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The Night Watch – Richmond Theatre, London

Writer: Hattie Naylor adapted from the book by Sarah Waters Director: Alastair Whatley Reviewer: Richard Maguire Without a doubt, The Night Watch is one of Sarah Waters’ finest novels. Meticulously researched, it follows the lives of a group of people, including four lesbians, over the Second World War. But instead of starting in 1939, Waters begins her book in 1947. ...

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Prism – Richmond Theatre, London

Writer/Director: Terry Johnson Reviewer: Scott Matthewman “Submit your life to any decent script editor and they’d reject it on structure alone,” Robert Lindsay’s Jack Cardiff tells us in Terry Johnson’s biographical play about the acclaimed Hollywood cinematographer. For Jack, now retired and succumbing to dementia, life is relived from scene to disjoint scene, experienced out of order – as if ...

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A Taste of Honey – Richmond Theatre, London

Writer: Shelagh Delaney Director: Bijan Sheibani Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Shelagh Delaney wrote her first play, A Taste of Honey, when she was just nineteen, and it shows. Not because it is naïve or imperfect, in the way so many other playwrights’ work is at the first stages of their career. No, Delaney’s work stands out because it is fearless, unencumbered ...

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A Woman of No Importance – Richmond Theatre, London

Writer: Oscar Wilde Director: Dominic Dromgoole Reviewer: Scott Matthewman A Woman of No Importance has been described as one of Oscar Wilde’s lesser works. Certainly, it has never tapped into the public consciousness the way that The Importance of Being Earnest has done, nor has it introduced such engaging metaphorical concepts as the eponymous portrait in the attic in The Picture of ...

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Glengarry Glen Ross – Richmond Theatre, London

Writer: David Mamet Director: Sam Yates Reviewer: Maryam Philpott “We’re a dying breed” super salesman Ricky Roma announces in the closing moments of David Mamet’s finest play, a statement about the end of the traditional salesman and the personal skills that died with them. Sam Yates’ touring production setting-up shop at the Richmond Theatre for a week is a powerful ...

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The Lady Vanishes – Richmond Theatre

Writer: Sidney Gilliat and Frank Launder Adaptor: Antony Lampard Director: Roy Marsden Reviewer: David Guest A suspense-filled comedy thriller with tongue firmly in cheek is just the ticket for audiences who enjoy quality edge of the seat drama. The Lady Vanishes is an adaptation of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1938 film, itself adapted from the 1936 mystery novel The Wheel Spins by ...

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My Mother Said I Never Should – Richmond Theatre, London

Writer: Charlotte Keatley Director: Michael Cabot Reviewer: Alex Ramon In State of the Nation, his comprehensive study of post-war British theatre, Michael Billington places Charlotte Keatley’s My Mother Said I Never Should among the mere “handful” of new plays that made an impact in the 1980s. Keatley’s play has endured beyond that decade, too: in fact, it’s the most frequently ...

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