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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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Mother Courage and her Children – Albion Electric Warehouse, Leeds

Writer: Bertolt Brecht Translator: Lee Hall Director: Rob Dixon Composer: Boff Whalley Designer: Sara Perks Reviewer: Ron Simpson Red Ladder’s remarkable production of Mother Courage and her Children makes a quite different use of the industrial space of Albion Electric Warehouse from the company’s previous The Shed Crew. The audience again promenades, but between more clearly defined areas, the Community ...

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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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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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East Is East – Theatre Royal, Bath

Writer: Ayub Khan Din Director: Sam Yates Reviewer: Kris Hallett East is Eastis now most fondly remembered as a raucous, hilarious 1999 BAFTA award-winning film with terrific central performances from Linda Bassett and Om Puri, which sugar-coated the darkness and violence underneath for smatterings of visual and verbal humour. Sam Yates’ production, now coming to the end of a tour ...

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East is East – Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Writer: Ayub Khan Din Music: Alex Baranowski Director: Sam Yates Reviewer:Lauren Humphreys Ayub Khan Din's strongly autobiographical play East is East (subsequently turned into a 1999 movie) about a mixed race family growing up in 1970s Salford, arrives in Glasgow this week. Over-bearing patriarch George (Genghis) Khan is a man desperately trying to keep alive his cultural traditions, but only ...

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East is East – Grand Opera House, York

Writer: Ayub Khan Din Music: Alex Baranowski Director: Sam Yates Reviewer: Janet Jepson “Being Pakistani is more than just a religion” declares Maneer in a heartfelt rant against his all-controlling father, ‘George’ Khan. Maneer is satisfied with his religion, but wants more freedom to make his own decisions in life. The rest of the Khan brood, his five brothers and ...

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East is East – Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury

Writer: Ayub Khan Din Director: Sam Yates Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Ayub Khan Din’s autobiographical play East is East is heading for its 20th anniversary next year with this touring production of the Trafalgar Studios’ recent revival. For most of the audience, it may be their first experience with the story in play form, with many having maybe seen the exemplary ...

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