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Gulliver’s Travels – Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Writer: Jonathan Swift Adapters: Satinder Chohan & Mike Kenny Directors: Elizabeth Newman & Ben Occhipinti Reviewer: Jay Nuttall There are big things happening in Queen’s Park in Bolton over the next couple of weeks. The Octagon Theatre’s outdoor, promenade production of Gulliver’s Travels lands ashore with lots of silliness, a vast community chorus and one giant puppet! The story of ...

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A Christmas Carol – The Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Writer: Charles Dickens Adapter: Neil Duffield Director: Ben Occhipinti Reviewer: Jay Nuttall It may still be November but Christmas shows up and down the country are beginning to open and none are quite as Christmassy as Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. With early evening performance times of seven o’clock and a running time of just under two hours, this production ...

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To Kill a Mockingbird ­- Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Writer: Harper Lee Adaptor: Christopher Sergel Director: Elizabeth Newman Reviewer: May Mellstrom Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize­winning novel To Kill a Mockingbird was published in 1960 and quickly became a literary classic, achieving both immediate and continued success throughout the decades that followed. It resulted in an on Oscar-­winning film adaptation soon after in 1962, however, it took playwright Christoper Sergel ...

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The Family Way (All in Good Time) – The Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Writer: Bill Naughton Director: Elizabeth Newman Reviewer: Dave Cunningham   The rising price of property is making acquiring a home increasingly difficult for the younger generation. Which brings an unexpected contemporary relevance to Bill Naughton’s 1966 social comedy The Family Way. The stress of residing with their in-laws Ezra (David Birrell) and Lucy Fitton (Barbara Drennan) has an unfortunate effect ...

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Dead Simple – Hall for Cornwall, Truro

Writer: Peter James Adaptor: Shaun McKenna Director: Ian Talbot Reviewer: Joan Phillips The latest of Peter James’ murder mystery crime best-sellers adapted for the stage is called Dead Simple. But with more twists and turns than a bowl of spaghetti, it is anything but. Michael Harrison (played by Jamie Lomas) seems to have it all: a successful business; beautiful fiancée; ...

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Dead Simple – Milton Keynes Theatre

Writer: Peter James Adapted by Shaun McKenna Director: Ian Talbot Reviewer: Maggie Constable Last year, audiences at Milton Keynes Theatre gave Peter James’ first staging of one of his novels, The Perfect Murder, a top rating. What will it be this week as we experience Dead Simple by the acclaimed writer, directed by award-winner Ian Talbot? We pretty soon discover ...

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Dead Simple – New Theatre, Cardiff

Writer: Peter James Director: Ian Talbot Reviewer: Barbara Michaels Murder most foul is what one expects from the pen of best-selling author of whodunits, Peter James. This stage adaptation of James’ most famous book, directed by Olivier Award-winner Ian Talbot, does not disappoint. Michael Harrison is riding high with a great career, loads of friends and a beautiful fiancée – ...

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Peter James’ Dead Simple – Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Writer: Peter James Adaptor: Shaun McKenna Director: Ian Talbot Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys There's something satisfying about a good old theatrical thriller that drags you to the edge of your seat and keeps you there until the curtain falls. And that's what Shaun McKenna achieves in his second adaptation of a Peter James crime novel: following on the heels of last ...

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