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The Graduate – Curve, Leicester

A Young Man looks at a middle aged woman on a bed in her underwear

Writer: Terry Johnson adapted from the novel by Charles Webb and the screenplay by Calder Willingham and Buck Henry Director: Lucy Bailey Reviewer: Laura Jayne Bateman Originally a novel by Charles Webb, published in 1963, The Graduate is perhaps best known as the 1967 film starring Anne Bancroft and Dustin Hoffman. Curve’s co-production with West Yorkshire Playhouse follows the trend ...

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Breakfast At Tiffany’s – Theatre Royal Haymarket, London

Writer: Truman Capote Adaptor: Richard Greenberg Director: Nikolai Foster Reviewer: Fergus Morgan If the 1961 film of Breakfast At Tiffany’s turned Truman Capote’s tantalising novella into a rom-com, then Richard Greenberg’s stage adaptation turns it into full-on froth. Although it sticks relatively close to the original plot, Nikolai Foster’s production glides over the nuances and intricacies of Capote’s story, and ...

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The 39 Steps – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Rob Whitcomb as Man 1, Andrew Hodges as Man 2 and Richard Ede as Richard Hannay in The 39 Steps

Writer: John Buchan Adaptor: Patrick Barlow Director: Maria Aitken Reviewer: Ann Bawtree Advertised as Alfred Hitchcock’s classic thriller, The 39 Steps, what is on the stage of the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre would be more accurately described as a derivation from John Buchan’s novel of the same name. A “shocker” as he himself described it. This first appeared in serial form ...

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The 39 Steps – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Rob Whitcomb as Man 1, Andrew Hodges as Man 2 and Richard Ede as Richard Hannay in The 39 Steps

Writer: John Buchan Adapter: Patrick Barlow from an original concept by Simon Corble &Nobby Dimon Director: Maria Aitken Designer: Peter McKintosh Reviewer: Rich Jevons The main novelty of The 39 Steps, is that all roles in this farcical thriller are played by just four performers. Winning an Olivier Award for Best Comedy and after nine years in the West End, ...

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The 39 Steps – Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Rob Whitcomb as Man 1, Andrew Hodges as Man 2 and Richard Ede as Richard Hannay in The 39 Steps

Writer: John Buchan Adapter: Patrick Barlow from an original concept by Simon Corble &Nobby Dimon Director: James Farrell Designer: Peter McKintosh Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Patrick Barlow's Olivier and Tony Award-winning take on John Buchan's classic tale of derring do, The 39 Steps, has been doing the rounds in its current form since 2006. Based the 1935 Alfred Hitchcock film version, ...

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The 39 Steps – Liverpool Playhouse Theatre

Richard Ede as Hannay in The 39 Steps UK tour 2016

Writer:John Buchan Adaptor: Patrick Barlow Director: Maria Aitkin and James Farrell Reviewer: Abbie Rippon This well-known novel by John Buchan has been given a new lease of life with this dramatic, creative and damn right hilarious retelling by Fiery Angel Ltd and Tricycle London Productions Ltd in conjunction with the West Yorkshire Playhouse. Set in pre-war Britain and including a ...

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Beryl – Hull Truck Theatre

Writer: Maxine Peake Director: Rebecca Gatward Designer: Naomi Dawson Reviewer: Ron Simpson Maxine Peake’s play, Beryl, about the Morley-based cyclist Beryl Burton who dominated women’s cycling for more than two decades, was commissioned by West Yorkshire Playhouse to coincide with last year’s Tour de France. Such was its impact that it returned to the Playhouse with a different cast this ...

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Talking Heads – Theatre Royal Nottingham

Writer: Alan Bennett Director: Sarah Esdaile Reviewer: Phil Lowe Since Alan Bennett's original six-part televisual masterpiece of social observation, collectively known as Talking Heads, aired on the nation's televisions in 1982, some of the groundbreaking monologues have been transferred to the stage by both amateur and professional companies. The choice is usually an evening of two monologues and invariably two ...

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