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Dystopian Dream – Sadler’s Wells, London

Creators: Nitin Sawhney, Sébastien Ramirez and Honji Wang  Reviewer:  Richard Maguire The adjective dystopian conjures up ruin and decay, barren landscapes housing only the occasional relic of happier times when perfection seemed possible. However, the dystopia created by musician Nitin Sawhney, and the dance company Wang Ramirez looks and sounds beautiful, but despite the multi-media content, their dystopia is also ...

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Fury – Soho Theatre, London

Writer: Phoebe Eclair-Powell Director: Hannah Hauer-King Reviewer: Andy Moseley Sam is young. Sam is impulsive. Sam is a single mum with two children who is being blackmailed into having sex with the man in the flat above hers. Sam cleans the man’s flat for cash-in-hand undeclared income. Sam is a collection of box ticking dramatic clichés rolled into one. But ...

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King Lear – Hall For Cornwall, Truro

King Lear featuring Michael Pennington

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Max Webster Reviewer: Jess Rowe The darkness in Shakespeare’s aching family tragedy remains resolute in Royal &Derngate's production ofKing Lear, with a never-ending sense of solemnity by the end. Following the ageing tyrant and title character, revived beautifully by Oliver-nominated Michael Pennington, whose mighty flaw is his inability to distinguish between forced materialistic love and that ...

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King Lear – Theatre Royal, Bath

King Lear featuring Michael Pennington

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Max Webster Reviewer:Kris Hallett It’s a funny quirk that so often in that most Everest of roles Lear, the garlanded actor at its centre gets upstaged by his supporting cast. Blame the genius of the bard, who has created a motley band of memorable supporting turns to populate his masterpiece. There is no fear of that ...

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King Lear – Opera House, Manchester

Michael Pennington as Lear and Beth Cooke as Cordelia

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Max Webster Reviewer: Iain Sykes 400 years since the death of William Shakespeare and the country is awash with tributes to the Bard, including somewhat of a glut of his greatest tragic character, King Lear. Directed by Max Webster with Michael Pennington as Lear, this touring production is certainly towards the top of the list. Pennington’s ...

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1984 – Theatre Royal, Bath

Writer: George Orwell Adaptersand Directors: Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan Reviewer: Claire Hayes Headlong’s adaptation of George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984 has enjoyed three West End runs and two tours prior to its arrival in Bath. So, those of us who’ve already read the book and perused the four and five-star reviews of the play may feel as though they ...

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Othello – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: William Shakespeare Adaptors: Scott Graham and Steven Hoggett Director: Scott Graham Reviewer: Scott Stait   Revived from the acclaimed 2008 production and penned as one of the hottest tickets around, Frantic Assembly are back with their fiercely primitive Othello. Steeped in the luxurious history of Shakespeare’s penned text, but ripped from its origins and nailed to a Northern pub ...

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1984 – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: George Orwell (adapted by Robert Icke &Duncan Macmillan) Directors: Robert Icke &Duncan Macmillan Reviewer: Joan Phillips George Orwell’s alarmingly prescient prediction of state surveillance and control is given a successful makeover by Headlong Theatre Company. Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan have taken on the difficult task of bringing this well told story to the stage with an ingeniously fresh ...

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