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The Rivals – Arcola Theatre, London

Writer: Richard Brinsley Sheridan Director: Selina Cadell Reviewer: Elizabeth Vile   Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s witty, joyous and funny play The Rivals is brought vividly to life in the intimate setting of the Arcola Theatre. This full length version of the production fizzes with energy and keeps the audience entertained throughout the whole three hours (including interval). The story mainly revolves ...

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The Libertine – Bristol Old Vic

Writer: Stephen Jeffreys Director: Dominic Hill Reviewer: Joan Phillips The Libertine is based on the true story of John Wilmot, the second Earl of Rochester. Set in Restoration London while Charles II was on the throne, Rochester has everything going for him. He is a poet and playwright, intelligent and witty, vigorously healthy, wealthy, married, and a personal favourite of ...

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The Busy Body – Southwark Playhouse, London

Writer: Susanna Centlivre Director: Jessica Swale Reviewer: Ian Foster [rating:5] Miranda loves Sir George Airey but wants to make him work for her hand while fending off her lecherous guardian Sir Francis Gripe, whose son Charles is in love with Isabinda whose marvellously named mother Lady Jealous Traffic is determined to marry her off to a Spanish merchant. There's also ...

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