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The Tempest – Royal & Derngate, Northampton

Jay Mailer as Ferdinand and Beth Markey as Miranda in the National Youth Theatre Co-Production of The Tempest

Writer: William Shakespeare, adapted by Rebecca Lenkiewicz Director: Caroline Steinbeis Reviewer: Fergus Morgan The Tempest is, like a few of Shakespeare’s later efforts, a difficult one to get right. It hovers uneasily between knockabout comedy, fairy-tale love story, revenge thriller and socio-political satire. And, when you chuck in the meta-theatricality – Prospero’s parting soliloquy is supposedly the Bard’s farewell to ...

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Soul – Royal & Derngate Theatre, Northampton

Soul - Nathan Ives-Moiba (Marvin) and Abiona Omonua (Tammi)

Writer: Roy Williams Director: James Dacre Reviewer: George Attwell Gerhards Soul, the new play from Bafta award-winning playwright Roy Williams, is subtitled “the untold story of Marvin Gaye” – largely eschewing his music in pursuit of a fierce and tragic family drama. Now, it is up for contention to what extent the peculiar circumstances surrounding Gaye’s death remain ‘untold’ however ...

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Chicago – Royal & Derngate Theatre, Northampton

CHICAGO. John Partridge as 'Billy Flynn'

Book: Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse Music: John Kander Lyrics: Fred Ebb Director: Walter Bobbie Reviewer: Nicole Evans Starting life as a play written by a mature student's experiences as a big-shot lawyer, Kander and Ebb's Chicago has been marking its criminal territory on stages worldwide for over 40 years and shows no sign of locking itself away. Portraying the ...

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King Lear – The Royal and Derngate, Northampton

Michael Pennington as Lear and Beth Cooke as Cordelia

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Max Webster Reviewer: Claire Going   It is true to say that the ultimate success or failure of any performance of King Lear hangs precariously on the ability of one man: the one chosen to play the titular role. In this new production of Lear, we are not disappointed with recent Olivier award nominee, Michael Pennington, ...

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Giselle – The Royal & Derngate, Northampton

A scene from Giselle from Saint Petersburg Classic Ballet

Writer: Adolphe Adam Director: Marina Medvetskaya Conductor: Vadim Perevoznikov Reviewer: Nicole Evans   Often billed as one of the few remaining Romantic ballets to survive intact, Giselle tells the somewhat tragic story of a German peasant girl who falls in love with a duke who has chosen to disguise not only his wealthbut also the fact he is betrothed to ...

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The 39 Steps – The Royal and Derngate, Northampton

Rob Whitcomb as Man 1, Andrew Hodges as Man 2 and Richard Ede as Richard Hannay in The 39 Steps

Director: Maria Aitken Writer: Patrick Barlow, adapted from the book by John Buchan Reviewer: Natasha Hegarty   Following the massively successful West End run, The 39 Steps is now embarking on a UK tour. The story tells the tale of Richard Hannay and his pencil moustache, who tells the audience he’s rather bored with life and fancies a bit of ...

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Immune – Royal and Derngate, Northampton

Writer: Oladipo Agboluaje Director: Christopher Elmer-Gorry Reviewer: Rosella Barnes Opening their debut performance at the Royal &Derngate, Northampton, the cast of Immune gave an extremely credible performance of their independently created script. Written by Oladipo (Dipo) Agboluaje and work-shopped alongside members of the Royal &Derngate Young Company, Immune is a unique, personal, and dramatic story that emulates passionately on stage. ...

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The Hook – The Royal and Derngate, Northampton

Writer: Ron Hutchinson adapted from the book by Arthur Miller Director: James Dacre Reviewer: Natasha Hegarty It is very unusual to come across a new play by such an iconic writer such as Arthur Miller, but The Hook receives its world premiere at Northampton’s Royal and Derngate theatre. Adapted for the stage by Emmy Award-winning writer, Ron Hutchinson, it premieres ...

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