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Love’s Labour’s Lost – Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Nick Bagnall Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty Love's Labour's Lost is more a philosophic meditation on art, love and melancholy than a play. But in the best way. A rattling thoroughfare of discourse, pretty words, wit and self indulgent writing from Shakespeare takes us through a lacklustre plot about princes and princesses. Far from heavy going, however, the ...

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The Big I Am – Everyman Theatre, Liverpool

Writer: Henrik Ibsen Adaptor: Robert Farquhar Director: Nick Bagnall It would fair to say we have all encountered someone like Peer Gynt at some point in our life: bold, brash, cocky, a charmer, and chancer, who can equally talk is way out of a scrape as he could adeptly talk himself into one. He is the sort of person you ...

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Romeo & Juliet – Liverpool Everyman

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Nick Bagnall Reviewer: Abbie Rippon If you were to ask anyone to list the ten most famous plays of all time, Romeo & Juliet would be up there. It is one of the most iconic pieces of writing ever produced and has been reworked in a multitude of mediums from films to musicals to ballets; this ...

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The Conquest of the South Pole – Liverpool Everyman, Liverpool

Writer: Manfred Karge Director: Nick Bagnall Reviewer: Katherine Kirwin In Manfred Karge’s The Conquest of the South Pole we are introduced to the interminably dull lives of four men who exist in a cycle of tea, fishing and not working. Faced with the existential crisis of one of their troop at the opening of the show (Seiffert played in brilliant ...

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The Two Gentlemen of Verona – Liverpool Everyman

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Nick Bagnall Reviewer: John Roberts Let's get the obvious out of the way... The Two Gentlemen of Verona isn't Shakespeare's finest play; it lacks the finesse in both structure and wit shown in his later works and it's easy to see why scholars have argued that this is potentially the first work of a very young ...

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Two Gentlemen of Verona – The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Saint Austell

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Nick Bagnall Reviewer: Marina Spark Shakespeare's Globe and the Liverpool Everyman &Playhouse present Shakespeare's Two Gentlemen of Verona at Kneehigh's Asylum tent this summer. The Asylum tent sits in an idyllic, isolated corner of Cornwall nestled in the grounds of the Lost Gardens of Heligan. This alternative theatre space houses the sparsely filled stage with ease ...

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I Am Not Myself These Days – The Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter

Tom Stuart in drag as Aqua Disiac

Adaptor: Tom Stuart Writer: Josh Kilmer-Purcell Director: Nick Bagnall Choreographer: Ann Yee Reviewer: Lucy Corley   Why are not more people making theatre like this? I Am Not Myself These Days is difficult to describe – like its leading lady, the show doesn’t conform to any standards of ‘normal’, so words do not really do it justice. Adapted by actor ...

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The Odyssey: Missing Presumed Dead – Northcott Theatre, Exeter

The Odyssey by Simon Armitage

Writer: Simon Armitage Director: Nick Bagnall Reviewer: Christy Ku   “Grief for the missing is worse than the grief for the dead.” A high-ranking government minister is sent abroad to Istanbul as a representative on a diplomatic mission. Smith is a man who has already missed too many birthdays and hospital visits, been too absent from home, when a bar ...

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