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Brassed Off – New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme

Writer: Mark Herman Adaptor: Paul Allen Director: Conrad Nelson           Reviewer: Mel Duncan Revived in recognition of the 30-year anniversary of the 1984 miner’s strike, Brassed Off has been enjoying the limelight in performances, professional and amateur, up and down the country.  The poignant tale of a community brought to their knees by a Government not fully understanding the implications of decisions ...

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Bring Up The Bodies – Aldwych Theatre, London

Writers: Hilary Mantel, Mike Poulton Director: Jeremy Herrin Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty Sequels are tricky things to get right. Whether we're talking books, films, plays or event the difficult second album. Hilary Mantel clearly struck a winning formula when writing Bring Up The Bodies, winning a Booker prize to add to the one already on the shelf from Wolf Hall. Adapted, ...

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Wolf Hall – Aldwych Theatre, London

Writers: Hilary Mantel, Mike Poulton Director: Jeremy Herrin Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty Up the street from the Aldwych theatre, in Covent Garden, there's often a street performer dressed as, and acting like, Charlie Chaplin. He's good too, funny and sweet like the character in The Tramp. He has a bamboo cane and everything. However, given the historical weight of Chaplin and ...

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Rutherford and Son – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Author: Githa Sowerby Director: Jonathan Miller Reviewer: Bill Avenell [rating:3]   It is a long way from Guildford, even on a wet and very windy night, to the industrial N.E. of England at the turn of the 20th Century. But Isabella Bywater’s set, visible in its sombre gloom to the audience entering the auditorium for this Northern Broadsides production, certainly ...

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Rutherford And Son – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Githa Sowerby Director: Sir Jonathan Miller Reviewer: Sue Collier [Rating: 5] “Your father is a control freak. The family business is a millstone round your neck. Home feels like a prison. And yet you have dreams …” This powerful drama presents the tensions between capitalism and labour and examines in particular, the place and importance of women in Edwardian ...

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Rutherford and Son – Watford Palace Theatre, Watford

Writer: Githa Sowerby Director: Jonathan Miller Reviewer: Harry Stern [rating:4] It’s stark, it’s bleak, it’s cruel and it’s worth going a very long way to see. Barrie Rutter’s Northern Broadsides have made their reputation with straightforward, no nonsense, speak-as-you-find productions. Recently they have coaxed some big names to work with them, notably Lenny Henry to play Othello a couple of ...

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Rutherford & Son – Rose Theatre, Kingston-upon-Thames

Writer: Githa Sowerby Director: Jonathan Miller Reviewer: Deborah Klayman [rating:3.5] Just over a hundred years after it was written and first performed, Northern Broadsides’ production of Rutherford &Son successfully transports the piece from Githa Sowerby’s native Gateshead to the Yorkshire moors. Aided by the strong cast and impressive set, the grim and gritty quality of the play feels incredibly current ...

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Rutherford & Son – Oxford Playhouse

Writer: Githa Sowerby Director: Jonathan Miller Reviewer: Carol Evans [rating:4] Barrie Rutter packs a powerhouse performance as the domineering patriarch in Northern Broadsides’ impressive production of Githa Sowerby’s Rutherford &Son at Oxford Playhouse this week. Written in 1912, it is based on the author’s grandfather who ran a glass works in the north of England around that time. It centres ...

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