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Napoleon Disrobed – Arcola Theatre, London

Adapted by: Told by an Idiot Director: Kathryn Hunter Reviewer: Maryam Philpott The twentieth-century was full of conspiracy theories; while some dealt with faked moon landings and the Roswell cover-up, most of the believed skulduggery surrounded the deaths of famous celebrities – Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, John F Kennedy, even Princess Diana were so famous they couldn’t possibly have died ...

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Napoleon Disrobed – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: Told By An Idiot based on a novel by Simon Leys Director: Kathryn Hunter Reviewer: Joan Phillips Napoleon Disrobed imagines the possibility that Napoleon escapes from St Helena and attempts to return to his supporters in France in order to reclaim the Emperor’s throne. Based on the book The Death of Napoleon by Simon Leys this foray into the ...

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Out of Blixen – Print Room at the Coronet, London

Dramaturg/writer: Paul Tickell Director: Kathryn Hunter Reviewer: Stephen Bates Most of us know very little about the writer Karen Blixen, her name conjuring up only images of Meryl Streep gliding above the Serengeti in a small plane piloted by Robert Redford. It is probable that Out of Africa was once screened at the art deco Coronet that has become the home of ...

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The House of Bernarda Alba – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Kathryn Hunter in House of Bernado Alba

Writer: Frederico Garcia Lorca Translator/Adaptor: Jo Clifford Director: Jenny Sealey Reviewer: Katherine Kirwin Lorca’s final play is brought to the Royal Exchange in a co-production with the disabled-led company Graeae in a stirring all-female production spearheaded by Kathryn Hunter. Hunter commanders the circular stage as the matriarch Bernarda who demands obedience from her household as she imposes an eight-year period ...

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The Emperor – HOME, Manchester

Writer: Ryszard Kapuściński Adaptor: Colin Teevan Director: Walter Meierjohann Reviewer: Donna Kelly Following the international success ofKafka’s Monkey, Kathryn Hunter reunites with Colin Teevan and Walter Meierjohann to take on Ryszard Kapuściński’s extraordinary tale of corruption, greed and the collapse of absolute power. Based on the 1978 book of the same name, The Emperor tells the story of the decline ...

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The Emperor – Young Vic, London

Writer: Ryszard Kapuscinski (adapted by Colin Teevan) Director: Walter Meierjihann Reviewer: Maryam Philpott ‘The art of government’ has troubled rulers for thousands of years; the difficulty of balancing internal demands, international relations, the economy, the shifting political factions and the numerous personalities involved in managing a realm is no mean feat, and no sooner do you please one group then ...

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Cyrano de Bergerac – Southwark Playhouse, London

The Cast of Cyrano De Bergerac at Southwark Playhouse

Writer: Edmond Rostand Adaptor: Glyn Maxwell Director: Russell Bolam Reviewer: Maryam Philpott   In a society where we are constantly bombarded with images of perfection, it’s useful to be reminded that physical attractiveness is a passing phase and true beauty is to be found within. Edmond Rostand’s late 19th Century play about Cyrano de Bergerac does this by giving its ...

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Kafka’s Monkey – Home, Manchester

Writer: Adapted by Colin Teevan from Franz Kafka’s story Director: Walter Meierjohann Reviewer: Iain Sykes Franz Kafka’s dark short story, A Report to the Academy, in which a captured ape named Red Peter gives a lecture to a learned society on how he taught himself to become human in order to survive in his new world, is compellingly brought to ...

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