt Designer: Janet Bird Reviewer: Ron Simpson Tobacco Factory Theatres’ production of Waiting for Godot, in Scarborough at the end of a short tour, aims to remove some of the preconceptions and misconceptions surrounding the play, sometimes in defiance of Beckett’s own views, but retaining its essence. By and large, it works. Waiting for Godot ...

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The Winter’s Tale  – Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Max Webster Composer: Alasdair Macrae Reviewer: S.E. Webster Spring, summer, autumn, winter.  Whatever the season audiences everywhere will be guaranteed at least one production of a Shakespearean drama. The vogue for transporting Shakespeare to new settings shows no sign of waning. Thus it is on the crest of this particular theatrical wave that Edinburgh’s Royal Lyceum ...

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Father Comes Home From The Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3) – Royal Court, London

Writer: Suzan-Lori Parks Director: Jo Bonney Reviewer: Maryam Philpott ‘It’s natural for a man to want to go to War’ and Suzan Lori-Parks’ 2014 play, making its UK debut at the Royal Court, focuses on the struggle between being a good man in a domestic setting and a worthy soldier. That idea is considerably more complex when the man in ...

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The James Plays – Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

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Writer: Rona Munro Director: Laurie Sansom Reviewer: Gareth Davies   Eighteen months after the National Theatre of Scotland staged this modern trilogy of Scottish history plays at the Edinburgh International Festival, the company have reunited for a mammoth six-month international tour. With a collective running time of nearly eight hours, Rona Munro's epic cycle of stories takes us on a ...

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