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The Entertainer – Richmond Theatre, London

Writer: John Osborne Director: Sean O’Connor Reviewer: David Guest Updating a classic play might be regarded by some as theatrical and artistic suicide, especially when the work in question is widely thought of as one of the greatest dramas written in the 20th Century. However, the classy production of John Osborne’s The Entertainer, which finishes its first ever UK tour ...

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The Entertainer – Opera House, Manchester

Director: Sean O’Connor Writer: John Osborne Reviewer: Andrea Allen Performed to rave reviews on its opening night in 1957, Sean O’Connor’s 21st Century revival of ‘angry young man’ John Osborne’s play, unfortunately, doesn’t live up to the same acclaim. In the correct hands, The Entertainer might be a timely choice for 2019, a year marred with political uncertainty, economic turbulence ...

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The Entertainer – Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

Writer: John Osborne Director: Sean O’Connor Reviewer: James Garrington The country is in turmoil. The people are divided, with strong views on both sides of the argument. Parliament is split with some fervent and vocal opposition to the Government’s plans. The Rice household is equally divided – Billy Rice gets all of his news from The Sun and rants constantly ...

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The Entertainer – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: John Osborne Director: Sean O’Connor Reviewer: Kelyn Luther This production of The Entertainer, John Osborne’s play about Archie Rice, a faded vaudevillian dodging the taxman and dodging the reality of his son fighting in Suez, is the first to update the play’s setting. Director Sean O’Connor has set the play in 1982, during the Falklands war. Rather than Archie ...

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The Entertainer – Milton Keynes Theatre

Writer: John Osborne Director: Sean O’Connor Reviewer: Maggie Constable Milton Keynes Theatre this week entertains us with an updated version of John Osborne’s classic play, The Entertainer, starring Shane Richie. Audiences will not be disappointed. Originally set at the time of the Suez crisis, we now find ourselves transported to the early 80s, the backdrop this time being the Falklands ...

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The Remains of the Day – Royal & Derngate Theatre, Northampton

Writer: Barney Norris, from the book by Kazuo Ishiguro Director: Christopher Haydon Reviewer: James Garrington The Remains of the Day is, without doubt, an extraordinary piece of theatre. This world premiere production is based on Kazuo Ishiguro’s masterpiece, and it is done extremely well. Like the book, it contains a great many themes and strands, sometimes interwoven and sometimes standing alone and ...

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Trouble in Mind – The Print Room at the Coronet, London

Writer: Alice Childress Director: Laurence Boswell Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Theatre is about unity; a group of performers and creatives coming together with an audience to tell stories. But this idea implies there is equality between these groups, which is still far from the case. Alice Childress’ 1955 play Trouble in Mind which transfers from the Theatre Royal in Bath to ...

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King Lear – Hall For Cornwall, Truro

King Lear featuring Michael Pennington

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Max Webster Reviewer: Jess Rowe The darkness in Shakespeare’s aching family tragedy remains resolute in Royal &Derngate’s production ofKing Lear, with a never-ending sense of solemnity by the end. Following the ageing tyrant and title character, revived beautifully by Oliver-nominated Michael Pennington, whose mighty flaw is his inability to distinguish between forced materialistic love and that ...

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