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The Madness of George III – Nottingham Playhouse

Writer: Alan Bennett Director: Adam Penford Reviewer: Dave Smith As Adam Penford’s first season at the helm of Nottingham Playhouse draws to a close, there seems to be a new air of confidence about the place. And what better way to cement that than with a revival of one of Britain’s more celebrated playwright’s more celebrated plays, featuring the sort ...

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Kindertransport – Nottingham Playhouse

Writer: Diane Samuels Director: Fiona Buffini Reviewer: Dave Smith The Kindertransport was an organised effort to rescue Jewish children from the increasingly hostile atmosphere in Germany in the months leading up to the outbreak of World War II. The reception these refugees received was not always as welcoming as we might hope it would have been given the circumstances; the ...

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Our Country’s Good – Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

Writer: Timberlake Wertenbaker Director: Fiona Buffini Designer: Neil Murray Reviewer: Charlotte Broadbent In 2014 five dynamic and distinct theatre companies collaborated to create a ground-breaking production of The Threepenny Opera. No one had predicted that the success of this venture would see the collective invite two more organisations to join the fray. Thus Ramps on the Moon consortium was born, ...

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Holes – Nottingham Playhouse

Writer: Louis Sachar Director: Adam Penford Reviewer: Dave Smith Having got his tenure as Artistic Director at Nottingham Playhouse off to a solid start with local mining paean Wonderland, Adam Penford here significantly raises the bar with this unendingly inventive and entertaining adaptation of Louis Sachar’s modern classic novel Holes. This is a clever and intelligently directed combination of humour, silliness, ...

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Wonderland – Nottingham Playhouse

Writer: Beth Steel Director: Adam Penford Reviewer: Dave Smith There’s no escaping the fact that how you view the events and politics of the 1983/84 miners’ strike is going to have a serious impact on how you view Beth Steel’s homage to the camaraderie and courage of Britain’s now all but disappeared mining communities. As the daughter of a Nottinghamshire ...

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The Kite Runner – Northcott Theatre, Exeter

Novel: Khaled Hosseini Stage adaptation: Matthew Spangler Director: Giles Croft Reviewer: Swati Arora A grand narrative about moving continents and inter-generational conflict comes alive in this visually stunning production of The Kite Runner. Amir, the narrator of his own tale, struggles to carry the burden of masculinity, as he tries in vain to make his Baba feel proud of him. ...

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Pride and Prejudice – Nottingham Playhouse

Writer: Sara Pascoe from the book by Jane Austen Director: Susannah Tresilian Reviewer: Dave Smith Play fast and loose with national treasures and you’re going to upset a few people – just ask Emma Rice. So when it was announced that Sara Pascoe, stand-up comedian and veteran of any number of television comedy shows such as Mock the Week, Frankie Boyle’s ...

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Dangerous Corner – Nottingham Playhouse

Four women in thirties costume, three seated, one standing

Writer: J. B. Priestley Director: Karen Henson Reviewer: David Robinson Due to some essential refurbishment work at the Nottingham Theatre Royal, the regular Colin McIntyre summer thriller season moves down the road and around a corner or two and arrives promptly for a run at the Playhouse. Dangerous Corner was JB Priestley’s first attempt at writing a full-length play although ...

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