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Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Rose Theatre, Kingston Upon Thames

Writer: Louis de Bernières Adaptor: Rona Munro Director: Melly Still Reviewer: Stephen Bates Setting a fictional romance against the backdrop of real events in Greece during World War II, Louis de Bernières’ 1994 novel Captain Corelli’s Mandolin became a worldwide hit. Many thought that the lavish 2001 film version suffered badly from miscasting, but, unencumbered by pressure to place star ...

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Hogarth’s Progress: The Taste of the Town – Rose Theatre, Kingston

Writer: Nick Dear Director: Anthony Banks Reviewer: Stephen Bates Written about 30 years after The Art of Success, and picking up on the life of the artist William Hogarth about 30 years after the first play left off, the World Premiere of this sequel forms the second part of a double bill, alongside a revival of its predecessor, all the ...

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Hogarth’s Progress: The Art of Success – Rose Theatre, Kingston

Writer: Nick Dear Director: Anthony Banks Reviewer: Stephen Bates Nick Dear’s 1986 play, The Art of Success, reflecting on the early life of the 18th Century artist William Hogarth, was first staged by the Royal Shakespeare Company. It earned an Olivier Award nomination and a transfer to New York. The play is revived here as the first half of a ...

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Curtains – Rose Theatre, Kingston Upon Thames

Writer: Stephen Bill Director: Lindsay Posner Reviewer: Stephen Bates A 2012 survey revealed that there is a much higher probability that people over 60 will die on their own birthdays than on any other day of the year. In Stephen Bill’s play, things are not looking good for Ida, whose family are gathering round to celebrate her 86th, bearing greetings ...

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Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde  – Rose Theatre, Kingston

Writer: Robert Louis Stevenson Adaptor: David Edgar Director: Kate Saxon Reviewer: Richard Maguire What if man were made of two halves? A base half and a higher half? And what if one half spoke in a posh Edinburgh brogue and the other in a thick Glaswegian accent? These are the questions asked in the Rose Theatre’s confusing new production of ...

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The Twits – Liverpool Playhouse

Writer: Roald Dahl Adapter: David Wood Director: Max Webster Reviewer: John Roberts Following on from their colourful and entertaining production of Roald Dahl's The Witches,  Leicester's Curve theatre alongside Kingston's Rose Theatre have joined forces to present this hideously grotesque, yet highly enjoyable tour of Dahl's deliciously disgusting duo. Under the direction of Max Webster, Dahl's dark tale is brought vividly ...

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The Herbal Bed – Theatre Royal, Bath

ETT's The Herbal Bed production shot

Writer:Peter Whelan Director:James Dacre Reviewer: Claire Hayes   As contemporary headlines scream for transparency and the gap between public and private is narrowed, the themes of Peter Whelan’s 1996 play The Herbal Bed seem more relevant than ever. In 1613, James I has been on the throne for ten years. Post-Reformation England is full of social upheaval, as the Puritan ...

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The Witches – The Lowry, Salford

The cast of The Witches at Curve Leicester

Writer: Roald Dahl Adaptor: David Wood Director: Nikolai Foster Reviewer: Jay Nuttall   Leicester Curve’s Christmas production of Roald Dahl’s The Witches arrives at The Lowry as part of its national tour. For anyone who knows the story and how to spot the tell-tale signs of a witch may certainly be looking a little closer as they leave the theatre. ...

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