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Not Dead Enough – Royal & Derngate Theatre, Northampton

Writer: Shaun McKenna based on the novel by Peter James Director: Ian Talbot Reviewer: David Robinson Novelist Peter James’ Roy Grace detective novels have sold over eighteen million copies and been translated into numerous languages, as well as comfortably sitting for many weeks at the top of the Sunday Times bestseller list. Not Dead Enough is the third stage adaptation of ...

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Sunny Afternoon – Royal & Derngate, Northampton

Cast of UK Tour of Sunny Afternoon

Book: Joe Penhall Music and Lyrics: Ray Davies Director: Edward Hall Reviewer:  Natasha Hegarty The Kinks is a band that defined 1960s Britain and one which is still just as influential today. Sunny Afternoon tells the story of how one of Britain’s most iconic bands rose to stardom while the country was battling a huge political and social upheaval. This ...

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Peter and the Starcatcher – Royal & Derngate, Northampton

The cast of Peter and the Starcatcher

Writer: Rick Elice Director: Luke Sheppard Reviewer: James Garrington Everyone knows the story of Peter Pan, the boy who never grew up – the lost boys, battles with pirates, and the children who fly with him to Neverland. What happened before the book, though? How did the boys get there, why don’t they grow up? Peter and the Starcatcher promises to ...

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Dead Sheep – Royal & Derngate, Northampton

Steve Nallon in Dead Sheep

Writer: Jonathan Maitland Director: Ian Talbot Reviewer: James Garrington Every leader – political or otherwise – should be afraid of their Geoffrey. The Geoffrey in question is Geoffrey Howe, one time Chancellor and Foreign Secretary, and staunch supporter of Margaret Thatcher. Never a political firebrand, and an uneasy speaker, he was a politician who lacked the charisma ever to catch ...

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Oliver! – Royal & Derngate, Northampton

Book, Music and Lyrics: Lionel Bart Director: Christopher Elmer-Gorry Reviewer: Claire Going Bart’s beloved adaptation of Dickens’ classic novel is a firm favourite with young and old alike, and a stock production for youth theatres across the globe.  It is, therefore, a challenge for any theatre company to produce an Oliver! that is both distinctive and freshly entertaining, but the Royal ...

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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 Herbal Bed – Royal & Derngate Theatre, Northampton

Emma Lowndes as Susanna Hall in The Herbal Bed

Director: James Dacre Writer: Peter Whelan Reviewer: Claire Going Love, lies and loyalty are themes which are embodied and explored in this revival of Peter Whelan’s play based on the real-life scandal surrounding Shakespeare’s daughter in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1613, co-produced by Royal &Derngate, Northampton with English Touring Theatre and Rose Theatre, Kingston. A passionate, yet not overstated, retelling of a ...

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Jersey Boys – Royal & Derngate Theatre, Northampton

Sam Ferriday, Matt Corner, Stephen Webb and Lewis Griffiths in JERSEY BOYS UK and Ireland tour

Book: Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice Music: Bob Gaudio Lyrics: Bob Crewe Director: Des McAnuff Reviewer: Claire Going Riding on the back of a huge wave that hit Broadway a decade ago and saw massive success in the West End, Jersey Boys may not have the original cast on this current tour, but that hasn’t stopped the magic one bit. ...

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