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Parliament Square – Bush Theatre, London

Writer: James Fritz Director: Jude Christian Reviewer: Maryam Philpott In the political whirlwind of the last two years, the value of individual protest seems to be even more pertinent than when James Fritz won the Bruntwood Award for Playwriting in 2015. Whether it’s one victim being the first to speak publicly about enduring sexual misconduct that inspires other complainants, or ...

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Night Watch – The Royal Exchange, Manchester

Jodie McNee in The Night Watch

Writer: Sarah Waters Adaptor: Hattie Naylor Director: Rebecca Gatward Reviewer: Dave Cunningham The novel Night Watch, written by Sarah Waters, concerns a group of people who, in wartime Britain, are compelled to live in shadows: lesbians, failed suicides, conscientious objectors and women pregnant out of wedlock. Kay (Jodie McNee) a depressed former ambulance driver is helped to see herself in ...

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Inkheart – HOME, Manchester

Writer: Cornelia Funke Adaptor: Stephen Sharkey &Walter Meierjohann Director: Walter Meierjohann Reviewer: Peter Jacobs   Inkheart is a new theatre show – ideal for Christmas but not a ‘Christmas’ show – based on the best-selling young adult novel of the same name by Cornelia Funke and adapted for the stage by Stephen Sharkey and Walter Meierjohann. The first family show at Manchester’s still-new HOME, ...

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Dial M for Murder – Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Writer: Frederick Knott Director: Lucy Bailey Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Those theatre-goers lured by the draw of the nameAlfred Hitchcock attached to this productionwill not be disappointed by this, the stage original. Indeed, Hitchcock filmed his first colour movie almost word for word from Alfred Knott’s adaptation of his own play and despite claims by director Lucy Bailey that rather thanseeking ...

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Dial M for Murder – New Theatre, Cardiff

Writer: Frederick Knott Director: Lucy Bailey Reviewer: Chris Williams Going in to this production of Dial M for Murder one wonders how many members of the audience know that this famous Hitchcock, Grace Kelly-starrer – that even utilised gimmicky 3D – started life as a stage play. In this age of classic TV and films being rewritten for the stage ...

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Dial M for Murder – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Writer: Frederick Knott Director: Lucy Bailey Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Glancing at the posters for Dial M for Murder, one might imagine this is the latest in a line of plays adapted from successful films. In fact, that would be the very opposite of the truth: the play was written over sixty years ago before being adapted by the playwright for ...

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Dial M For Murder – Opera House, Manchester

Writer: Frederick Knott Director: Lucy Bailey Reviewer: Craig Hepworth Alfred Hitchcock’sDial M for Murder, that’s how the new touring version of the classic stage thriller is billed, somewhat misleading considering the stage play by writer Frederick Knott came first, clearly this is a marketing tool to get people through the door, but once inside does the play drum up a ...

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Dial M for Murder, Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Writer: Frederick Knott Director: Lucy Bailey Reviewer: Pete Benson Dial M for Murder is a murder mystery play written by Frederick Knott which was then thrust onto the international stage by Alfred Hitchcock’s 1954 film starring Ray Milland and Grace Kelly in the lead rôles. Even though the play is now over sixty years old, the director Lucy Bailey does ...

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