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Caroline, Or Change – Playhouse Theatre, London

Book and Lyrics: Tony Kushner Music: Jeanine Tesori Director: Michael Longhurst Reviewer: Scott Matthewman In the autumn of 1963, change was in the air in the southern United States. The civil rights movement was underway in Georgia and Alabama – but less so in Louisiana, the setting for Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori’s Caroline, or Change. In this production (a West ...

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Amadeus – National Theatre, London

Writer: Peter Shaffer Director: Michael Longhurst Reviewer: Maryam Philpott At almost 40 years old Peter Shaffer’s seminal play Amadeus has survived longer than Mozart lived. Frequently revived and admired since its 1979 debut, this tale of professional jealousy was last performed in the 2016-2017 winter season and returns to the National Theatre for another four-month run where it once again ...

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Bad Jews – Yvonne Arnaud, Guildford

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Writer: Josh Harmon Director: Michael Longhurst Reviewer: Bill Avenell This is undoubtedly a clever play based around the old plot line of grieving, some more than others, relatives gathering after the funeral of a much-loved grandfather and squabbling over the disposition of the prized family heirloom. The twist in this case is that the family is Jewish and the heirloom ...

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Bad Jews – Theatre Royal, Nottingham

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Writer: Joshua Harman Director: Michael Longhurst Reviewer: Laura Jayne Bateman Bad Jews premiered in New York in 2012, before transferring to Theatre Royal Bath in 2014 and then to the West End. It has since enjoyed runs at three London theatres and is currently touring the UK. The show hit headlines when complaints led to its posters being banned on ...

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Bad Jews – Salford, The Lowry

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Writer: Joshua Harmon Director: Michael Longhurst Reviewer: Holly Sharp Grandpa’s dead and there’s a family gathering, but the family ain’t getting on so well. A funeral-based family feud might not be the most groundbreaking premise, but if anyone in the auditorium was fearing that Bad Jews would see them nodding off, they needn’t have fretted. Raised voices, scrapping, and a ...

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Linda – Royal Court Theatre, London

Linda at London's Royal Court Theatre

Writer: Penelope Skinner Director: Michael Longhurst Reviewer:Andy Moseley A revolving stage rises up into the air with sets on several different levels and the ability for actors to effortlessly or dramatically move between them without ever stepping off. The glass shelves in the centre display an array of near identical health and beauty products adding to the feeling that Es ...

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Bad Jews – Theatre Royal, Bath

Writer: Joshua Harman Director: Michael Longhurst Reviewer: Kris Hallett Having started its UK life at the Ustinov Studio before successive London transfers, Joshua Harman’sBad Jews has now returned to Bath as part of its national tour but this time having plonked its action onto the main stage. It’s another notch on the hugely successful producing arm of Bath’s Theatre Royal, ...

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Constellations – Trafalgar Studios, London

Writer: Nick Payne Director: Michael Longhurst Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty   The elegant genius of Payne’s work is the perspective it presents. Much like the science that inspires it, the work contains meaning and depth curled around and hidden in each flashed scene. Over the course of an hour and a bit we begin to see the story on a micro ...

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