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Nightfall – The Bridge Theatre, London

Writer: Barney Norris Director: Laurie Sansom Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Opening in October last year, the new Bridge Theatre created plenty of excitement, particularly with its plan to focus primarily on new work. The stunning revival of Julius Caesar aside, two new shows in and all that early promise is waning. In the time that Nicholas Hytner’s new auditorium was conceived and ...

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The James Plays – Lyric Theatre Royal, Plymouth

James I – The Key Will Keep The Lock James II – Day of The Innocents James III – The True Mirror Author: Rona Munro Composers: Paul Leonard-Morgan and Will Gregory Director: Laurie Sansom Movement Director: Neil Battles Musical Director: Alasdair Macrae Playwright Rona Munro’s bloodthirsty epic of 15th Century Stewart monarchy is fresh, exciting and eminently watchable – even ...

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INTERVIEW: Peter Forbes on The James Plays

Peter Forbes in The James Plays

Rona Munro’s trilogy, The James Plays, received wide critical acclaim in both Edinburgh and London during 2014. Now the plays, taking an epic look of three of Scotland’s Kings, is touring, visiting Australia, New Zealand and Canada as well as extensive UK dates. Peter Forbes, was in the original company in 2014 and reprised his role as Balvenie for the ...

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The James Plays – Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

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Writer: Rona Munro Director: Laurie Sansom Reviewer: Gareth Davies   Eighteen months after the National Theatre of Scotland staged this modern trilogy of Scottish history plays at the Edinburgh International Festival, the company have reunited for a mammoth six-month international tour. With a collective running time of nearly eight hours, Rona Munro’s epic cycle of stories takes us on a ...

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The Driver’s Seat – Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Muriel Spark Director: Laurie Sansom Reviewer: R G Balgray Mention Muriel Spark, and what do you think of? That’s right, Miss Jean Brodie. And it’s a curious business sitting in an Edinburgh audience, who are all tuned in to that very specific cultural reference. However, Spark wrote many other pieces, and this – atypically – is set in Italy. ...

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One For The Road – Royal & Derngate, Northampton

Writer: Willy Russell Director: Laurie Sansom Reviewer: Sue Dixon [rating:3.5] One for the Road is considered by some as Willy Russell’s funniest and most poignant plays. It is talented director Laurie Sansom’s last production before leaving to head up the National Theatre of Scotland and part of a run of “Comedy Gold” productions by the Royal and Derngate. And a ...

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Hedda Gabler – Royal & DerngateTheatre, Northampton

Director: Laurie Sansom Adapter: Andrew Upton (from the play by Henrik Ibsen) Reviewer: Sue Dixon [rating:4.5] Hedda Gabler, written by Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen in 1890, first opened in Germany in 1891 to negative reviews. Not so in Northampton in 2012. This was an amazing and hugely engaging performance. This interpretation of Hedda Gabler forms part of a trilogy of ...

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Blood Wedding – Royal & Derngate Theatre, Northampton

Writer: Tommy Murphy, adapted from the original by Frederico Garcia Lorca Director: Laurie Sansom Composer: Dougal Irvine Reviewer: Maggie Constable [rating:3] Adapted by award-winner Tommy Murphy, tonight saw the world premiere of his version of Blood Wedding, Frederico Garcia Lorca’s moving masterpiece, at the Royal Theatre. Blood Wedding is a tragedy that plays out the conflict between individual wishes and ...

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