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Sherlock Holmes and the Sign of Four – Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh

Based on the novel by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Writer & Director: Nick Lane Reviewer: Dominic Corr Missing jewels, murder, romance and a chap with a wooden leg. If it wasn’t Sherlock Holmes, it would have to be something equally as impossible. Sherlock Holmes and the Sign of Four has our residents of Baker Street encounter Watson’s future wife Mary ...

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Sherlock Holmes: The Sign of Four – Theatre Royal, Wakefield

Writer: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Adapted by: Nick Lane Director: Nick Lane Composer: Tristan Parkes Designers: Victoria Spearing (set), Naomi Gibbs (costume) Reviewer: Ron Simpson Nick Lane’s reputation as an adaptor of classic novels and novellas is secure in Yorkshire, with his excellent work for Hull Truck and the Stephen Joseph in particular, and his production of Sherlock Holmes: The ...

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Sherlock Holmes: The Sign Of Four – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Writer: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Adaptor and Director: Nick Lane Reviewer: Steve Turner The second of Conan Doyle’s series of Sherlock Holmes novels, The Sign of Four is a slightly surprising choice for a stage treatment as it is built around a complex storyline incorporating flashbacks to various past episodes. Utilising some clever character changes and sticking close to the ...

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Alice in Wonderland – Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

Writer: Nick Lane Music/Lyrics: Simon Slater Director: Paul Robinson Associate Director/Choreographer: Erin Carter Designer: Helen Coyston Reviewer: Ron Simpson This is a difficult production to assess. On the one hand, anyone expecting to see Alice in Wonderland will be disappointed. The programme’s claim that is “by Lewis Carroll adapted by Nick Lane” is misleading; it’s by Nick Lane based on ...

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A (Scarborough) Christmas Carol – Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

Writer: Charles Dickens Adaptor: Nick Lane Music/Lyrics: Simon Slater Director: Paul Robinson Designer: Helen Coyston Reviewer: Ron Simpson A (Scarborough) Christmas Carol stirs up thoughts about the point when a play turns from being “by Charles Dickens adapted by Nick Lane” into “a new play by Nick Lane based on the story by Charles Dickens”. Despite amending the title Nick ...

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The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde – The Majestic Theatre, Darlington

Writer & Director: Nick Lane Based on the novella by:  Robert Louis Stevenson Reviewer: Mark Clegg Despite the titular character(s) being thoroughly ingrained in popular culture, and the phrase “Jekyll & Hyde” entering common parlance as a way of describing someone displaying erratic behaviour, it’s surprising how few people are familiar with the actual story of Robert Louis Stevenson’s most ...

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Men of the World – Theatre Royal, Wakefield

Writer: John Godber Director: Nick Lane Set/Lighting: Graham Kirk Reviewer: Ron Simpson While John Godber himself completes his tour of Shafted, the John Godber Company has revived his unpretentious and totally enjoyable Men of the World at its home base in Wakefield with cast and creatives that inevitably recall his former fiefdom at Hull Truck. Rob Angell, Dicken Ashworth (both ...

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Royal Flush – Square Chapel Centre for the Arts, Halifax

Writer/Director: Nick Lane Reviewer: Rosie Revell [Rating:4.5] Opening in 1882 we join Thomas Crapper on the eve of the first “royal flush” after being given a warrant to provide flushing toilets for Queen Victoria at Sandringham. Crapper writes a letter recounting his life and career to a lost love. After the interval the action moves to 2012 where Joe, a ...

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