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Shadowlands – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Shadowlands cast sat around a table having tea

Writer: William Nicholson Director: Alastair Whatley Reviewer: Steve Turner William Nicholson’s Shadowlands was first presented as a television drama before transferring to the stage and then to the big screen in a film featuring Anthony Hopkins and Debra Winger. Nicholson’s study of love found and then lost in later life avoids any mawkish sentimentality, delivering instead a touching, heartfelt and ...

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Chicago – New Theatre, Oxford

CHICAGO. John Partridge as 'Billy Flynn'

Lyrics: Fred Ebb Music: John Kander Book: Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse Director: Walter Bobbie Reviewer: Fergus Morgan   Chicago. The late 1920s. A city overrun with waist-coated gangsters, sleazy lawyers, and dolled-up dancing girls in short, sparkling dresses. A city in which every guy speaks out of the corner of his mouth and all the women blow seductive kisses ...

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Flare Path – Oxford Playhouse

Claire Andreadis,William Reay,Jamie Hogarth and Audrey Palmer in the 2016 National tour of Flare Path

Writer: Terence Rattigan Director: Justin Audibert Reviewer: Fergus Morgan   In every programme biography of Terence Rattigan, there is a paragraph or two on how his star fell from grace in the 1950s with the arrival of Beckett, Brecht and most importantly, John Osborne’s Look Back In Anger. One imagines that in 50 years’ time, the same biographies will refer ...

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News: Canine Star needed for Of Mice And Men

Dudley Sutton in Of Mice And Men

Potential canine stars are being sought to appear in The Touring Consortium and Birmingham Repertory Theatre's new touring production of Of Mice And Men. Badger, the previous dog to play Candy's Dog died just before rehearsals began so a new dog is being sought to step into the role. No previous acting experience is required and the dog will be ...

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Season’s Greetings – The Old Fire Station, Oxford

The cast of Seasons Greetings

Writer: Alan Ayckbourn Director: Simon Tavener Reviewer: Fergus Morgan   Fairy lights. Carol services. Mince pies. Mulled wine and Alan Ayckbourn’s farcical comedy Season’s Greetingsabout a dysfunctional family Christmas. All sure signs that 25 December is just around the corner. Oxford Theatre Guild’s production of Ayckbourn’s classic play, although it features more furious rows than festive cheer, is nonetheless a ...

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The Tempest – Oxford Playhouse

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Phelim McDermott Reviewer: Fergus Morgan The Tempest – supposedly Shakespeare’s swansong – is also one of his most enigmatic, most consciously theatrical plays. It twists elements of romance, comedy, and tragedy into a multi-faceted whole, which is at times funny, at times sad, and at times piercingly relevant. Improbable, in this co-production with Northern Stage and ...

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Ariane Mnouchkine – Oxford Playhouse

Reviewer: Fergus Morgan Ariane Mnouchkine has led an industrious, innovative, inspirational life in theatre. It has been a life of ups and downs, successes and failures, and it all began on the stage of the Oxford Playhouse over 50 years ago. In an intimate conversation with Professor Oliver Taplin on that very stage, Mnouchkine re-treads that journey, taking a rapt ...

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East Is East – Oxford Playhouse

Writer: Ayub Khan-Din Director: Sam Yates Reviewer: Fergus Morgan How can one marry two disparate cultures, quite literally, into one happy family? How can the patriarchal structure of strict Islam be comfortably aligned with the liberalism of post-60s Britain? These are the questions that Ayub Khan-Din places at the heart of East Is East, his comic depiction of Salford’s Khan ...

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