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Turn of the Screw – New Theatre, Cardiff

Writer: Henry James Adapted by Tim Luscombe Director: Daniel Buckroyd Reviewer: Barbara Michaels Delving deep into the psyche, Henry James’ horror novella Turn of the Screw has, over the years since it was first published in 1898 as a magazine serial, engendered much discussion and shivers down the spines of critics and audiences alike. Those who have read the book ...

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Turn of the Screw – Theatre Royal, Windsor

Adaptor: Tim Luscombe Director: Daniel Buckroyd Reviewer: Stephen Bates A great deal of mileage has been found in Henry James’ 1898 novella Turn of the Screw. It has spawned a Benjamin Britten opera, Jack Clayton’s 1961 film (The Innocents), not to mention television versions, and now Tim Luscombe has adapted it into a stage play for this handsomely-mounted touring production. ...

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The Terrible Infants – Wilton’s Music Hall, London

Writer: Oliver Lansley Directors: Oliver Lansley, James Seager Producer: James Seager Reviewer: Cavelle Leigh To mark their tenth year as a production company Les Enfants Terribles return to the stage with their eponymous show The Terrible Infants, ambitiously presenting a series of children’s fables, some reimagined from old, using song, dance and puppetry. From an enchanting yet eerie place, the ...

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The Events – Mercury Theatre Studio, Colchester

Writer: David Greig Director: Dan Sherer Reviewer: Michael Gray First seen in 2013, and inspired at least in part by the Anders Breivik massacre of the year before, David Greig’s powerful piece has been revived many times since. Dan Sherer’s production in the Mercury Studio is intensely visceral, its impact enhanced by the intimacy of the staging. James Cotterill’s set ...

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Rapture – Etcetera Theatre, London

Writer and Director: Lisa McMullin Reviewer: Maryam Philpott “What is the point of you?” screams the poster for Lisa McMullins new play Rapture, taking up a three-week residencyat the Etcetera Theatre in Camden, which asks its audience to consider not only whether their own lives truly add value to the world but if pushed could we stand in judgement over ...

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This Much (or an Act of Violence Towards the Institution of Marriage) – Soho Theatre, London

Writer:John Fitzpatrick Director:Kate Sagovsky Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Navigating modern relationships can be treacherous and, while the institution of marriage is now open to couples regardless of their sexuality, for many the concept remains a difficult and outmoded one. Endless rom-coms have introduced us to the idea that we should wait for “the one” so a fictional Prince (or Princess) will ...

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A Christmas Carol – Old Red Lion Theatre, London

Writer: Neil Bartlett Director: Gus Miller Reviewer: Stephen Bates   Alongside turkey and mince pies, Charles Dickens’ tale of a miserly old Christmas hater getting his comeuppance has established itself as a permanent fixture in our seasonal celebrations. The story, also a clarion call for a more caring society, may well be over- familiar, but it can still stand up ...

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Sikes and Nancy – Trafalgar Studios 2, London

Writer: Charles Dickens Adapted by: James Swanton Reviewer: Stephen Bates   In his later years, when Charles Dickens had become an international celebrity, he took to the stage and toured, playing his most famous characters from Oliver Twist with such passion and ferocity that it is thought that the energy expended could have shortened his life. James Swanton, around three ...

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