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Revenants – Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh

Writer: Nichola McAuliffe Director: Patrick Sandford Reviewer: Stephen Bates The fascination of screen and stage writers with all things House of Windsor shows no signs of abating, so there is little surprise in finding that a central figure in Nichola McAuliffe’s new play is our present Queen’s grandmother. Much more surprising is the discovery that the key themes of this ...

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Great Expectations – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Writer: Ken Bentley, from the book by Charles Dickens  Director: Sophie Boyce-Couzens Reviewer: James Garrington Great Expectations is undoubtedly a great classic of English literature, one of the most popular and well-known Dickens novels that has been studied at school and loved by many. It is also quite long – though far from the longest Dickens wrote – and includes a ...

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Great Expectations – The Opera House, Buxton

Writer: Charles Dickens Adaptor: Ken Bentley Director: Sophie Bryce Couzens Reviewer: Jim Gillespie While Dickens semi-autobiographical 1861 novel focuses on the childhood and early manhood of Phillip Pirrip, or Pip, the central character is vastly overshadowed by the majestic ruin that is Miss Havisham. Abandoned on her wedding day, and living among the decaying wreckage of her wedding breakfast, the ...

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Great Expectations – Richmond Theatre, Richmond

Writer: Charles Dickens Adaptor: Ken Bentley  Director: Sophie Boyce Couzens Reviewer: David Guest A beautifully atmospheric production of Great Expectations manages to draw together many strands from Charles Dickens’ original novel without once losing sight of the core characters and their story. This is a significant feat when the story has been filmed and staged so often. This Tilted Wig ...

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Waiting for God – The Lowry Salford

older man and woman sitting on a bed

Writer: Michael Aitkens Director: David Grindley   Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Some years ago theatres were congested with adaptations of well-loved TV sitcoms. Michael Aitkens’s Waiting for God missed out on the fad but that may be to its advantage as the adaptation now feels more like a ‘proper’ play rather than a nostalgic cash-in. Diana (Nichola McAuliffe) is a retired photo-journalist ...

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Waiting For God – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

older man and woman sitting on a bed

Writer: Michael Aitkens Director: David Grindley Reviewer: Paul Couch There’s an inherent danger in adapting a long-running television programme for the stage:  the small-screen characters, often portrayed by actors who loom large in the cultural psyche, become so imprinted on our minds that their stage counterparts often disappoint. ‘Allo ‘Allo, Dad’s Army, Heartbeat, Last of the Summer Wine, and even ...

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The Dover Road – Jermyn Street Theatre, London

Writer: AA Milne Director: Nichola McAuliffe Reviewer: Stephen Bates Those poor travellers trapped recently inovernight jamson the road to Dover may take some comfort from the knowledge that, back in the 1920s, things appear to have been evenworse. Then, according to AA Milne, the delay could have been as much asseven days. Milne’s play was first seen in New York ...

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The Silver Gym – Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurh

The Silver Gym, at Queen's Theatre Hornchurch

Writer : Nichola McAuliffe Director : Glen Walford Reviewer: Michael Gray In Nichola McAuliffe’s brand new comedy, The Silver Gym, she stars as ex-army captain, Stella, who buys an ailing gymnasium and aims to turn it around. With the dilapidated premises, she inherits a life-size cut-out of Uncle Ho, former owner and failed criminal, plus the worse-than-useless dogsbody Doucette (Houmi ...

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