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Opening Skinner’s Box – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Based on the book by Lauren Slater Director: Phelim McDermott and Lee Simpson Reviewer: Stephen Brennan Improbable Theatre’s Opening Skinner’s Box is described as “a whistle-stop tour of the scientific quest to make sense of what we are and who we are,” and with such ambitious aims, the piece could very easily have drowned under the weight of philosophical ...

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A Christmas Carol – Noel Coward Theatre, London

Jim Broadbent and Sam Spiro in A Christmas Carol

Writer: Patrick Barlow Director: Phelim McDermott Reviewer: Maryam Philpott   The character of Scrooge is always given quite a hard time for hating Christmas, although these days seeing as the marketing begins in August and by mid-December all that false cheer is starting to grate, you might be forgiven for thinking that maybe he has a point. And spending Christmas ...

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The Tempest – Oxford Playhouse

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Phelim McDermott Reviewer: Fergus Morgan The Tempest – supposedly Shakespeare’s swansong – is also one of his most enigmatic, most consciously theatrical plays. It twists elements of romance, comedy, and tragedy into a multi-faceted whole, which is at times funny, at times sad, and at times piercingly relevant. Improbable, in this co-production with Northern Stage and ...

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NEWS: Jim Broadbent leads Christmas Carol cast

Veteran actor Jim Broadbent is to return to the stage to play Ebenezer Scrooge in a new version ofA Christmas Carol this Christmas at the Noel Coward Theatre, London. The show will preview from 30 November. Adapted byPatrick Barlowfrom Charles Dickens’ classic story, first published in 1843, Barlow’s production ofA Christmas Carolwill bring some of Dickens’ most memorable characters to ...

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Beauty and the Beast – Young Vic, London

Director: Phelim McDermott Reviewer: Harry Stern [rating:3.5] Despite a healthy disdain for political correctness and an attempt to wring humour out of a fable that gives itself easily to levity, despite an abandonment of restraint and ordinary sexual propriety, this wonderfully imaginative, witty and sexy production has an essential seriousness. For eighty minutes the Perrault fairy tale becomes a vehicle ...

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Beauty and the Beast – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Director: Phelim MCDermott Reviewer: Sue Collier [Rating: 4.5] This is a love story, of Beauty and the Beast and of Julie and Mat which teaches us what is important in life and how to recognise beauty and love. It’s defiantly not your usual family pantomime. ONEOFUS Theatre Company have inclusivity at the heart of all their productions. Mat Fraser and ...

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The Perfect American – ENO at the Coliseum, London

Composer: Philip Glass Libretto: Rudy Wurlitzer Director: Phelim McDermott Reviewer: Natalie Barker [rating:5] Having premiered at the Teatro Real Madrid in January, Philip Glass’ The Perfect American comes to ENO for a short run. Reviewers of the Madrid performance accused the opera of a hatchet job on Disney’s reputation but, although not pretty, this is not a character assassination rather ...

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