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Sherlock Holmes – The Final Curtain- The Opera House, Manchester

Writer: Simon Reade after Arthur Conan Doyle Director: David Grindley Reviewer: Dave Cunningham  Sherlock Holmes has been revived and re-imagined so many times finding a new twist must be a challenge. For Sherlock Holmes – The Final Curtain writer Simon Reade steps outside fiction to take inspiration from Arthur Conan Doyle’s real-life belief in spiritualism. However, bearing in mind the very flat ...

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Sherlock Holmes: The Final Curtain – New Theatre, Cardiff

Play by Simon Reade, after Arthur Conan Doyle Director: David Grindley Reviewer: Barbara Michaels This new production from the estimable Theatre Royal Bath brings together two experienced actors who have performed together many times over the years:  Robert Powell, who, at the age of 74 is still remembered for his iconic portrayal of Jesus of Nazareth in the 1977 Franco ...

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Sherlock Holmes: The Final Curtain – Theatre Royal, Nottingham

Writer: Simon Reade Director: David Grindley Reviewer: Dave Smith Sherlock Holmes apparently holds the Guinness World Record for the most portrayed literary human character on film and television. He may not be such a regular on stage but, nonetheless, you still have a lot of preconceptions and iconic portrayals to deal with, especially if you’re trying to do something new ...

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Sherlock Holmes: The Final Curtain – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Simon Reade Director: David Grindley Reviewer: Gareth Davies If restless spirits are detected around Edinburgh’s King’s Theatre this week, they could reasonably be ascribed to the tormented soul of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle gyrating in his grave in horror at this latest incarnation of his literary creation. Taking Doyle’s famous infatuation was spiritualism towards the end of his life ...

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Relatively Speaking – Theatre Royal, Bath

Writer: Alan Ayckbourn Director: Robin Herford Reviewer: Harry Mottram  Would a fat, badly dressed, grumpy old man really pull an attractive young woman 30 years younger than him? If he was stylish, well-groomed and sophisticated with pots of money – maybe. But a gone-to-seed Robert Powell playing a boring middle-aged grouch – no. And that is the central problem of ...

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Relatively Speaking – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Writer: Alan Ayckbourn Director: Robin Herford Reviewer: Selwyn Knight  Ginny and Greg met a month ago but the attraction was immediate and they are now happily cohabiting. Not an unusual story nowadays, perhaps, but maybe more so in 1965 London, the setting for Alan Ayckbourn’s Relatively Speaking, his first West End hit play. First performed in 1967, Ginny and Greg’s storyline ...

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Relatively Speaking – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Alan Ayckbourn Director: Robin Herford Reviewer: Jo Beggs During the seventies, barely a season in Britain’s regional theatres went by without the latest offering from Alan Ayckbourn. Ayckbourn’s plays offered an ideal balance of light comedy with just a touch of shock value, reflecting the profound moral changes of the age, and always eliciting plenty of scandalized laughter from ...

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Relatively Speaking – The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Writer: Alan Ayckbourn Director: Robin Herford Reviewer: Dan English   In Relatively Speaking, the quintessential British comedy, there are mistaken identities aplenty, which now reaches Canterbury’s Marlowe Theatre as part of its UK tour. Written by Alan Ayckbourn, Relatively Speaking sees besotted but insecure Greg (Antony Eden) resolve to marry his girlfriend of just a month, Ginny (Lindsey Campbell). The ...

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