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The Knowledge – Charing Cross Theatre, London

Writer: Jack Rosenthal (Adapted by Simon Block) Director: Maureen Lipman Reviewer: Maryam Philpott The black cab is an iconic London landmark every bit as recognisable as Buckingham Palace or St Paul’s Cathedral, and its drivers carry a hard-earned encyclopaedic understanding of the city’s 15,000 central streets as well as the various suburbs. The long process of obtaining ‘The Knowledge’ was ...

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My Mother Said I Never Should – St James Theatre, London

Writer: Charlotte Keatley Director: Paul Robinson Reviewer: Stephen Bates   A century of enfranchisement and emancipation has altered the role of women in our society irreversibly. Charlotte Keatley’s family drama, written in the late 1980s, surveys nine decades and four generations of women to examine how the challenges of balancing work, marriage and motherhood have been affected by change. The ...

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Harvey – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Writer: Mary Chase Director: Lindsay Posner Reviewer: James Garrington Elwood P. Dowd is a very pleasant man. In fact, he tells us that in this world you have to be either smart or pleasant, and he recommends pleasant. He has only one flaw – he spends his time drinking with his friend, who happens to be a large, invisible (to ...

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WHAT’S HOT: Week Beginning Monday 2nd February 2015

Kris Hallett looks at the best of the UK's theatre in this week's round-up which includes revivals of some modern classics, as well as some fresh new adaptations alongside a sprinkling of new productions. Harvey- Birmingham Rep Already announced to play in the West End, Mary Chase’s comedy about a man with a friendship with a six foot tall rabbit ...

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Daytona – Richmond Theatre, London

Writer: Oliver Cotton Director: David Grindley Reviewer: Christopher Hong   An unexpected visit late in the evening disrupts the ballroom dancing and retired life of Joe and Ellie. While Ellie, played by Maureen Lipman, is away at her sister’s, Joe’s brother Billy arrives at their New York home with a twelve course Chinese meal, having disappeared without a trace thirty ...

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Daytona – The HOUSE, Birmingham Rep

Writer: Oliver Cotton Director: David Grindley Reviewer: Selwyn Knight [rating:5] It’s winter, 1986. On entering the theatre one is struck by Ben Stones’ detailed set, the lounge of a Brooklyn apartment, which evokes the era with its massive video recorder and stereo record player. This is the home of respectable semi-retired accountant Joe Zimmerman (Harry Shearer) and his wife Elli ...

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The Best – Lass O’Gowrie, Manchester

Writer: Jack Rosenthal Adaptor: Ian Winterton Director: Colin Connor Reviewer: Brian Gorman [Rating:4.5] Adapted from an un-filmed script by legendary writer Jack Rosenthal (endorsed by his widow Maureen Lipman), ‘The Best’ tells of the greatest battle of George Best’s career; an ultimately futile, and very public, struggle with his own demons. In the intimate setting of the upstairs theatre at ...

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Barefoot in The Park – Arts Theatre, Cambridge

Writer: Neil Simon Director: Maureen Lipman and Peter Cregseen Reviewer: Flip Miller [rating:4.5]   It is nearly 50 years since Neil Simon’s Barefoot in The Park appeared on Broadway but this delightful play is still just as relevant today as it was in 1963. The curtain rises on the newly married Corrie Bratter, eagerly waiting the furniture for her first ...

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