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Queen Anne – Theatre Royal, Haymarket

Writer: Helen Edmundson Director: Natalie Abrahami Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty Fascination with monarchy and the frailties and frivolities of the ruling classes has never really gone out of fashion with the public. Watching a work such as Helen Edmundson’s Queen Anne reinforces the fact that politics, both high and low, has always been, to some degree, crude, rude, unseemly and scrappy. ...

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The History Boys – Grand Opera House, York

Writer: Alan Bennett Director: Kate Saxon Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Alan Bennett’s multi award winning The History Boys is currently playing to theatres nationwide. It is about a class of eight boys who have sat their A’ Levels and are staying an extra term with an aim of getting into Oxford University. Set in the 1980s, and era recognised by the ...

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The History Boys – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer: Alan Bennett Director: Kate Saxon Reviewer: Glen Pearce It may be set in the 1980s but there is a timeless quality to Alan Bennett’s The History Boys that ensures it resonates with all ages. The landscape may have changed but the themes and topics brought so vividly to life in Bennett’s witty and observant wordplay remains as fresh as ...

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The History Boys – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Alan Bennett Director: Kate Saxon Reviewer: Dominic Corr In late 2013 Alan Bennett’s The History Boys was named the nation’s favourite play, with its numerous awards (Olivier best new play) many cited it as Bennett’s finest work. Despite its 80's setting, education has always been one of the forefront issues of British politics and society, its value and the ...

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The History Boys – New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Writer: Alan Bennett Director: Kate Saxon Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Award-winning The History Boys is widely regarded as one of Alan Bennett’s finest hours, including helpings of whimsy and beautifully observed comic dialogue with a steel underbelly. It tells the story of a group of bright grammar school boys preparing for the Oxbridge entrance examinations that were designed to be more ...

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The History Boys – The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Writer: Alan Bennett Director: Kate Saxon Reviewer: Nicole Evans Set in the 1980’s, six Tony Award winning, The History Boys aims to point out the strengths and flaws of an education system perceived to be rapidly declining. Covering a class of boys preparing for a shot at Oxbridge exams it explores every aspect of confusion in both teaching and being ...

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Orlando – The Royal Exchange, Manchester

Writer: Virginia Woolf Adapter: Sarah Ruhl Score: Isobel Waller- Bridge Director: Max Webster Reviewer: Dave Cunningham After great success with a version of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ director Max Webster returns to The Royal Exchange with another literary adaptation. ‘Orlando’, written by Virginia Woolf, is a novel in which fantastical events occur without any attempt at rationalisation. Sarah Ruhl’s adaptation, ...

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King Lear – Almeida Theatre, London

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Michael Attenborough Review: Steve Barfield [rating:4.5] This is a play which has become almost synonymous with the creative pinnacle of great classical actors who reach the age to play the title rôle and this production is no exception: Jonathan Pryce makes the rôle his own and it is a bravura display of acting by one of ...

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