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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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A Tale of Two Cities – The Alhambra, Bradford

Writer: Mike Poulton Director: James Dacre Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Royal &Derngate Northampton Theatre and Touring Consortium Theatre Company brings Mike Poulton’s 2014 adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities to Bradford’s Alhambra Theatre. The historical novel, published in 1859, is set both in London and Paris before, and at the height of the French Revolution. Both cities went ...

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The Merchant of Venice – Shakespeare’s Globe, London

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Jonathan Munby Reviewer: Harry Stern   There is a great deal to admire in this new production of an old favourite and even more to enjoy. Actors and audience have a jolly time alike. Yet it remains a perennially problematic play which seems at first acquaintance to endorse a loathsome anti-Semitism from which the world needs ...

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The Absence of War – Bristol Old Vic, Bristol

Writer: David Hare Director: Jeremy Herrin Reviewer: Claire Hayes In this election year 2015, many of the themes of David Hare’s The Absence of War are so contemporary, it’s hard to believe this play originally premiered in 1993. A man who has risen to the top of the Labour Party sacrifices the authentic voice which got him there, in order ...

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Cat on a Hot tin Roof, Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Writer: Tennessee Williams Director: James Dacre Reviewer: Abbie Rippon   Set in Mississippi in the 1950s, Tennessee Williams’ classic is a two and a half hour exposure of the familial feuds, relationships and the truths and lies between the Pollitt family as they gather to celebrate the family patriarch, Big Daddy’s, 65th birthday. The writing is highly concentrated in order ...

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Cat On A Hot Tin Roof – Royal & Derngate, Northampton

Writer: Tennessee Williams Director: James Dacre Reviewer: Kevin Evans First performed in 1955 and prestigious winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, is widely regarded as Tennessee Williams’ finest play; indeed many might say it is one of the best of the 20th Century. It tells the story of the strife within a Mississippi ...

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Dial M for Murder – Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Writer: Frederick Knott Director: Lucy Bailey Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Those theatre-goers lured by the draw of the nameAlfred Hitchcock attached to this productionwill not be disappointed by this, the stage original. Indeed, Hitchcock filmed his first colour movie almost word for word from Alfred Knott's adaptation of his own play and despite claims by director Lucy Bailey that rather thanseeking ...

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Dial M for Murder – New Theatre, Cardiff

Writer: Frederick Knott Director: Lucy Bailey Reviewer: Chris Williams Going in to this production of Dial M for Murder one wonders how many members of the audience know that this famous Hitchcock, Grace Kelly-starrer – that even utilised gimmicky 3D - started life as a stage play. In this age of classic TV and films being rewritten for the stage ...

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