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A Very Very Very Dark Matter – The Bridge Theatre, London

Writer: Martin McDonagh Director: Matthew Dunster Reviewer: Maryam Philpott It should have been so good, a huge coup announced a year ago, not long after the new Bridge Theatre was opened to prioritise new writing, the world premiere of a Martin McDonagh play about Hans Christian Andersen, two gothic storytellers combined in one oddly hilarious package. And McDonagh’s star is ...

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Much Ado About Nothing – Globe Theatre, London

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Matthew Dunster Reviewer: Karl O’Doherty The Globe’s Summer of Love progresses – verve, wit and colour very much in abundance. Matthew Dunster’s creation takes us from the regular setting of Messina to Mexico in the early 20th Century. The revolución becomes the military backdrop for Don Pedro’s men as they come to Leonato’s house and with ...

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Plastic – Ustinov Studio, Theatre Royal Bath

Writer: Marius von Mayenburg Translator: Maja Zade Director: Matthew Dunster Reviewer: Claire Hayes   The ambition behind Marius von Mayenburg’s Plastic is dazzling: using the artifice of theatre, its shared space and storytelling communion, to question the boundaries between art and life. If you listen to the narrative of the play’s central character Serge Haulupa, conceptual artist and orchestrator of ...

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Imogen – Shakespeare’s Globe, London

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Matthew Dunster Choreographer: Christopher Akrill Reviewer: Dan English Class A drugs and inner city gangs, not the usual ingredients of a Shakespeare play nor usually spotted on stage at Shakespeare’s Globe, but this time they find themselves together in the remarkable Imogen. Based on Cymbeline, this Matthew Dunster directed production is ‘renamed and reclaimed’ to make ...

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Before I Leave – Sherman Theatre, Cardiff

Writer:Patrick Jones Director: Matthew Dunster Reviewer: Jacqui Onions National Theatre Wales and Wales Millennium Centre take on the difficult subject of dementia in their new play Before I Leave – and they do it with empathy, humour and love. This topic is huge and Patrick Jones’ script tackles it from as many angles as possible without ever feeling like there ...

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Hangmen – Royal Court, London

  Writer: Martin McDonagh Director: Matthew Dunster Reviewer: Karl O’Doherty   Funny? Yep. Dark? Check. Leaves you unsettled and without the ability to pinpoint why? Well, yes. It’s the new piece of work from Martin McDonagh, what else would you expect? It’s certainly one of the funniest plays in the last few months down here in that London, and the ...

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The Seagull – Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, London

Writer: Anton Chekhov Adapter: Torben Betts Director: Matthew Dunster Reviewer: Tom Finch From the moment an electrifying surge appears to blast the stage into action the characters in Torben Betts’ new adaptation of Chekhov’s great masterpiece are thrown into an intense and bitter drama. Relinquishing the traditional naturalism of the period this production, designed by John Bausor, is played upon ...

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NEWS: Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre launches 2015 season

The 2014 summer season may have barely finished but today Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre has announced details of their 2015 season. Opening the season will be the staging of J.M. Barrie’s orginal stage play of Peter Pan, directed by the venues’ Artistic Director Timothy Sheader. Next will be a production of The Seagulldirected by Matthew Dunster, who directed A ...

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