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Anna – National Theatre, London

Writer: Ella Hickson Director: Natalie Abrahami Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Hollywood versions of East Berlin at the height of the Cold War would suggest that it was a slum city, a crumbling ghetto ruled by jackboot. In Anna, a creation of writer Ella Hickson and sound designers Ben and Max Ringham, we see a very different version of the city. Set ...

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The Girl on the Train – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Based on the novel by Paula Hawkins Adapter: Rachel Wagstaff & Duncan Abel Director: Anthony Banks Reviewer: Dominic Corr Based on the best-seller book by Paula Hawkins, The Girl on the Train stage version also follows a moderately successful feature film adaptation. Starring Samantha Womack, the touring production offers a modern mystery which also tackles the usual thriller tropes of ...

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Pygmalion – Theatre Royal, Bath

Writer: George Bernard Shaw Director: Sam Pritchard Reviewer: Kris Hallett Is the sign of a truly great play one that can be flexible enough to take the concepts hoisted on it by a director and reveal something hitherto unrevealed to its audience in the meantime? This is the question one came out of watching Headlong Theatre’s Pygmalion, playing in Bath ...

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Gaslight – New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Gaslight Kara Tointon as Bella Manningham; Rupert Young as Jack Manningham

Writer: Patrick Hamilton Director: Anthony Banks Reviewer:  Selwyn Knight It must be very confusing to be Mrs Manningham. Things happen that she can’t explain, trinkets going missing and then reappearing in her sewing box. Her husband is losing patience with her lapses of memory. The maid laughs at her behind her back. And why do the gaslights in their home ...

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Anita And Me – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Writer: Tanika Gupta from the book by Meera Syal Director: Roxana Silbert Reviewer: James Garrington There are many well-known plays based around life in cities around the country: London, Liverpool, Glasgow… but the Black Country? You can probably count them on the fingers of one hand. Well, Anita And Me adds one to the list – and what an addition ...

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Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense – New Theatre, Cardiff

Writer: P. G. Wodehouse Adaptors: Robert and David Goodale Director: Sean Foley Reviewer: Barbara Michaels Frolics and fun abound in the stories of P.G. Wodehouse, featuring the accident-prone aristo Bertie Wooster and his ‘gentleman’s gentleman.’ This adaptation by the Goodale Brothers of Wodehouse’s work is redolent with the atmosphere of a bygone era – you can almost smell the aroma ...

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A Mad Word, My Masters – Grand Theatre, Blackpool

Writer: Thomas Middleton Adaptor: Sean Foley and Phil Porter Director: Sean Foley Reviewer: Francesca Parker   Jacobean playwright, Thomas Middleton, is responsible for the raucous comedy, A Mad World, My Masters; although written and first performed in 1605 it has now been reworked for our modern stage. No longer is it set in its contemporary surrounding, quite the opposite, Sean ...

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Fiction – The Unity Theatre, Liverpool

Conceived by David Rosenberg and Glen Neath Reviewer: Clare Howdon Dreams have always been a fascinating subject for theatre makers. Katie Mitchell’s adaptation of August Strindberg’s; A Dream Play was wonderfully surreal and playful in it’s approach while Fuel Theatre’s latest offering Fiction, a collaboration between writer Glen Neath and director David Rosenberg, plunges into similar territory. While the subject ...

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