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Rough Crossing – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: Tom Stoppard Director: Rachel Kavanaugh Reviewer: Kelyn Luther Rough Crossing is freely adapted from Ferenc Molnar’s The Play at The Castle, previously adapted by PG Wodehouse. However, Stoppard’s take is somewhat closer to that of Noël Coward. Set on a cruise liner in the thirties, playwright Turai (John Partridge) is working on his new play, but is forced to ...

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Benidorm Live – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Venue: Theatre Royal Plymouth Writer: Derren Litten Director: Ed Curtis Reviewer: Kelyn Luther Having been axed after 10 years, one of ITV’s most successful sitcoms of recent years comes to the stage for a national tour - a bit of Spanish sun in the biting October weather. The secret of Benidorm’s success is that the comedy is a throwback to ...

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War Horse – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: Nick Stafford, adapted from the novel by Michael Morpurgo Directors: Marianne Elliot and Tom Morris Reviewer: Kelyn Luther This tenth-year anniversary tour coincides with the centenary year of the end of WWI, so it’s a poignant time see War Horse back in Plymouth again. One of the National Theatre’s most successful productions, the play begins when farmer’s son Albert ...

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An Officer and a Gentleman – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Book: Douglas Day Stewart & Sharleen Cooper Cohen Musical Supervision: Sarah Travis Director: Nikolai Foster Reviewer: Kelyn Luther It should have been an ill omen that when this film was originally turned into a musical, it only ran for six weeks. At least songwriters Ken Hirsch and Robin Lerner had a go by giving it original songs - this new ...

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Macbeth – Royal William Yard, Plymouth

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Jo Loyn Reviewer: Kelyn Luther 2018 marks the fourth year of ‘Bard in the Yard’- Barbican Theatre’s summer Shakespeare production staged outdoors in the ‘secret garden’ of Residence One, Royal William Yard. Having previously staged only comedies in this way, Macbeth might seem like an odd choice - after all, the foreboding gloom of Scotland doesn’t ...

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Summer Holiday – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: Adapted by Michael Gyngell and Mark Haddigan from Ronald Cass and Peter Myers’ original screenplay Director: Racky Plews (also choreographer) Reviewer: Kelyn Luther Starring: Ray Quinn, Bobby Crush Based on the British holiday classic Summer Holiday, this stage adaptation crams even more of Cliff’s classic tunes into the film’s rather odd plot. A group of young mechanics who are ...

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Winter Solstice – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: Roland Schimmerlpfennig Translator: David Tushingham Director: Alice Malin Reviewer: Kelyn Luther It’s Christmas Eve; all is not calm and the night is far from silent. Roland Schimmelpfennig’s play is a well-constructed comedy in the vein of Alan Ayckbourn and it’s easy to see why Schimmelpfennig is the most performed playwright in Germany. The farce and domestic squabble translate well ...

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Hamlet – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Simon Godwin Reviewer: Kelyn Luther Just as many of Hamlet’s lines have now become clichéd, the look of a Hamlet production has also become somewhat clichéd; drably set in a vaguely futuristic police state. However, this vivid RSC production blows the cobwebs off. Hamlet’s youth is emphasised during the opening scene as we watch a glimpse ...

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