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The Play That Goes Wrong – Lyceum, Sheffield

Writers: Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, Henry Shields Director: Mark Bell Reviewer: Jim Gillespie Since winning the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy in 2015, The Play That Goes Wrong has become an international juggernaut, overwhelming audiences on a global scale. Sheffield’s beautiful Lyceum Theatre hosts the latest outing of this phenomenon, affording a fitting traditional space for this venture. Even ...

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Love From a Stranger – Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Writers: Agatha Christie & Frank Vosper Director: Lucy Bailey Designer: Mike Britton Lighting: Oliver Fenwick Sound Designer & Composer: Richard Hammarton Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Adapted from a 1934 short story Philomel Cottage, Agatha Christie wrote an unperformed stage version of the same name which itself was re-written as Love From a Stranger by actor and playwright Frank Vosper in 1936. ...

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Birdsong – Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Writer: Rachel Wagstaff (adapted from the novel by Sebastian Faulks) Directors: Alastair Whatley with Charlotte Peters Designer: Victoria Spearing Lighting: Alex Wardle Sound: Dominic Bilkey Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Rachel Wagstaff has gamely taken on the adaptation of Sebastian Faulks' sprawling, nearly 500 page novel Birdsong, turning it into a two hour 20 minute stage play. First seen in the West ...

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Brighton Rock – The Lowry, Salford

Music: Hannah Peel Writer: Graham Greene Adaptor: Bryony Lavery Director: Esther Richardson Reviewer: Sam Lowe Anything is possible at the theatre, including the creation of one more week in the year. Yes, it is the Week 53 festival at The Lowry, and tonight's offering is Brighton Rock. Pilot Theatre aim to create theatre for young people, which allows them the ...

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McLuckie’s Line – Citizens Theatre, Glasgow

Writer: Martin Travers and Martin Docherty Reviewer: Fraser MacDonald Lawrence McLuckie isn’t exactly living up to his name; the down on his luck actor frantically fills the silence as he awaits the call from his agent to determine if he’s up for the dream role, the lead in a big budget Netflix movie. Whilst waiting on the call, he also ...

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Cathy – Citizens Theatre, Glasgow

Director: Adrian Jackson Writer: Ali Taylor Reviewer: Fraser MacDonald To commemorate 50 years since the release of Ken Loach’s Cathy Come Home and on their 25th anniversary, Cardboard Citizens theatre company revive Ali Taylor’s Cathy. After an unexpected visit from her new landlord, Cathy quickly finds herself possessing only the clothes she has stuffed in the bag carried by her ...

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The Match Box – Citizens Theatre, Glasgow

Director: Richard Baron Writer: Frank McGuinness  Reviewer: Fraser MacDonald Frank McGuinness is oft-cited as one of Ireland’s greatest dramatists. In his 90-minute, one-act, one-woman monologue The Match Box, McGuinness offers a running commentary in the headspace of a woman on the verge. The barren set is a metaphor for McGuinness’ protagonist. Sal has little joy in her world. Her story ...

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Syd & Sylvia – The Bikeshed, Exeter

Writer: Claudia Jefferies Reviewer: Gareth Roberts Claudia Jeffries' one-woman show Syd & Sylvia attempts to utilise the sleazy and misogynistic world of an ‘eighties working men's club as an entry point from which to explore broader themes of sexism. Performed with extraordinary timing and conviction and a style that is in equal parts brooding, manic and sinister, Jeffries’ brings to ...

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