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Rough Crossing – Theatre Royal, Nottingham

Writer: Tom Stoppard Director: Rachel Kavanaugh Reviewer: Dave Smith It is entirely possible that somewhere deep within Rough Crossing there’s actually a work of genius still just waiting to be unearthed by the right director and the right cast. This can’t be entirely ruled out as a theory because Tom Stoppard has, of course, written some of the finest British plays ...

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Rough Crossing – Theatre Royal, Norwich

Writer: Tom Stoppard Director: Rachel Kavanaugh Reviewer: Lu Greer Loosely based on Ferenc Molnár’s Play at the Castle, Rough Crossing is set on a transatlantic liner in the 30s and tells the story of two writers trying to finish their new play set to open on Broadway; but with no middle, very little beginning, temperamental actors and bizarre composers the ...

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The Chalk Garden – Chichester Festival Theatre

Writer: Enid Bagnold Director: Alan Strachan Reviewer: Steve Turner It’s a rare treat to find a work with such substantial central roles for three generations of women. Rarer still to find them played with such dexterity and passion as they are here. Enid Bagnold’s celebrated, but perhaps underperformed tale of the matriarchal Mrs St Maugham, her granddaughter Laurel and the intriguing ...

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Wonderland – Nottingham Playhouse

Writer: Beth Steel Director: Adam Penford Reviewer: Dave Smith There’s no escaping the fact that how you view the events and politics of the 1983/84 miners’ strike is going to have a serious impact on how you view Beth Steel’s homage to the camaraderie and courage of Britain’s now all but disappeared mining communities. As the daughter of a Nottinghamshire ...

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What The Women Did – Southwark Playhouse, London

Writers: Gwen John, Herbert Tremaine (Maude Deuchar), JM Barrie Director: Tricia Thorns Reviewer: Ian Foster The centenary of the First World War will doubtless be marked in many a way in the nation’s theatres so the Southwark Playhouse have wisely got in early with this triple bill of lesser known plays which focuses on those left behind. What The Women ...

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Quartermaine’s Terms – Wyndham’s Theatre, London

Writer: Simon Gray Director: Richard Eyre Reviewer: Andy Moseley [rating:5] Rowan Atkinson makes a triumphant return to the West End in a new production of Simon Gray’s 1981 play, Quartermaine’s Terms. As St John Quartermaine, Atkinson has a rôle that was made for him, and his performance and the production lives up to its promise. Set in the staff-room of ...

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