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Curtains – Rose Theatre, Kingston Upon Thames

Writer: Stephen Bill Director: Lindsay Posner Reviewer: Stephen Bates A 2012 survey revealed that there is a much higher probability that people over 60 will die on their own birthdays than on any other day of the year. In Stephen Bill’s play, things are not looking good for Ida, whose family are gathering round to celebrate her 86th, bearing greetings ...

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Babette’s Feast – Print Room at the Coronet, London

Black woman with candelabra behind her

Writer: Karen Blixen Adaptor: Glyn Maxwell Director: Bill Buckhurst Reviewer: Stephen Bates Beginning "In a place no one knows...at the end of the world...", Karen Blixen's Babette's Feast sets off on a "once upon a time" road, establishing itself as a fable/fairy tale at least one move away from reality. We learn that, in this idyllic place, two sisters and their ...

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The Crucible – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Writer: Arthur Miller Director: Caroline Steinbies Reviewer: Abbie Rippon When first released, Arthur Miller’s classic play The Crucible opened to nervous whisperings and an undercurrent of accusations about the political nature of the work. First produced in 1953, the play mirrors the Communist Witch Hunts taking place in the USA through the historical analogy of the Salem Witch Trials of ...

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This Is My Family – Playhouse Theatre, Liverpool

Writer: Tim Firth Music and Lyrics: Tim Firth Director: Daniel Evans Reviewer: Jamie Gaskin   Tim Firth offers us an entertaining family – which is quite different from family entertainment. Not particularly in adult themes (although auntie Sian's love-life is quite spicy) but in the depth of emotions shown by its members. You cannot dismiss this asOutnumberedwith music. The sadness ...

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This Is My Family – Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

Writer, Music &Lyrics: Tim Firth Director: Daniel Evans Reviewer: Fiona Hannon This was a special evening for Sheffield Theatres as they proudly unveiled the results of The Lyceum Theatre’s nine week refurbishment programme. This grand Grade II* listed theatre now twinkling with new lights, new cables, new carpets, new upholstery and 1000 litres of fresh new paint, glowed as a ...

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Untold Stories – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Alan Bennett Music: George Fenton Director: Mark Rosenblatt Reviewer: Audrey Pointer Leeds’ most famous living literary luminary is prolific and popular throughout the world. Untold Stories first appeared as a book of prose memoires in 2005; Bennett assuming it would be published posthumously, as he had cancer at the time. Happily, Bennett survived to write another day and to ...

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A Day In The Death of Joe Egg – Rose Theatre, Kingston

Writer: Peter Nichols Director: Stephen Unwin Reviewer: Ian Foster [rating:5] Good theatre makes you think, but great theatre makes you dig deep to really contemplate the deeper questions in life and how you might react in a similar situation. Peter Nichols’ 1967 play A Day In The Death of Joe Egg sits firmly in the latter category and in this ...

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A Day in the Death of Joe Egg – Liverpool Playhouse

Writer: Peter Nichols Director: Stephen Unwin Reviewer: John Roberts [Rating:4] Nichols’ play still packs a powerful punch over 40 years since it was originally written, how to deal with looking after a disabled child is still one of the social taboos prevalent in today’s society, something which is touched upon beautifully and touchingly by director Stephen Unwin in a programme ...

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