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Doctor Faustus – Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London

Writer: Christopher MarloweDirector: Paulette RandallReviewer: Scott Matthewman Now that Emma Rice’s electric lights have faded away like a neon fever dream at Shakespeare’s Globe, the venue’s latest production of Doctor Faustus returns to the candlelight staging within the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse that is, perhaps, far more appropriate for Marlowe’s tale of witchcraft and devilry. Amongst the heritage staging, though, director Paulette Randall ...

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Daisy Pulls It Off – Park Theatre, London

Writer: Denise Deegan Director: Paulette Randall Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Denise Deegan’s tribute to 1920s adventures set in the sporty, spotty world of girls’ boarding schools went down a storm in the West End in the 1980s and has been revived regularly ever since. Part of the reason for that is that, at its heart, it’s a blank template. The basic ...

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The Disappearance of Dorothy Lawrence – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer: Julie McNamara Director: Paulette Randall Reviewer: Paul Couch   One way or another, there’s a story to be told about Dorothy Lawrence, a 19-year-old female reporter at the beginning of the 20th Century. She claimed that, in the face of cultural resistance, she rode on a bicycle to the front lines of the Somme in 1915 and posed as ...

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INTERVIEW: Julie McNamara and Paulette Randall

The centenary of the First World War has led to a resurgence of interest in stories from the era. Many, now long forgotten, voices of the War have begun to resurface. Many of those voices though are from the men who fought but the true story of Dorothy Lawrence, who disguised herself as a man and rode to the front ...

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Rudy’s Rare Records – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Writer: Danny Robins Director: Paulette Randall Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Rudy’s Rare Records is an institution in Handsworth. Harking back to a bygone age, it is full of vinyl records. It is also in a prime spot for redevelopment. But in these days of instant music downloads, is there a place for such a shop? As Rudy says, you can’t download ...

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Fences – Duchess Theatre, London

Writer: August Wilson Director: Paulette Randall Reviewer: Harry Stern [rating:3.5] It is only when Lenny Henry leaves the stage of this absorbing drama of an extended family, living and loving in the Pittsburg of second half of the last century, that you realise the extent of the intensity and raw power of his performance. While he is present he dominates ...

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Fences – Oxford Playhouse

Writer: August Wilson Director: Paulette Randall Reviewer: Mary Tapper [Rating:4] In 2009 Lenny Henry appeared as Othello in a Northern Broadsides production, to widespread critical acclaim, and it is fair to say that since then he has never looked back. 2012 saw him appearing in The Comedy of Errors at The National Theatre and here he is branching out to ...

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Fences – Milton Keynes Theatre

Writer: August Wilson Director: Paulette Randall Reviewer: Maggie Constable [rating:3.5] Recently very much a part of the Comic Relief Red Nose Day fundraising fun, Lenny Henry has also been seen on the West End stage in Othello, a rôle he performed with great presence and utter believability. In Fences, Theatre Royal Bath’s production at Milton Keynes this week, he takes ...

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