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La Bohème -The Coliseum, London

Composer: Giacomo Puccini Libretto: Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica Director: Jonathan Miller Reviewer: Maryam Philpott If the thought of Christmas trees in November and another whole month of panto, adaptations of A Christmas Carol and tinsel fills you with dread then the English National Opera’s new production of La Bohèmemay be the respite you need. While technically this tragic love story ...

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King Lear – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Jonathan Miller Reviewer: Jo Beggs   So…it seems Barrie Rutter (that’s Rutter to you and me), advocate of all things Yorkshire, Founder and Director of Northern Broadsides, and one of the hardest working actors in the industry, has reached this point in his career. Old enough to play Lear, young enough to still have the stamina ...

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King Lear – Theatre Royal, Bath

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Jonathan Miller Reviewer: Jackson Lawrence The Northern Broadsides theatre company prides itself on retelling classics with a northern voice. The actors speak in their own accents and King Lear is delivered with the same rustic, rugged charm of the north. The show is blunt, honest, simple. However, in a play that is centuries old, which has ...

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INTERVIEW: 10 Minutes with Northern Broadsides Barrie Rutter

The Public Reviews’ Rich Jevons talks to Barrie Rutter, Founder and Artistic Director of Northern Broadsides, about his forthcoming performance as the lead rôle in a Jonathan Miller directed King Lear, following their successful collaboration in Rutherford &Son. How have rehearsals been going? It’s about story-telling and story-acting. Jonathan Miller’s direction is an absolute forensic examination of the human experience, ...

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Alice in Wonderland – St Paul’s Covent Garden, London

Writer: Lewis Carroll Composer and musical director: Candida Caldicot Book: Alice in Wonderland Director: Andrew Lynford Movement director: Stephanie Bradbury Reviewer: Ann Bawtree [rating: 4]   There have been so many theatrical adaptations of ‘Alice’ despite the difficulties of transferring the written word into the physical. From the dreadful Disney version to Jonathan Miller’s still unsurpassed black and white television ...

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Rutherford and Son – St James Theatre, London

Writer: Githa Sowerby Director: Jonathan Miller Reviewer: Stephen Bates [rating:4] Less than a year after first opening its doors, the St James has already established itself as a regular destination for discerning theatre-goers. Its policy of providing a Central London stage for the cream of productions from regional and fringe theatres is yielding rich dividends. There will be few better ...

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Rutherford and Son – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Author: Githa Sowerby Director: Jonathan Miller Reviewer: Bill Avenell [rating:3]   It is a long way from Guildford, even on a wet and very windy night, to the industrial N.E. of England at the turn of the 20th Century. But Isabella Bywater’s set, visible in its sombre gloom to the audience entering the auditorium for this Northern Broadsides production, certainly ...

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Rutherford and Son – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Githa Sowerby Director: Jonathan Miller Reviewer: Helen Jones [rating:4] Northern Broadsides pride themselves on doing classic plays in a northern voice and this current production of Rutherford and Son simply adds further to their successful twenty year history of great theatre. When it was first performed in 1912, Rutherford and Son took London by storm, creating a social storm ...

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