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Light Falls- The Royal Exchange, Manchester

Writer: Simon Stephens Director: Sarah Frankcom Composer: Jarvis Cocker Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Sarah Frankcom bows out as Artistic Director of The Royal Exchange not with a star-studded bang but an intimate, bittersweet family drama that has surprising bursts of humour and bags of charm. Christine (Rebecca Manley) is an alcoholic whose grown-up children have scattered to various northern towns. In ...

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Absolute Hell – National Theatre, London

Writer: Rodney Ackland Director: Joe Hill-Gibbins Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Absolute Hell’s reputation as an epic play is drawn, in part, from failure. Originally produced in 1952 as The Pink Room, Rodney Ackland’s tale of sexual fluidity amid Soho drinking society could not delve as deeply as the playwright wanted, due to the Lord Chamberlain’s censorious grip on the stage. Revised ...

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The Plough and the Stars – National Theatre, London

Writer: Sean O’Casey Co-Directors: Jeremy Herrin, Howard Davies Reviewer: Karl O’Doherty Even for a play about collateral damage during an armed urban conflict, there’s a surprising amount of violence in Sean O’Casey’s 1926 play. Set in November 1915 and Easter 1916 in inner city Dublin, there’s plenty of shots fired and scuffles as pressure rises, but the most shocking moment ...

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A View from the Bridge – Liverpool Playhouse

Author: Arthur Miller Director: Charlotte Gwinner Reviewer: David Noble Unlike Shakespeare, Arthur Miller is one of those playwrights who you really feel it would be hard to butcher. The plot is simplistic, clear and precise; the themes are strident and bold, and the action builds to a usually wonderful crescendo of painful truths. Absolutely, you can make interesting set decisions ...

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NEWS: Liverpool’s Everyman Theatre announces re:opening season

Following an extensive multi-million pound refurbishment Liverpool’s Everyman theatre will re-open its doors in March 2014 with an exciting season, which celebrates the very fabric of this historic theatrical venue. Executive Director Deborah Aydon said: “After ten years’ planning and two years’ construction we are thrilled to be able to announce the Everyman’s reawakening. We have a very busy few ...

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Boris Godunov – Swan Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford upon Avon

Writer: Alexander Pushkin, adapted by Adrian Mitchell Music: John Woolf Director: Michael Boyd Reviewer: Selwyn Knight [rating:4.5] Alexander Pushkin wrote Boris Godunov around 1825. It was always intended as an attack on the Russia of the time, but, then as now, attacking the status quo could be a dangerous thing, so his message was thinly disguised as a historical piece, ...

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