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Tree – Upper Campfield Market, Manchester

Creators: Idris Elba & Kwame Kwei-Armah   Director: Kwame Kwei-Armah   Reviewer: Jay Nuttall   An umbrella of questionable ethics has become Tree’s canopy in the lead up to the opening of one of Manchester International Festival’s flagship productions. A high-profile disagreement between creatives and the role they should or should not be credited with has pushed this production into ...

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Fatherland – Lyric Theatre Hammersmith, London

Co-author and writer: Simon Stephens Co-author and composer: Karl Hyde Co-author and director: Scott Graham Reviewer: Stephen Bates Masculism has perhaps become unfashionable at a time when, rightly, the movement for gender equality has gained urgent momentum. This new 90-minute piece, presented by Frantic Assembly as part of the London International Festival of Theatre (LIFT), brings the male of the ...

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Hamlet – Milton Keynes Theatre

Libretto: Matthew Jocelyn  Music: Brett Dean Director: Neil Armfield Reviewer: Maggie Constable The disturbed, nay tormented, Hamlet, eponymous hero of Glyndebourne’s acclaimed opera, seeks revenge for his beloved father’s death and so begins one of the most infamous Shakespearean tragedies of all time at Milton Keynes Theatre tonight. It is worse still when poor, beleaguered Hamlet discovers the culprit of the King ...

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MIF 2017: Fatherland – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester 

Men with arms in the air

Writer: Scott Graham, Karl Hyde, Simon Stephens Music: Karl Hyde Director: Scott Graham Reviewer: Jo Beggs Scott Graham, Karl Hyde and Simon Stephens all went home. Back to their scattered hometowns, those places long left behind but which had shaped their childhoods and their lives. In Corby, Kidderminster, and Stockport they interviewed men about their fathers and their sons. Some ...

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King Charles III – Theatre Royal, Norwich

Robert Powell as King Charles III

Writer: Mike Bartlett Director: Rupert Goold Reviewer: Paul Couch   ”The Queen is dead – Long Live The King!” Not so long ago, such was the reverence offered to the Royal Family, a depiction of this event on stage would have been unthinkable. No so with Mike Bartlett’s “Fakespearean” epic, King Charles III, which premiered at the Almeida Theatre in ...

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King Charles III – Oxford Playhouse

Robert Powell as King Charles III

Writer: Mike Bartlett Director: Rupert Goold Reviewer: Fergus Morgan It has been pronounced by critics and audiences alike, confirmed by hosts of awards, and emphasised by transfers to the West End and Broadway, but it is worth saying once more that Mike Bartlett’s King Charles III is an astonishing play. Imagining the not-so-distant future when the death of Elizabeth II ...

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King Charles III – Milton Keynes Theatre

Robert Powell as King Charles III

Writer: Mike Bartlett Director: Rupert Goold with Whitney Mosery Reviewer: Maggie Constable Direct to Milton Keynes from an acclaimed, sell-out run at the Almeida Theatre in London we have this week a royal visit, none other than King Charles III, in the form of a ‘future history’ play cleverly penned by Mike Bartlett. The play has received much praise in ...

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King Charles III – Theatre Royal Nottingham

Writer: Mike Bartlett Director: Rupert Goold with Whitney Mosery Reviewer: Laura Jayne Bateman   Described by director Rupert Goold as ‘a future history play’, King Charles III imagines what might happen when Queen Elizabeth II, now Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, dies and is succeeded by the Prince of Wales. The play premiered at London’s Almeida Theatre in 2014, and such was ...

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