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A Day in the Death of Joe Egg – Trafalgar Studios, London

Writer: Peter Nichols Director: Simon Evans Reviewer: Maryam Philpott In times of crisis Brits are famous for a sense of humour and endless stoicism but while that “Blitz Spirit” may apply to times of war and national crisis, Peter Nichols semi-biographical 1967 play A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, enjoying a rare outing at the Trafalgar Studios, suggests ...

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Stones in His Pockets – Liverpool Playhouse

Writer: Marie Jones Director: Lindsay Posner Reviewer: Tate James “People watch movies for a happy ending. We don’t watch movies to get depressed: that’s why we have the theatre” Marie Jones’ wilfully witty and sometimes-sarcastic script may be packed with quips from its pair of everyday heroes, yet this charming two-hander is far from depressing. As many recover from a ...

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DUBLIN THEATRE FESTIVAL: Saint Nicholas – Smock Alley, Dublin

Writer: Conor McPherson Director: Simon Evans Reviewer: Laura Marriott “In the dark, there are vampires.” So, first things first. This is Brendan Coyle’s return to the Irish stage for the first time since 2002 and he is reuniting with playwright Conor McPherson for the Irish premiere of Saint Nicholas. For everyone wanting to know if it was worth the wait: ...

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The Jungle Book – Richmond Theatre

Writer/lyrics: Jessica Swale Composer/lyrics: Joe Stilgoe Director: Max Webster Reviewer: David Guest A creative and lively new take on Kipling’s The Jungle Book ensures there’s more than a little animal magic conjured up at Richmond Theatre. Audiences familiar only with the Disney animated classic version won’t find even a smattering of bare necessities, but thanks to a contemporary king of ...

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The Wind In The Willows – London Palladium

Writer: Julian Fellowes Composer: George Styles Lyricist: Anthony Drewe Director: Rachel Kavanaugh Reviewer: Tom Finch Based on the classic novel by Kenneth Grahame, a new musical adaptation of The Wind in the Willows has opened in the West End for a Summer run. Sticking faithfully to the original source material the show follows Ratty, Moley and Badger as they attempt ...

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Relatively Speaking – Theatre Royal, Bath

Writer: Alan Ayckbourn Director: Robin Herford Reviewer: Harry Mottram  Would a fat, badly dressed, grumpy old man really pull an attractive young woman 30 years younger than him? If he was stylish, well-groomed and sophisticated with pots of money – maybe. But a gone-to-seed Robert Powell playing a boring middle-aged grouch – no. And that is the central problem of ...

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The Wind in the Willows – The Mayflower, Southampton

Writer: Julian Fellowes Music and Lyrics: George Stiles, Andrew Drewe Director: Rachel Kavanaugh Reviewer: David Jobson After more than a century, The Wind in the Willows still enchants children with its charming tale. It has been adapted countless times for stage, movie and TV. Now it’s traipsing the open road with songs to match in this new musical adaptation of ...

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Relatively Speaking – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Writer: Alan Ayckbourn Director: Robin Herford Reviewer: Selwyn Knight  Ginny and Greg met a month ago but the attraction was immediate and they are now happily cohabiting. Not an unusual story nowadays, perhaps, but maybe more so in 1965 London, the setting for Alan Ayckbourn’s Relatively Speaking, his first West End hit play. First performed in 1967, Ginny and Greg’s storyline ...

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