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The Factory – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Devised by: The Company Director: Matt Hassall Designer: Bethany Wells Sound Designer: Gerry Marsden Reviewer: Brendan James The Young Company at The Royal Exchange have departed from their home in St Ann’s Square and have taken their latest production of The Factory to the theatres’ studio space on Swan Street to create an ambitious site-specific and immersive new work. On ...

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Bird – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Writer: Katherine Chandler Director: Rachel O’Riordan Reviewer: Stephen M Hornby The opening stage picture of Bird conjures the seaside with a perfect economy, while a soundscape of seagulls provides the first of many direct and indirect avian references. Two yellow chairs and two yellow ladders are all that the set consists of, but the whole of life in a rundown ...

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King Lear – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Don Warrington as King Lear

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Michael Buffong Reviewer: Katherine Kirwin It is no surprise that this is one of many King Lear’s due to be produced in British theatre this year. King Lear remains relevant to a modern audience; watching a king split his kingdom as we sit around and debate ‘Brexit’, being at the mercy of nature and the elements ...

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Husbands and Sons – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Writer: D H Lawrence Adaptor: Ben Power Director: Marianne Elliott Reviewer: Charlotte Broadbent   Ben Power and Marianne Elliott have constructed this new piece, Husbands and Sons, by combining three other plays by D H Lawrence. While originally written as three separate plays they do have common themes. All are set in the same mining village in 1911, and while ...

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OPINION: Regional theatre IS worthy of critical attention

Theatr Clwyd at Night

By John Roberts This weekThe Stage’schief theatre critic ventured outside of the London boundaries and stepped into the borders of North Wales – only because, by his own admission, he was in the “region” giving a talk at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts. Upon seeing Theatre Clwyd’s production ofCat on a Hot Tin Roof– he wentonto Twitterto announce that ...

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The Ballad of Rudy, Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Production Image of The Ballad of Rudy

Writer: Matt Borgatti Lyrics: Will Dollard, Mary Erskine and David Lydon Director: Andrew Barry Reviewer: Holly Sharp The Ballad of Rudy. Okay it’s a kid show, but with promises of a morning in which you’ll “sing the blues with a polar bear, jam with the puffins and beat-box with an Arctic Fox”, forget how much fun the kids are going ...

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INTERVIEW: Alex Gaumond goes Into The Woods

Portrait of musical theatre actor Alex Gaumond

Alex Gaumond has become one of musical theatre’s most popular leading men with rôles in Queen’s We Will Rock You, Legally Blonde and Matilda. He is currently swapping the bright lights of the glittering West End for the a stint in the ever-raining surrounds of Manchester in a brand new in-the-round revival of Sondheim’s Into the Woods. John Roberts went ...

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So Here We Are – HighTide Festival, Aldeburgh

Writer: Luke Norris Director: Steven Atkinson Reviewer: Glen Pearce   Southend and the Thames Estuary are proving to be fertile hunting grounds for HighTide. A couple of years ago Vickie Donoghue’s Mudlarks explored the desire of Essex youth to escape the confines of the estuary and now Luke Norris’ So Here We Are also looks at a trapped generation. For ...

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