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Standing at the Sky’s Edge – Crucible, Sheffield

Book: Chris Bush Music and Lyrics: Richard Hawley Director: Robert Hastie Reviewer: Jim Gillespie Richard Hawley is as Sheffield as Henderson’s Relish - South Yorkshire’s gauntlet to Lea & Perrins - and he has mined the landscape of the city throughout his musical career, from the romantic crooning of ‘Coles Corner’ to the more strident strains of ‘Truelove’s Gutter’. Hawley’s ...

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream – The Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

Writer: William Shakespeare Music: Dan Gillespie Sells Director: Robert Hastie Choreographer: Darragh O’Leary Reviewer: Janet Jepson “The course of true love never did run smooth”, so goes the most quoted line from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. A sentiment totally echoed in real life, but never so true as in this magical tale of both fairy and human love affairs. It ...

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The York Realist – Crucible, Sheffield

Writer: Peter Gill Director: Robert Hastie Reviewer: Sheila Stratford This warm yet poignant play is full of ambiguities. Peter Gill’s The York Realist explores the love story between a young theatre director up from London to assist in the staging of the York Mystery Plays, and a Yorkshire agriculture worker. This one-set play takes the audience back to a rural ...

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Of Kith and Kin – Bush Theatre, London

Writer: Chris Thompson Director: Robert Hastie Reviewer: Stephen Bates The details of Chris Thompson’s new three-act play, first seen at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, may be very modern, but the style of its opening is distinctly old-fashioned. A living room, an expecting married couple and a cantankerous, interfering mother-in-law are staples of domestic comedy, but the modern twist is ...

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Of Kith and Kin – Crucible Studio, Sheffield

Writer: Chris Thompson Director: Robert Hastie Reviewer: Sheila Stratford Of Kith and Kin is a dark comedy, that as the director Robert Hastie says, "captures a specific moment in the evolution of gay rights". Daniel (James Lance) and Oliver (Joshua Silver) are married and eagerly expecting their first child with their best friend, Priya (Chetna Pandya), acting as a surrogate. ...

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Julius Caesar – The Crucible, Sheffield

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Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Robert Hastie Reviewer: Janet Jepson Even for those who were unaware of the fate that befalls Julius Caesar, this production of Shakespeare’s well-known political drama was from the outset not going to be a jolly little jaunt. As the guy in the dark suit stood in front of the large polished table and opened a sombre ...

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Breaking the Code – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Writer: Hugh Whitemore Director:  Robert Hastie Reviewer:  Stephen M Hornby If ever a play deserved a revival at the Royal Exchange, it is Breaking the Code, bringing home the tale of one of Manchester’s finest minds, a mind that literally changed the course of world history and continues to do so.  The play was first staged in 1986.  The 30 ...

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