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Dial M for Murder – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Writer: Frederick Knott Director: Lucy Bailey Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Glancing at the posters for Dial M for Murder, one might imagine this is the latest in a line of plays adapted from successful films. In fact, that would be the very opposite of the truth: the play was written over sixty years ago before being adapted by the playwright for ...

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Dial M for Murder – Liverpool Playhouse

Author: Frederick Knott Director: Lucy Bailey Reviewer: David Noble When confronted by swelling saxophone licks and the slow rumble of percussion, you immediately think: noir – and this is exactly the mood Lucy Bailey is trying to create in her production of ‘Dial M for Murder’. It’s all there: an intensely red set straight out of the David Lynch catalogue, ...

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Dial M for Murder – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Frederick Knott Director: Lucy Bailey Reviewer: Val Baskott First aired as a TV play in 1952 then a West End hit and Broadway success, it is Hitchock’s film version of Frank Knott’s Dial M for Murder that is best remembered. The play itself is a carefully crafted model of the ‘how-and-why-dunnit’ thriller brought to life again in director Lucy ...

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Dial M For Murder – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Author: Frederick Knott Director: Lucy Bailey Reviewer: Michael Gray   Starting its revival tour at the Mercury, Lucy Bailey's stunningly stylish Dial M For Murder (first seen in 2009) is a triumph of stage design. Mike Britton's enclosed box set, all oppressive scarlet walls, the furniture and a front door the only realistic elements, with a red gauze on a ...

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To Sir, With Love – Royal & Derngate Theatre. Northampton

Writer: E R Braithwaite Director: Mark Babych Reviewer: Sue Dixon [rating:5.0] To Sir, With Love will be remembered by most as the 1967 film with Sydney Poitier and its memorable theme tune, sung by Lulu. This world premiere stage production is a co-production between the Touring Consortium and The Royal and Derngate and will tour the country following this brilliant ...

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Candida – Theatre Royal, Bath

Writer: George Bernard Shaw Director: Simon Godwin Reviewer: Joan Phillips [Rating:3.5]   Theatre Royal Bath’s Summer 2013 Season is well underway and the second production this summer is George Bernard Shaw’s Candida. This play follows the morning, afternoon and evening of one day in the Morrell household. The Reverend James Morrell is a popular clergyman and a successful Christian Socialist ...

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Abigail’s Party- Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Writer: Mike Leigh Director: Lindsay Posner Tour Director: Tom Attenborough Reviewer: Nathanael Kent [rating:4]   The Menier Chocolate Factory is on a roll. A few weeks ago, the London Bridge venue had four productions running simultaneously to its name, which, for a house seating only 180 with no public subsidy, is quite an achievement. One of those four was Lindsay ...

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Abigail’s Party – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Mike Leigh Director: Lindsay Posner Reviewer: Matthew Nichols [Rating:2.5] It must be something to do with the Jubilee. Mike Leigh’s squirmy black comedy of social niceties was premiered at Hampstead Theatre in 1977, the year of the Queen’s silver Jubilee. Its last major revival was in 2002, and this production, fresh from the Menier Chocolate Factory, via the West ...

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