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The Truth – Theatre Royal, Bath

Writer: Florian Zeller Translator: Christopher Hampton Director: Lindsay Posner Reviewer: Claire Hayes Florian Zeller’s writing has become a phenomenon of the British stage over the last 18 months, with both The Father and its companion play The Mother being showcased in acclaimed translations by Christopher Hampton. But is his explosive brand of theatrical disorientation a simple flash in the pan, ...

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Around The World In 80 Days – St James Theatre, London

The cast of Around The World in 80 Days at St James Theatre, London

Writer: Jules Verne Adaptor: Laura Eason Director: Lucy Bailey Reviewer: Fergus Morgan   Squeezing a story as eventful and action-packed as Jules Verne’s Around The World In 80 Days into just two hours might sound as impossible a feat as Phileas Fogg managing to circumnavigate the globe in just two and a half months but, like Verne’s top-hatted protagonist, Lucy ...

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Grand Guignol – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: Carl Grose Director: Simon Stokes Reviewer: Joan Phillips Carl Grose’s Grand Guignol is a play within a play; by a famous playwright or a lunatic; set in Paris or an asylum; played by actors or inmates; or is it? It doesn’t really matter. Enjoy a rollercoaster ride through the macabre world of Grand Guignol and prepare to be shocked, ...

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A Little Hotel on the Side – Theatre Royal, Bath

Writers: Georges Feydeau &Maurice Desvallieres (adapted by John Mortimer) Director: Lindsay Posner Reviewer: Naomi Stevens [Rating:4.5] This production has it all. It is side-splittingly funny, slightly risqué with an outstanding cast. In three acts, all relatively short in length and set across two different locations, A Little Hotel on the Side is a fast paced story with a number of ...

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The Doctor’s Dilemma – Lyttleton Theatre, London

Writer: George Bernard Shaw Director: Nadia Fall Reviewer: Sheila Cornelius [rating: 4] In this play, first staged in 1906, Shaw seized the opportunity to air his socialist views on private medical practice. The National Theatre’s beautifully staged revival of his minor masterpiece chimes with current issues around public health and moral choices in a time of scarce resources. A romantic ...

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