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Hard Times – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Charles Dickens Adaptation: Deborah McAndrew Director: Conrad Nelson Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Charles Dickens wrote the novel Hard Times in 1854. Set in Coketown, the North of England, he outlined the society at the time and criticised the social and economic conditions.  Northern Broadsides brings Deborah McAndrew’s colourful stage adaptation to the West Yorkshire Playhouse, as part of a UK ...

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Hard Times – Lowry Theatre,Salford

Writer: Charles Dickens Adapted by: Deborah McAndrew Director and Composer: Conraad Nelson Reviewer: Helen Jones Charles Dicken's tenth novel, Hard Times, was first published between April and August 1854 in twenty installments in Dicken's own weekly publication Household Words. Set in a fictionalised Northern mill town, possibly based on Preston, which Dickens had recently visited, it is a view on ...

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Cyrano – New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-Under-Lyme

Writer: Edmond Rostand Adaptor: Deborah McAndrew Director: Conrad Nelson Reviewer: Matthew Bagnall Both heart-warming and heart-breaking in equal measure, this adaptation of Edmond Rostand’s play Cyrano de Bergerac is a poetic delight. Taking a classic and reimagining it into a culturally relevant piece of art is no mean feat, yet Northern Broadsides consistently achieve this through their adaptations. Cyrano is ...

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Brassed Off – Oldham Coliseum

Brassed Off at Oldham Collesium

Writer: Mark Herman Adaptor: Paul Allen Director: Kevin Shaw Reviewer: Iain Sykes The appearance of Brassed Off on the schedules of Oldham Coliseum is a regular occurrence. Three productions of the play, adapted by Paul Allen from Mark Herman’s screenplay for the 1996 film of the same name, have graced the boards here in the last eleven years, and the ...

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Taking Charlie – Lowry, Salford

Writer: Neil Warhurst Director: Andy Williams Reviewer: Jo Beggs In 1978, just two months after his funeral, Charlie Chaplin’s body was stolen and Chaplin’s widow Oona began receiving ransom messages, by telephone, demanding 600,000 Francs. The kidnappers have chosen the wrong man. “Charlie would have thought it ridiculous” she told the press, and held out long enough for the police ...

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Taking Charlie – Harrogate Theatre

Writer: Neil Warhurst Reviewer: Rosie Revell They say truth is stranger than fiction. One of the strangest stories out there is the true story of the abduction of Charlie Chaplin’s dead body from his Swiss grave in 1978. Goofus, an exciting new theatre company, present this story as their first ever tour and it is an interesting mix of fantasy, ...

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Mother Courage and Her Children – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Bertolt Brecht Translator: Tony Kushner Director: Chris Honer Reviewer: Clare Boswell [Rating:3.5] Manchester’s Library Theatre Company has opened its 2013 production season with Brecht’s powerful and timeless classic ‘Mother Courage and Her Children’. The new translation by Academy Award winning Tony Kushner makes Brecht’s play truly accessible, richly drawing upon the playwright’s acerbic humour. ‘Mother Courage and Her Children’ ...

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Arabian Nights – The Library Theatre Company at The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Dominic Cooke Music: Arun Ghosh Director: Amy Leach Reviewer: Helen Jones [rating:4.5] The Library Theatre Company have once again brought their Christmas show to the Lowry and this year it is a treat for the senses.Arabian Nights is based upon the book of collated stories from South and West Asia compiled in the tenth and eleventh centuries. The production ...

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