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Sherlock Holmes and the Sign of Four – Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh

Based on the novel by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Writer & Director: Nick Lane Reviewer: Dominic Corr Missing jewels, murder, romance and a chap with a wooden leg. If it wasn’t Sherlock Holmes, it would have to be something equally as impossible. Sherlock Holmes and the Sign of Four has our residents of Baker Street encounter Watson's future wife Mary ...

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Sherlock Holmes: The Sign of Four – Theatre Royal, Wakefield

Writer: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Adapted by: Nick Lane Director: Nick Lane Composer: Tristan Parkes Designers: Victoria Spearing (set), Naomi Gibbs (costume) Reviewer: Ron Simpson Nick Lane’s reputation as an adaptor of classic novels and novellas is secure in Yorkshire, with his excellent work for Hull Truck and the Stephen Joseph in particular, and his production of Sherlock Holmes: The ...

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Sherlock Holmes: The Sign Of Four – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Writer: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Adaptor and Director: Nick Lane Reviewer: Steve Turner The second of Conan Doyle’s series of Sherlock Holmes novels, The Sign of Four is a slightly surprising choice for a stage treatment as it is built around a complex storyline incorporating flashbacks to various past episodes. Utilising some clever character changes and sticking close to the ...

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The Unexpected Guest – The Mill at Sonning

Writer: Agatha Christie Director: Brian Blessed Reviewer: Christie-Luke Jones The Unexpected Guest is a classic Agatha Christie murder mystery set in a fog-shrouded 1950’s South Wales. One-time big-game hunter Richard Warwick, now in a wheelchair after having been mauled by a lion in Kenya, is found dead in his study by Michael Starkwedder (Séan Browne), the show’s staccato-voiced titular character. ...

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Echoes – Zoo, Edinburgh

Writer: Neil Smith Director: Ross Drury Reviewer: David Doyle Neil Smith’s domestic horror Echoescertainly delivers on its premise, in an interesting and incredibly intense production by Living Record. Set in an isolated house in the countryside, the show follows Helene and John as they reunite, interrogate the actions of their past, and battle for their daughter. It’s an intriguing piece ...

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Henry V – Theatre Royal, Wakefield

Poster Image of Henry V at Theatre Royal Wakefield

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Scott Ellis Designer: Florence Hazard Lighting: Christopher Nairne Reviewer: Ron Simpson Merely Theatre’s approach to Shakespeare is highly inventive, imaginative and very fast. The company’s publicity describes its stripped back productions as having “no gauche sets, frilly collars or fussy props”. True, but on the evidence of Henry V, they do have quite a lot of ...

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That Is All You Need To Know – Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Devised and written by: the Company (with dramaturgy by Lotte Wakeham) Directors: Paul Slater and Kate Stanley Reviewer: Joan Phillips Idle Motion’s That is All You Need to Know has it all. A cracking new story, some great characters, good acting and spectacular multi-media staging. That is All You Need to Know is the story of one of the best ...

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Pulse Festival: That Is All You Need To Know – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Co-devisers: Chris Bone and Nicholas Pitt Directors: Paul Slater and Kate Stanley Reviewer: Glen Pearce   One of the unexpected side effects of the recent anniversaries of the start of both the First and Second World Wars is the recognition that the stories from these conflicts need to be captured and preserved. It’s not only the soldier’s tales from the ...

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