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An August Bank Holiday Lark – Oldham Coliseum

Writer: Deborah McAndrew Director: Barrie Rutter Reviewer: Ruth Lovett This uplifting yet tragic tale is set against the outbreak of World War One and its eventual effect on a small Lancashire mill town; steeped in tradition where the locals work hard but also know how to celebrate when the opportunity arises. Membership of the local Morris Men side is almost ...

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An August Bank Holiday Lark – Oxford Playhouse

Writer: Deborah McAndrew Director: Barrie Rutter Reviewer: Fergus Morgan This year marks the centenary of the outbreak of the First Word War; fittingly, 2014 is also the 50th anniversary of the publication of Philip Larkin’s famously stirring poem MCMXIV, in which lines of volunteers queuing up to enlist are said to be "Grinning as if it were all / An ...

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WHATS HOT – Week beginning Monday 12th May 2014

Miss Saigon – Prince Edward Theatre, London The heat is back on in London’s West End as the newly announced British billionaire Sir Cameron Mackintosh lands his 25th anniversary production of Boubil and Schonberg’s Miss Saigon. Based on Puccini’s Madame Butterfly this tragic and epic musical re-envisions Puccini’s opera during the Vietnam War. Directed by Laurence Connor – the same ...

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An August Bank Holiday Lark – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Deborah McAndrew Music: Conrad Nelson Director: Barrie Rutter Reviewer: Sue Collier It is 1914. Everyone has stopped working at the mill and they are excitedly preparing for ‘Wakes Week’, the celebration of the Rushbearing Festival. The local Morris Dancing team are rehearsing for their parade through the village and the Rush Wagon is piled high with cut reeds, on ...

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Accidental Death of an Anarchist – Oldham Coliseum Theatre, Oldham

Writer: Dario Fo Adaptor: Deborah McAndrew Director: Kevin Shaw Reviewer: Jo Beggs You could say that this is a timely revival. But, sad to say, there’s never been a time in over forty years of this play’s life that it hasn’t been topical. Written in response to the bungled interrogation of a bombing suspect in Milan, Dario Fo’s 1970 satire ...

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An August Bank Holiday Lark – New Vic, Newcastle under Lyme

Writer: Deborah McAndrew Director: Barrie Rutter Reviewer: Matthew Jackson “Keep Calm and Carry On” was the title of an unused poster in World War Two and what a play that recognises that idea. An August Bank Holiday Lark set before and during World War One shows how a rural community in Lancashire is affected by the war. As Director Barrie ...

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The Grand Gesture – Liverpool Playhouse

Writer: Nikolai Erdman Adaptor: Deborah McAndrew Director: Conrad Nelson Reviewer: David Noble [rating:4] There is something wonderful about seeing a performance that is knowingly verbose, that revels in its use of language and has a real grasp on the construction of dialogue. Enter: The Grand Gesture, Deborah McAndrew’s interpretation of Nikolai Erdman’s 1928 play The Suicide, a play written in ...

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Rutherford and Son – St James Theatre, London

Writer: Githa Sowerby Director: Jonathan Miller Reviewer: Stephen Bates [rating:4] Less than a year after first opening its doors, the St James has already established itself as a regular destination for discerning theatre-goers. Its policy of providing a Central London stage for the cream of productions from regional and fringe theatres is yielding rich dividends. There will be few better ...

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