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Richard III – Arcola Theatre, London

Man in crown, woman in dark top

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Mehmet Ergen Reviewer: Ann Bawtree Richard III is a man everyone feels they know, or at least have an opinion about. For a King who reigned for only two years, his fame must largely be due to William Shakespeare’s dramatisation of his adult life. The picture painted in the play may or may not be historically ...

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Other People – St James’ Studio, London

Writers: Alan Ayckbourn and John Mortimer Directors: Lora Davies and Emma Faulkner Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Londoners are busier than ever before, our working hours are creeping ever upwards and there’s never enough time to fit in all the extra-curricular activities we want to do. But the St James’s Theatre has hit upon a fantastic premise for the culture-starved – “Lunchtime ...

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Beacons – Park Theatre, London

The cast of Beacons at Park Theatre

Writer: Tabitha Mortiboy Director: Philip Wilson Reviewer: Stephen Bates   “Fresh to you daily” boasts the sign on Julie’s ice cream van as it stands proudly at the top of Beachy Head, looking out to a stormy sea and a flashing lighthouse. The van is the centre point of Tabitha Mortiboy’s new one-act play, Beacons, in which three lonely and ...

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Ghost Stories – Arts Theatre, London

Writers: Andy Nyman and Jeremy Dyson Directors: Jeremy Dyson, Sean Holmes and Andy Nyman Reviewer: Scott Matthewman "Please keep the secrets of *Ghost Stories*," implores a tannoy announcement at the end of Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman's show. What is no secret is the production's undoubted success, from its first days at the Liverpool Playhouse, to a record-breaking 13-month run ...

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To Sir, With Love – Darlington Civic Theatre

Writer: E R Braithwaite Adapted by: Ayub Kahn Din Director: Mark Babych Reviewer: Mark Clegg [rating:4.5] Well known for its 1967 incarnation as a film starring Sidney Poitier and Lulu, this story has as much to say about society and attitudes now as ever before. As with his play East is East, Ayub Kahn Din’s new stage adaptation of E ...

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To Sir With Love – Alhambra Theatre, Bradford

Director: Mark Babych Writer: E.R. Braithwaite Choreographer: Nick Winston Reviewer: Sue Collier [Rating:4] This story is of E.R Braithwaite’s own life experiences in post war London after serving in the British Air Force during the war. Upon being demobbed, Ghanaian born Braithwaite found himself unable to gain employment in his chosen profession due to the strong anti – immigrant prejudice ...

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To Sir, With Love – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: E R Braithwaite Adaptor: Ayub Khan Din Director: Mark Babych Reviewer: Dominic Corr [rating:4] Rarely do we see a side of post war Britain which focuses on things we consider basic human rights, education and respect. To Sir, With Love is adapted by Ayub Khan Din from the original autobiographic story of ex RAF pilot E. R. Braithwaite. Following ...

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To Sir, With Love – Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

Adapted by: Ayub Khan Din from the book by E R Braithwaite Director: Mark Babych Reviewer: Jennie Philpot [Rating:4] To Sir, With Love is based on the autobiographical novel by E. R. Braithwaite about life in an inner-city school in the East End of London. Written in 1959 it is just as relevant now as it was back then, with ...

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