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Fatherland – Lyric Theatre Hammersmith, London

Co-author and writer: Simon Stephens Co-author and composer: Karl Hyde Co-author and director: Scott Graham Reviewer: Stephen Bates Masculism has perhaps become unfashionable at a time when, rightly, the movement for gender equality has gained urgent momentum. This new 90-minute piece, presented by Frantic Assembly as part of the London International Festival of Theatre (LIFT), brings the male of the ...

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Old Fools – Southwark Playhouse

Writer: Tristan Bernays Director: Sharon Burrell Reviewer: David Guest Dementia can often be seen as a sensitive subject.  Its strain on relationships and individuals have been explored on stage and screen, from Shakespeare’s King Lear to Florian Zeller’s The Father and more recently in the Oscar-winning film Coco. Never an easy subject to portray in any kind of drama, or ...

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Don’t Sleep There are Snakes – Park Theatre, London

Don't Sleep There Are Snakes at The Park Theatre, London

  Writer: Sebastian Armesto, Dudley Hinton and simple8 Director: Sebastian Armesto, Hannah Emanuel, Dudley Hinton Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Imagine you’ve been living in the Amazonian jungle for some time observing an undiscovered tribe; they’ve shared their culture with you, begun to teach you their language and you’re beginning to feel as though you belong. Then one night after a local ...

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1984 – Almeida Theatre, London

Writer: George Orwell Adapted and created by: Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan Reviewer: Harry Stern From a 2014 perspective, Orwell’s dystopian masterpiece stubbornly refuses to lie down and become the misguided outpourings of a mid-20th Century political and societal misanthropist. With revelations about phone hacking, government surveillance and Edward Snowden’s whistle-blowing activities still current, how could it? The real accomplishment ...

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1984 – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

From the book by George Orwell, adapted for stage by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan Director: Mark Rosenblatt Reviewer: Ruth Jepson [rating:4] “War is Peace. Freedom is Slavery. Ignorance is Strength.” The book 1984 is a classic. Chances are you’ll have encountered it - read it, talked about it with friends, or even just by watching the housemates in ‘Big ...

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1984 – Liverpool Playhouse

Writer: George Orwell Adaptor/Creator: Robert Icke &Duncan Macmillan Reviewer: David Noble [rating:4.5] How to start a 1984 review without waffling endlessly about what is often regarded as the greatest work of 20th century literature? Somewhat unavoidable it seems, but Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan’s adaptation of 1984 for the stage does unusually start and end with a literary analysis of ...

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1984 – Richmond Theatre, Richmond

Writer: George Orwell Adapted and created by: Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan Reviewer: Ian Foster [rating:4] For a novel written in 1949, it is remarkable how much of George Orwell’s dystopian classic 1984 has seeped into our consciousness. Not just in the phrases we have adopted – Big Brother, thought crime, Room 101, double speak – but also in the ...

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