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The Double Dealer – Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond

Writer: William Congreve Director: Selina Cadell Reviewer: David Guest Restoration comedies have very much been in vogue this year, with productions at the Donmar,Stratford upon Avon, Chichester and Southwark Playhouse among others. But the scintillating new version of Congreve’s The Double Dealer at the Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond, must be the first to boast socks appeal. Director Selina Cadell shakes the ...

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The Norman Conquests – Chichester Festival Theatre

Writer: Alan Ayckbourn Director: Blanche McIntyre Reviewer: David Guest Seeing just one part of Alan Ayckbourn’s comic trilogy The Norman Conquests, splendidly revived at Chichester Festival Theatre as the final offering in a successful summer season, is like eating only one component part of a trifle: the jelly, sponge, cream or custard alone might offer a tasty treat but when put ...

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Twelfth Night – Lyric, Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Sean Holmes Reviewer: Karen Bussell If you like your Shakespeare in tights and big sleeves, avoid Filter’s recreated Twelfth Night. With music being the food of love (along with pizza and Frosties in this production), it is apt that Illyriais seemingly set in a recording studio with ever present wires, instruments and electronic mixing devices. There’s ...

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Love for Love – The Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

Writer: William Congreve Director: Selina Cadell Reviewer: James Garrington Love for Love was written in the late 17th century – a time when theatres were places for an audience to go and have fun. They were very much part of the action themselves and expected – encouraged even – to take part and enjoy themselves. Theatres and theatrical troupes were ...

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Grand Guignol – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: Carl Grose Director: Simon Stokes Reviewer: Joan Phillips Carl Grose’s Grand Guignol is a play within a play; by a famous playwright or a lunatic; set in Paris or an asylum; played by actors or inmates; or is it? It doesn’t really matter. Enjoy a rollercoaster ride through the macabre world of Grand Guignol and prepare to be shocked, ...

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My Night With Reg – Donmar Warehouse, London

Writer: Kevin Elyot Director: Robert Hastie Reviewer: Scott Matthewman First produced at the Royal Court Theatre 20 years ago, My Night With Reg has become known as one of British mainstream theatre’s first works to address the impact HIV/Aids was having on the gay community. As this falteringly successful revival demonstrates, it’s a reputation that’s not completely undeserved, but it ...

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Twelfth Night – Filter at the Park Theatre, London

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Sean Holmes Reviewer: Harry Stern [rating:3.5] Filter are nothing if not inventive. They have been purveying their particular irreverent theatricality for some time now and this production first conceived in 2007 fits the new-ish Park Theatre like a glove. Shakespeare’s play, too, lends itself to being stripped down despite its complexity and the company has tremendous ...

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Twelfth Night- Tobacco Factory Theatre, Bristol

Writer: William Shakespeare Music &Sound: Tom Haines &Ross Hughes Director: Sean Holmes Reviewer: Jackson Lawrence [Rating:4] Loud, energetic and boisterous, Filter Theatre retells Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night in a brilliantly bizarre manner. The production explodes once again onto the stage arriving at Bristol’s transforming Tobacco Factory Theatre. The play tells the story of Violet who (believing her brother to be dead) ...

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