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Hysteria – Hampstead Theatre, London

Writer: Terry Johnson Director: Terry Johnson Reviewer: Harry Stern [rating:3.5] It is fortunate that Terry Johnson is both an intellectual heavyweight and a brilliantly witty and assured theatrical craftsman. To take on the Sigmund Freud as he slowly dies of cancer of the mouth and present him as the major protagonist in a play that veers between farce and surrealism ...

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A Little Hotel on the Side – Theatre Royal, Bath

Writers: Georges Feydeau &Maurice Desvallieres (adapted by John Mortimer) Director: Lindsay Posner Reviewer: Naomi Stevens [Rating:4.5] This production has it all. It is side-splittingly funny, slightly risqué with an outstanding cast. In three acts, all relatively short in length and set across two different locations, A Little Hotel on the Side is a fast paced story with a number of ...

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Noises Off – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Michael Frayn Director: Lindsay Posner Reviewer: Matthew Nichols [Rating:5] It was Edward Gordon Craig who declared that, “farce is the essential theatre.” He might well be right. Now established as an almost heritage theatre form, farce appears to belong to a bygone era; a time of four doors, a telephone, sexual misdemeanour and confusion over names. When done correctly ...

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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Tennessee Williams Director: Sarah Esdaile Designer: Francis O’Connor Composer and Arranger: Simon Beddoe Reviewer: S. E. Webster [rating:5] It’s impossible to deny it; West Yorkshire Playhouse has a fantastic programme of theatre shows this season and theatre-goers really are spoilt for choice, from children’s classics to gritty theatre that really pushes the boundaries. Latest in the autumn line-up is ...

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Antony and Cleopatra – Chichester Festival Theatre, Chichester

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Janet Suzman Reviewer: Jane Pink [rating: 4] “We think that Cleopatra was in and out of every famous bed in the known world, due to Octavius Caesar’s efficient spin-machine … which set out to ruin her reputation and totally succeeded” says director Janet Suzman of Cleopatra and we may well come to her story with inbuilt ...

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The Real Thing – Theatre Royal, Brighton

Author: Tom Stoppard Director: Kate Saxon Reviewer: Bill Avenell [rating:4]   Some of my fondest memories of the Theatre are associated with Tom Stoppard plays, Jumpers and Travesties in particular which I saw when first written 30 years or so ago. So I was very much looking forward to the visit to Brighton last night, even though in competition with ...

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