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WHAT’S HOT – 23rd July 2012

As the eyes of the world turn towards London for the Olympics and venues begin their traditional summer maintenanceshut-down, you could be forgiven for thinking there’s little to tempt people towards theatre. Look hard though and there’s some gems around the country to tempt you. Glen Pearce hunts down five shows to give you a break from the sporting spectacle. ...

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Macbeth: LEΪLA & BEN – A Bloody History, Northern Stage, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

Writers: Artistes, Producteurs and Associes. Adaptors: Lotfi Achour, Anissa Daoud and Jawhar Basti Director: Lotfi Achour Reviewer: Michael Hunter [rating:4] Being some-what still a novice at this Shakespearian thing, I know about the plays and the comedies, but I haven't seen that many in the flesh! Macbeth is one of them! So having to be faced with that, and the ...

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Close the Coalhouse Door – Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield

Writer: Alan Plater with additional material by Lee Hall Director: Samuel West Music: Alex Glasgow Designer: Soutra Gilmour Reviewer: Laura Stimpson [rating:5] “It might be history to some people. To us it’s family, pet” Close the Coalhouse Door is the latest offering from Live Theatre and Northern Stage. It’s admirable that these theatres have reinvented this local tale based on ...

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Mary Shelley – Northern Stage, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

Writer: Helen Edmundson Director: Polly Teale Reviewer: Anna Ambelez [Rating:4] Powerful, emotive, intense. A true story, full of drama, as was Mary Shelley’s life. After a vision from her mind and initial scene we are plunged into the Godwin household, reminiscent of Jane Austin’s Bennet family; this consists of William Godwin, Mary his daughter, Fanny, her half-sister, Mary Jane Clairmont, ...

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Tender Napalm – Northern Stage, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

Writer: Philip Ridley Director: David Mercatali Reviewer: Anna Ambelez [rating:4] A fragile loving moment can rapidly turn into an incendiary situation, leaving your head reeling. Softly explosive as its title states, Tender Napalm is just that. This is a story of an unnamed woman, (Lara Rossi, 2011 Evening Standard Best New Comer nominee) and unnamed man, (Tom Byam Shaw) who ...

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