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Toast  – The Other Palace, London

Writer: Henry Filloux-Bennett Director:  Jonnie Riordan Reviewer:  Richard Maguire While not quite based on a recipe book, Toast is, instead, an adaptation of celebrity chef Nigel Slater’s autobiography of 2004. Of course, food and cooking are major themes of this play that has travelled from Salford via the Edinburgh Fringe, but Toast is more a nostalgic reflection of a 60s/70s childhood. ...

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Godiva Rocks – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Writer: Alan Pollock Director: Hamish Glen Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Coventry has a rich pop heritage and Godiva Rocks seeks to mine that looking at two periods in particular – the mid 1960s and early 1980s when Coventry-based performers like Vince Hill, Frank Ifield, Beverley Jones in the 1960s and, later, the whole 2 Tone phenomenon of the 1980s as well ...

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Trevor Nunn Reviewer: Glen Pearce In 1957 an Ipswich teenager directed his first play at the High Street Exhibition Gallery in the Town. Hamlet was perhaps an ambitious debut but, given that the young director was destined to become the youngest Artistic Director of The RSC, not surprising. Over the following 59 years, Trevor Nunn has ...

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Laila the Musical – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer and Director: Pravesh Kumar Composer: Sumeet Chopra Lyricist: Dougal Irvine Reviewer: Paul Couch   In this, the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, it is perhaps fitting that a work that inspired him has been re-imagined for a modern-day audience. Laila The Musical is cleverly bookended with modern scenes to create a contemporary frame but its core ...

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The Sisterhood – The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Julia Watson, Katherine Manners, Paul Trussell & Joanna Roth in The Sisterhood from Coventry'a Belgrade theatre

Writer: Ranjit Bolt, adapted from Molière’s Les Femmes Savantes Director: Hamish Glen Reviewer: Selwyn Knight   Molière’s Les Femmes Savantes, a satire on academic pretension and female education, was written and premiered in the late 17th century. Ranjit Bolt has translated it and relocated the action to the 1980s, the decade of the yuppie; a good choice given the characters’ ...

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Lady Anna: All At Sea – Park Theatre, London

Writer: Craig Baxter Director: Colin Blumenau Reviewer: Edie Ranvier   It’s 1871. On board the SS Great Britain, bound for Australia, Anthony Trollope (Victorian England’s anticipatory answer to Philippa Gregory) is working on his thirtieth novel, Lady Anna, at a tidy rate of nine pages a day before breakfast. The story unfolds over supper as he recounts his tale to ...

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The History Boys – Grand Opera House, York

Writer: Alan Bennett Director: Kate Saxon Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Alan Bennett’s multi award winning The History Boys is currently playing to theatres nationwide. It is about a class of eight boys who have sat their A’ Levels and are staying an extra term with an aim of getting into Oxford University. Set in the 1980s, and era recognised by the ...

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Deranged Marriage – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer and Director: Pravesh Kumar Producer: Rifco and Watford Palace Theatre Reviewer: David Gann Duty or love? We dutifully clapped, and some loved it. A response to The Deranged Marriage needs to acknowledge a cultural perspective. This production, whatever else one may say, achieved a heart-warming shift of ethnicity in the Leeds going theatre audience. There is a script that ...

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