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Misalliance – Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond

Writer: George Bernard Shaw Director: Paul Miller Reviewer: Richard Maguire The full title of Bernard Shaw’s 1909 comedy is Misalliance: A Debate in One Sitting, but the Orange Tree has wisely chosen to omit the subtitle of its latest production of lesser-known works by the Irish playwright. There is debate here, but this is a more light-hearted Shaw than we ...

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The Divide Parts 1 and 2 – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

man with woman in full face mask

Writer: Alan Ayckbourn Director: Annabel Bolton Reviewer: S.E. Webster Incredible though it may sound, 2017 is actually Alan Ayckbourn’s debut at the Edinburgh International Festival. The prolific playwright, whose plays have been translated into more than 35 languages, is finally treading the floorboards at the Festival with his new work The Divide. Having united with the Old Vic and handed ...

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The Grapes of Wrath – Nottingham Playhouse

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Writer: Frank Galati adapted from the novel by John Steinbeck Director: Abbey Wright Reviewer:  Claire Going John Steinbeck’s 1939 novel is widely acknowledged as an epic tale of struggle and unity, and Frank Galati’s stage adaptation has been lauded, winning a Tony Award back in 1990.  What a shame, then, that Abbey Wright’s new production of The Grapes of Wrath never quite ...

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I Am Thomas – Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Told by an Idiot Music: Iain Johnstone Lyrics: Simon Armitage Director: Paul Hunter Reviewer: Gareth Davies A little bit of local history is brought to life at the Lyceum as the life of Thomas Aikenhead, the last person to be executed in the UK for blasphemy, is given a vivid, musical-comedy treatment. Described as a brutal comedy with songs, ...

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The Oresteia – HOME, Manchester

Writer: Aeschylus Adaptor: Ted Hughes Director: Blanche McIntyre Reviewer: Dave Cunningham If you’re a theatregoer there are certain types of play that you feel obliged to experience. As the Greeks pretty much introduced theatre to the western world their tragedies are high on the list; but this doesn't make them easy to watch. Aeschylus’ The Oresteia, with themes including the ...

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The Ghost Train – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Writer: Arnold Ridley Director: Paul Hunter Reviewer: Taylor Simmons Reminiscent of The 39 Steps, Arnold Ridley’s The Ghost Train is a 1920s mystery thriller drama which continues to be re-imagined and performed since its London debut in 1925. The story follows a group of travellers who have been stranded at a remote railway station – a station with a dark, ...

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A Farewell to Arms– The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Ernest Hemingway Adaptor/Directors: Andrew Quick and Pete Brooks Reviewer: Dave Cunningham The centenary of World War 1 has been marked the staging of a number of plays that reflect the atrocity of the conflict by emphasising, say, the number of causalities. imitating the dog take a different approach. Their adaptation of A Farewell to Arms is as much a ...

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Othello – Curve, Leicester

Writer: William Shakespeare Adaptors: Scott Graham and Steven Hoggett Director: Scott Graham Frantic Assembly’s reputation as one of the most exciting practitioners in modern theatre is well-deserved. Originally staged in 2008 and winning Scott Graham and Steven Hoggett a TMA Theatre award for best direction, Othello is as fresh and as exciting as it was during the original tour. Othello ...

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