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The Mountaintop – New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-Under-Lyme

New Vic's revival of The Mountain Top

Writer: Katori Hall Director: Abbey Wright Reviewer: Matthew Bagnall 4th April 1968. The death of Martin Luther King. We know a great deal about King’s influence on the civil rights movement during this period but this play imagines a bold and creative version of events leading up to his assassination. The New Vic Theatre are becoming renowned for their innovative ...

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The Merry Wives – The New Victoria Theatre, Newcastle Under Lyme

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Barrie Rutter Reviewer: Carol Lovatt   For a bawdy evening of spectacle and farce, The Merry Wives is a play not to be missed. A comedic masterpiece based on human emotion and misunderstanding, this creative production, directed by the powerhouse of Northern Broadsides, Barrie Rutter, is a feast of chaotic shenanigans and surreal storyline involving nocturnal ...

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Robin Hood & Marian – The New Vic Theatre, Newcastle under Lyme

Robin Hood and Maid Marian

Adaptor and Director: Teresa Heskins Reviewer: Carol Lovatt   It is fair to say that the festive season is clearly upon us when The New Vic Theatre launches its big (and popular) Christmas production, which this year, happens to be the story of Robin Hood and Marian. Linking it in with the fact that the Magna Carta is 800 years ...

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The Ladykillers – New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme

Writer: William Rose Adapter: Graham Lineham Director: Mark Babych Reviewer: Matthew Bagnall “Is anyone back from the robbery yet?” It was a genius plan. Or so Professor Marcus thinks. One thing for sure is Graham Lineham’s stage adaptation of The Ladykillers is certainly the work of a genius.Lineham – The writer of popular comedy TV sitcoms Father Ted and The ...

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Dracula – New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme

Writer: Bram Stoker Director and Adaptor: Theresa Heskins Reviewer: Matthew Bagnall “You have the vampire’s blood!” Halloween has come early in Newcastle-under-Lyme. The New Vic Theatre have excelled with their adaptation of Bram Stoker’s classic Dracula. Directing her first production since the highly acclaimed run of The Borrowers, Theresa Heskins intelligently combines a multitude of creative ideas from live sound ...

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Bell, Book and Candle – New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme

Writer: John Van Druten Director: Gwenda Hughes Reviewer: Matthew Bagnall   “I’m just human!” If you’re after a different kind of play – the enchanting, magical and spell bounding type then Bell, Book and Candle just might be for you! This American play by John van Druten is very rarely staged in the United Kingdom. It is certainly different, but ...

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The Borrowers – New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme

Writer: Mary Norton Director and Adaptor: Theresa Heskins Reviewer: Matthew Bagnall “Borrowing beyond all dreams of borrowing. Borrowing beyond your wildest dreams!” The festive season is always a magical time at the New Vic Theatre, and they haven’t disappointed with their stage adaptation of a family classic; The Borrowers. Set with the task of telling the story of a group ...

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