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Educating Rita – Chichester Festival Theatre, Chichester

Writer: Willy Russell Director: Michael Buffong Reviewer: Jane Pink For those of us of what we shall call “a certain age” Educating Rita is fixed firmly in our mind via the hugely successful 1983 film version of Willy Russell’s enduring comedy. For a later generation it has become a classic text studied and performed with great respect and admiration. First ...

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Dawn French: 30 Million Minutes – The Lowry, Salford

Director: Michael Grandage Reviewer: Donna Kelly Believe it or not, 30 Million Minutes is actually Dawn French’s first ever solo tour. The Queen of British comedy may have been entertaining audiences since 1982 as one half of successful female double act French and Saunders, but it’s taken 32 years for the award-winning comedienne to take to the stage on a ...

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Rudy’s Rare Records – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Writer: Danny Robins Director: Paulette Randall Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Rudy’s Rare Records is an institution in Handsworth. Harking back to a bygone age, it is full of vinyl records. It is also in a prime spot for redevelopment. But in these days of instant music downloads, is there a place for such a shop? As Rudy says, you can’t download ...

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WHAT’S HOT – Week beginning 8th September 2014

Theatre’s up and down the country are about to go full tilt with their autumn seasons. War is still a prevalent theme up and down the country celebrating the centenary of World War I, while the war of words and fractious relationships alongside battling personal demons helps to fill in the programming else where. We take a look at just ...

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Fences – Duchess Theatre, London

Writer: August Wilson Director: Paulette Randall Reviewer: Harry Stern [rating:3.5] It is only when Lenny Henry leaves the stage of this absorbing drama of an extended family, living and loving in the Pittsburg of second half of the last century, that you realise the extent of the intensity and raw power of his performance. While he is present he dominates ...

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Fences – Oxford Playhouse

Writer: August Wilson Director: Paulette Randall Reviewer: Mary Tapper [Rating:4] In 2009 Lenny Henry appeared as Othello in a Northern Broadsides production, to widespread critical acclaim, and it is fair to say that since then he has never looked back. 2012 saw him appearing in The Comedy of Errors at The National Theatre and here he is branching out to ...

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Fences – Milton Keynes Theatre

Writer: August Wilson Director: Paulette Randall Reviewer: Maggie Constable [rating:3.5] Recently very much a part of the Comic Relief Red Nose Day fundraising fun, Lenny Henry has also been seen on the West End stage in Othello, a rôle he performed with great presence and utter believability. In Fences, Theatre Royal Bath’s production at Milton Keynes this week, he takes ...

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Fences – Richmond Theatre, London

Writer: August Wilson Director: Paulette Randall Reviewer: Agnes Frimston [rating:2.5] Troy Maxson, the protagonist of August Wilson’s ‘Fences’, tells his sons to take “the crooked with the straights” continuously throughout the play, and it’s a phrase the audience should take to heart too. Set in 1950s Pittsburgh, this 1983 play is about Troy, a 53 year old struggling to make ...

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