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Swallows and Amazons – York Theatre Royal

Writer: Arthur Ransome Adapted by: Helen Edmundson Composer: Neil Hannon Co-Directors: Damian Cruden, John R. Wilkinson Designer: Katie Sykes Musical Director: Kieran Buckeridge Reviewer: Ron Simpson Arthur Ransome’s classic children’s novel, published in 1930, presents three major problems in stage adaptation and performance. Much of the action involves careering about in small boats; the main characters are all children, the youngest ...

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Swallows and Amazons – Theatre Royal, York

Writer: Arthur Ransome Adapter: Helen Edmundson Composer: Neil Hannon Co-Directors:  Damian Cruden, John R. Wilkinson Designer: Katie Sykes Musical Director: Kieran Buckeridge Reviewer: Ron Simpson Arthur Ransome’s classic children’s novel, published in 1930, presents three major problems in stage adaptation and performance. Much of the action involves careering about in small boats; the main characters are all children, the youngest ...

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Stick Man – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Julia Donaldson Adapter: Scamp Theatre Director: Sally Cookson Reviewer: Jay Nuttall Theatre companies and producers must jump for joy upon learning they have acquired the theatrical rights to a popular children’s bedtime book. With companies like Tall Stories eternally producing favourites like The Gruffalo and Room on the Broom, big business can be made from small picture books. Scamp ...

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Jane Eyre – Milton Keynes Theatre

JANE EYRE UK Tour 2017 Royal National Theatre

Writer: Sally Cookson from the novel by Charlotte Bronte Director: Sally Cookson Reviewer: Maggie Constable Milton Keynes Theatre welcomes Jane Eyre this week on the 170th anniversary of the first publication of Charlotte Brontë’s celebrated novel. Bristol Old Vic, working with The National Theatre, has brought Sally Cookson’s clever reinterpretation of the timeless love story to the stage. This ground-breaking ...

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Jane Eyre – Richmond Theatre, London

JANE EYRE UK Tour 2017 Royal National Theatre

Writer: Charlotte Bronte Director: Sally Cookson Reviewer: Ann Bawtree This production of the well-loved, iconic Victorian novel, Jane Eyre, was first staged at the Bristol Old Vic before its transfer to the Lyttleton in September 2015 followed by a tour to theatres all over the United Kingdom and, at one point, to Hong Kong. The set is eminently transportable, comprising ...

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La Strada – The Lowry, Salford

Writer in the room: Mike Akers Based on work of: Federico Fellini, Ennio Flaiano & Tullio Pinelli Director: Sally Cookson Reviewer: John Roberts Based on the Oscar-winning film by renowned visual director Federico Fellini, Sally Cookson’s devised adaptation of La Strada welcomes you into the story of the quiet and naive Gelsomina (Audrey Brisson) with open arms and then slowly ...

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The Two Gentlemen of Verona – Liverpool Everyman

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Nick Bagnall Reviewer: John Roberts Let's get the obvious out of the way... The Two Gentlemen of Verona isn't Shakespeare's finest play; it lacks the finesse in both structure and wit shown in his later works and it's easy to see why scholars have argued that this is potentially the first work of a very young ...

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Two Gentlemen of Verona – The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Saint Austell

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Nick Bagnall Reviewer: Marina Spark Shakespeare's Globe and the Liverpool Everyman &Playhouse present Shakespeare's Two Gentlemen of Verona at Kneehigh's Asylum tent this summer. The Asylum tent sits in an idyllic, isolated corner of Cornwall nestled in the grounds of the Lost Gardens of Heligan. This alternative theatre space houses the sparsely filled stage with ease ...

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