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The War Has Not Yet Started – Southwark Playhouse, London

Writer: Mikhail Durnenkov Translator: Noah Birksted-Breen Director: Gordon Anderson Reviewer: Stephen Bates Russian writer Mikhail Durnenkov’s play is set on the verge of a nervous breakdown. It begins with three characters languishing “in the zone”, helped by drink or immersion in a video game, and then proceeds to demonstrate the hazards away from their domestic cosiness - warfare, human frictions, ...

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Another Country – Trafalgar Studios, London

Writer: Julian Mitchell Director: Jeremy Herrin Reviewer: Scott Matthewman The title of Julian Mitchell's 1930s-set drama brings to mind L P Hartley's opening sentence of The Go-Between: "The past is a foreign country - they do things differently there." It is not only the sense of time which suggests we are looking in on another world. The arcane rulesets of ...

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NEWS: Another Country transfers to the West End

Following a hugely successful run at Chichester’s Minerva Theatre last year Julian Mitchell’s ANOTHER COUNTRY, directed by Jeremy Herrin, transfers to the Trafalgar Studios, Studio 1 for a limited season, 26th March – 21st June. When it opened in the West End in 1982 ANOTHER COUNTRY created a sensation, heralded a resurgence of great British drama, inspired a film, and ...

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Ghosts – Theatre Royal, Brighton

Writer: Henrik Ibsen; translated by Stephen Unwin Director: Stephen Unwin Reviewer: Michael Hootman No modern audience is ever going to feel the sense of outrage, of a play pushing at the boundaries of decency, that theatregoers experienced at Ghosts' debut. The Daily Telegraph famously called it "an open drain: a loathsome sore unbandaged, a dirty act done publicly" - the ...

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Ghosts – Rose Theatre, Kingston

Writer: Henrik Ibsen, in a new translation by Stephen Unwin Director: Stephen Unwin Reviewer: Ian Foster [rating:3] London has long thrived on its paranormal industry – spooky tours, famous cemeteries, Jack the Ripper and his ilk and now in its theatres, a double helping of Ghosts, albeit of Ibsen’s variety. Richard Eyre will direct his own version for the Almeida ...

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Armstrong’s War – Finborough Theatre, London

Writer: Colleen Murphy Director: Jennifer Bakst Reviewer: Stephen Bates [rating:3.5] Continuing her association with the Finborough Theatre, Canadian playwright Colleen Murphy here gives us a sneak preview, in a fully-staged production, of her new one-act play which will get its official World Premiere in Vancouver in October. Corporal Michael Armstrong (Mark Quartley) is a 21 year-old patient in the recuperation ...

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