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The Hobbit – The Dukes at Williamson Park, Lancaster

Writer: Kevin Dyer Director: Joe Sumsion Reviewer: May Mellstrom The Dukes walkabout theatre production in Lancaster's picturesque Williamson Park is becoming an annual summer highlight and after tackling Victorian England with literary classic Oliver Twist in 2015, this years offering takes a leap into the fantastical realm of Middle Earth with an adaptation of J.R.R Tolkein's The Hobbit. Bilbo Baggins ...

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Snow Child – The Lowry

Production image of cast member playing in the snow

Writer: Emma Reeves Director: Wendy Harris Reviewer: Jay Nuttall What if a little girl, made of snow, miraculously came to life? With a jam-packed Christmas season at The Lowry, this is a new adaptation of a Russian folk tale you may never have heard of, often entitled The Little Daughter of the Snow. It is a curious narrative, which has ...

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The Princess And The Pea – Crucible Lyceum Studio, Sheffield

Writer: Mike Kenny Artistic Director: Wendy Harris Music: Oliver Birch Reviewer: Jim Gillespie   “The simple things you see are all complicated”, sang The Who, and Leeds-based company tutti frutti would probably endorse this. Their Christmas offering at the Crucible Studio takes Hans Christian Anderson’s well-loved fairy tale of The Princess and the Pea, and tweaks it into a commentary ...

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The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari – Arcola Theatre, London

Writer: Sebastian Armesto and Dudley Hinton Director: Sebastian Armesto and Dudley Hinton Reviewer: Kate Klatsken [rating:4] In this modern adaptation of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Simple8 bring their own version of the 1920 silent horror film to life. The original screenplay by Hans Jonowitz and Carl Mayer directed by Robert Weine focused on low budget film making and used ...

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The Norman Conquests – Liverpool Playhouse

Writer: Alan Ayckbourn Director: Philip Wilson Reviewer: John Roberts [Rating:4.5] Alan Ayckbourn has certainly carved himself a much deserved place in the playwright hall of fame, having recently topped a poll to find the best playwright of the last 60 years. Written in 1973 and produced in Scarborough, The Norman Conquests trilogy are three individual interlocking plays (Table Manners, Living ...

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HighTide Festival: The Adventure – The Printworks, Halesworth

Writer: Oliver Birch Director: Dan Bird Reviewer: Glen Pearce [rating:4.5]   Some reviews are difficult to write, not because there isn’t anything to say about a production, but, because the fact that the element of surprise is so central to the success of the piece, that to say anything that would weaken the whole experience. So it is with Bad ...

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