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Regeneration – Royal and Derngate, Northampton

Writer: Pat Barker Adapter: Nicholas Wright Director: Simon Godwin Reviewer: George Attwell Gerhards It is now a hundred years since the start of WWI. In order that we don’t forget this, arts institutions across the country (and throughout the year) have programmed pieces to commemorate the war and the legacy it left. Sadly, Regeneration offers very little in terms of ...

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Antigone – Royal and Derngate, Northampton

Writer: E F Watling translated from Sophocles Director: Trudy A Bell Reviewer: Kevin Evans Beginning a review of Antigone by writing it was all Greek to me would be clichéd, and in the case of the Royal and Derngate Actors Company’s production also irrelevant as this is a clear, modern, indeed futuristic version of the ancient story. Antigone was written ...

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WHAT’S HOT: Week beginning Monday 21 April 2014

The Easter holidays may be in mid-flow but there’s no break for theatres across the country as they continue their spring programmes with the usual eclectic mix. Let us know if you’re seeing any of these productions this week. Every Last Trick – Royal and Derngate, Northampton Feydau’s classic French farce is given fresh translation by Tamsin Oglesby and unites ...

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The Body of an American – Royal and Derngate, Northampton

Writer: Dan O’Brien Director: James Dacre Reviewer: Maggie Constable At the Royal and Derngate’s wonderfully intimate underground studio we are treated this week to poet and writer Dan O’Brien’s The Body of An American, a play based on the experiences of war photographer Paul Watson, in particular his disturbing photo of the body of US soldier William Cleveland as it ...

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The Wind in the Willows – Royal and Derngate, Northampton

Director: Gary Sefton Writer: Patrick Sandford, adapted from the book by Kenneth Grahame, Reviewer: George Attwell Gerhards It’s that time of year again when theatres are taken over by the gaudiness and extravagance of pantomime. It’s a time for families to make the trip to the theatre, children being introduced to it for the first time. It’s a shame that ...

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Go Back for Murder – Royal & Derngate Theatre, Northampton

Writer: Agatha Christie Director: Joe Harmston Reviewer: Sue Dixon [rating:3.5] A talented cast has been brought together for this UK tour of Go Back for Murder, Agatha Christie’s classic murder mystery. Bill Kenwright’s ‘Official Agatha Christie Theatre Company’, under the direction of Joe Harmston, does inject some fresh life into Christie’s inescapably formulaic writing, managing to make it an entertaining ...

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CATS – Royal & Derngate, Northampton

Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber Lyrics: T.S Eliot Director: Trevor Nunn Reviewer: Bethaney Rimmer [Rating:4.5] From the simple but iconic programme covers of silhouetted dancers doubling up as a cat’s pupils, to the very realistic staging and costume design, everything about this musical has been thought through in exceptional detail. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s original production of CATS enjoyed a twenty one ...

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Peter Schaufuss’ Ballet – Swan Lake, Royal & Derngate, Northampton

Choreographer - Peter Schaufuss Composer - Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky Reviewer - Bethaney Rimmer [Rating:3.5] Composed by Tchaikovsky in the late 19th Century, Swan Lake is a well-known ballet with an enchanting and heart-wrenching story. If you go to see Peter Schaufuss’ production with no previous knowledge of classical ballet or Swan Lake then it’s more likely that you’ll be taken ...

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