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The Season – Royal and Derngate, Northampton

Book and Lyrics: Kit Buchan Music: Jim Barne Director: Tim Jackson Reviewer: James Garrington It may still be November but already the Christmas-themed productions are starting to appear. This one is from the pens of Jim Barne and Kit Buchan, winners of the 2018 Stiles & Drewe Mentorship Award – and it’s a delight. The Season is a new musical, ...

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Two Trains Running – Royal & Derngate, Northampton

Writer: August Wilson Director: Nancy Medina Reviewer: James Garrington Two Trains Running is part of American playwright August Wilson’s classic Pittsburgh Cycle, which records the lives of African American people over the course of the last century. Ten plays spread across the decades – and here we find ourselves in 1969. The area is becoming increasingly run-down and as it does ...

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The Pope – Royal and Derngate, Northampton

Writer: Anthony McCarten Director: James Dacre Reviewer: James Garrington A world-premiere, The Pope is the latest production to come out of the Made in Northampton stable – and like many of its predecessors it is a spellbinding piece of theatre. It is based on a true story, the story of two men and what is arguably the most powerful job in ...

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The Remains of the Day – Royal & Derngate Theatre, Northampton

Writer: Barney Norris, from the book by Kazuo Ishiguro Director: Christopher Haydon Reviewer: James Garrington The Remains of the Day is, without doubt, an extraordinary piece of theatre. This world premiere production is based on Kazuo Ishiguro’s masterpiece, and it is done extremely well. Like the book, it contains a great many themes and strands, sometimes interwoven and sometimes standing alone and ...

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Our Lady of Kibeho – Royal & Derngate, Northampton

Writer: Katori Hall Director: James Dacre Reviewer: James Garrington Kibeho, a small village in Rwanda, 1981. This is a quiet backwater, a place where nothing really ever happens. Then a schoolgirl, Alphonsine Mumureke, claims that she’s seen a vision of the Blessed Virgin. She is ridiculed and scolded by her friends and teachers – but then a second student says ...

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Rain Man – Royal & Derngate Theatre, Northampton

Writer: Dan Gordon Director: Jonathan O’Boyle Reviewer: James Garrington Many people will remember the 1988 movie Rain Man with affection – starring Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise, the film won several Academy Awards and has entered into popular culture as one of the classics. The film has now made its way onto the stage, thanks to the Classic Screen To Stage ...

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Touching the Void – Royal & Derngate, Northampton

Writer: David Greig, from the book by Joe Simpson Director: Tom Morris Reviewer: James Garrington What do you do when you’re faced with a decision between life and death? Would you condemn your friend to almost certain death, or hold on to the limit of your endurance even though that would probably result in you both dying? Touching the Void ...

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The Lovely Bones – Royal & Derngate, Northampton

Writer: Bryony Lavery from the book by Alice Sebold Director: Melly Still Reviewer: Nicole Craft Susie Salmon, 14, Pennsylvania, is dead. Having been violently raped and murdered by a neighbour, she is faced with the choice of crossing over into ‘her’ heaven or remaining in an in-between world where she can see the life she leaves behind. An amusingly stroppy ...

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