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INTERVIEW: Sue Devaney toasts When We Are Married

Sue Devaney in rehearsal for When We Are Married

Actress Sue Devaney has become one of TVs most recognisable faces, with iconic roles in Dinnerladies, Casualty, Johnny Briggs and Coronation Street behind her. Devaney though also has an extensive stage career and is currently in rehearsal for J. B. Priestley’s When We Are Married for Northern Broadsides and York Theatre Royal. She spoke to Glen Pearce about the play ...

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The Merry Wives – Liverpool Playhouse

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Barry Rutter Reviewer: Abbie Rippon The Merry Wives of Windsor is one of Shakespeare’s lesser performed plays. There is good reason for this. Very few people like to hear a bad word said about the bard but The Merry Wives isn’t his best work. It’s a bit barmy. The plot revolves around Sir John Falstaff (of ...

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The Merry Wives – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Barrie Rutter Designer: Lis Evans Reviewer: Ron Simpson Northern Broadsides’ productions are a miracle of re-invention. The current tour of The Merry Wives takes in 12 theatres, a mix of in-the-round, proscenium arch and thrust stages, plus the atmospheric combination of a narrow acting corridor and dark arches that constitute the company’s Halifax home. Turning around ...

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The Merry Wives – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Barrie Rutter Reviewer: Jo Beggs Sir John Falstaff is past his prime. But despite living alone above an ale-house and about as out of shape as a man can be, his vanity is still pretty intact. When he attempts to seduce not one, but two married women he sets himself up as the target for some ...

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Interview: Barrie Rutter on The Merry Wives

Image Credit: Nobby Clarke

By Ron Simpson Two hours before the matinee performance of The Merry Wives at the home of Northern Broadsides, Dean Clough Mill in Halifax, Barrie Rutter is talking about the production. The flowing hair and trim beard are part of his character of Sir John Falstaff; the fat suit will come later. For a play ostensibly set in Windsor, Northern ...

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The Merry Wives – The New Victoria Theatre, Newcastle Under Lyme

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Barrie Rutter Reviewer: Carol Lovatt   For a bawdy evening of spectacle and farce, The Merry Wives is a play not to be missed. A comedic masterpiece based on human emotion and misunderstanding, this creative production, directed by the powerhouse of Northern Broadsides, Barrie Rutter, is a feast of chaotic shenanigans and surreal storyline involving nocturnal ...

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The Winter’s Tale – Liverpool Playhouse

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Conrad Nelson Reviewer: Jamie Gaskin This is a tale of two halves. In the first, King Leontes gets the vaguest hint that his pregnant wife, Queen Hermione, has cuckolded him and is carrying his best friend King Polixenes’ child. It festers into deep suspicion and eventually spirals into an obsession. An obsession that destroys the happiness ...

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The Winters Tale – Harrogate Theatre

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Conrad Nelson Designer: Dawn Allsopp Musical Director: Rebekah Hughes Reviewer: Ron Simpson The Winter’s Tale is not an obvious choice for Northern Broadsides’ traditional style of bold and direct story-telling, being a play that gives up its secrets in the most indirect way, but Broadsides can be more subtle than most people think and have become ...

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