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A Woman of No Importance – Richmond Theatre, London

Writer: Oscar Wilde Director: Dominic Dromgoole Reviewer: Scott Matthewman A Woman of No Importance has been described as one of Oscar Wilde’s lesser works. Certainly, it has never tapped into the public consciousness the way that The Importance of Being Earnest has done, nor has it introduced such engaging metaphorical concepts as the eponymous portrait in the attic in The Picture of ...

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Mary’s Babies – Jermyn St Theatre, London

Writer: Maud Dromgoole Director: Tatty Hennessy Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty Thank god for the snappy set and lighting design here - with 39 named characters and two actors it had the potential to all go a bit 39 Steps. Keeping each speaker separate, identifiable and interesting as the play goes on is a challenge - but by deploying the simple technique ...

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Over The Top – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Writer: Nick Walker Director: Katy Stephens Reviewer: Nicole Craft ‘Please be reassured that tonight we will not be rationing the jokes!’ This is the promise on the flyer for this year’s ‘alternative pantomime’ offering from Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre which, over the last six years, has made the ‘anti-panto’ a recurring event in its festive calendar. Some of the previous efforts ...

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Macbeth – Tobacco Factory, Bristol

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Adele Thomas Designer: Anisha Fields Lighting: Matthew Graham Sound: Max Pappenheim Reviewer: Leah Tozer Macbeth at the Tobacco Factory opens as one of Emily Dickinson’s famous works, about a fly interposing indifferently as death falls on its speaker, ends: ‘with Blue – uncertain – stumbling Buzz –’: the lighting is stark cyan, the space dark, and ...

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The Good, The Bad and The Ugly Sisters – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Writer: Nick Walker Directors: Nick Walker and Emma Rabbits Reviewer: Nicole Craft Four women, I mean guys, about to have a shoot-out at high-noon to find out who gets to open the treasure chest that they found after digging up the Deputy Sheriff's wife's grave, the location of which is revealed by the actual Sheriff's sister who was tracked down in Bedworth ...

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Othello – The Northcott Theatre, Exeter

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Richard Twyman Reviewer: Charlotte Robson Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory open their performance of William Shakespeare's iconic tale of envy with a stark and empty set, its barren floors and deceptively cavernous depth laying the scene for an Othello every bit as sharp – and as tragically hollow at its core. The heart of Shakespeare's tragedy ...

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Othello – Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Richard Twyman Reviewer: Claire Hayes Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory (SATTF)’s new version of Othello brings the Bard’s tragedy of malign manipulation and jealous, destructive rage right into the present-day. It’s immediately apparent that the entrenched racism, misogyny and religious intolerance of the 16th century still resonates in a setting of mobiles, microphones and concrete basement ...

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Theatre Royal, Bath

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Laurence Boswell Reviewer: Claire Hayes Blue-daubed fairies prance and writhe, furious lovers claw and fight under a huge forest moon as one of Shakespeare’s best-loved comedies – the one so many of us cut our teeth on at school - is given a captivatingly contemporary and imaginative treatment in this new production from the Theatre Royal ...

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