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Life and Fate – Theatre Royal Haymarket, London

Writer: Lev Dodin, based on the novel by Vasily Grossman Director: Lev Dodin Reviewer: Scott Matthewman There’s something about a posthumously published novel that can make one wonder how well it has been edited if the author was not around to do so. That is a feeling that’s inescapable with Life and Fate, Vassily Grossman’s sweeping epic depicting life in ...

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Uncle Vanya – Theatr Clwyd, Mold

Writer: Anton Chekhov Adapter: Peter Gill Translator: Helen Rappaport Director: Tamara Harvey Reviewer: Charlie Senate To end the second act, Sonya (Rosie Sheehy), the professor’s assiduous daughter, who, along with her uncle Vanya [Jamie Ballard], manages the estate which has funded her father’s academic career, giddily begs her step-mother Elena (Shanaya Rafaat) to play a little diddy. “Oh, do, do! ...

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The Snow Maiden – The Grand, Leeds

Music:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov               Director: John Fulljames Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Opera North is staging for the first time Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Snow Maiden and is part of the company’s fairy tale season this winter.  The Russian opera premiered in 1882 and was revised in 1898, and is based on Snegurochka, a Russian folk tale.  It follows the story of the Snow Maiden ...

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Burning Doors – Soho Theatre, London

Writer &Director: Nicolai Khalezin Reviewer: Deborah Klayman A stark set, evocative images and an oppressive soundscape await the audience for Burning Doors – and that is merely the pre-set. Before the play-proper even begins, the auditorium is awash with claustrophobia and uncomfortable truth, with half the height of the set given over to projected imagery with sobering surtitles, and the ...

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The Musicians – Unity Theatre, Liverpool

Writer: Patrick Marber Director: Craig Sharkey Reviewer: Charlie Senate Given an opportunity to conduct his youth orchestra for the first time, and at the European Festival of Youth in Moscow no less, schoolboy Roland (Kieran Hoare) is understandably a bundle of nerves. But, the Prescot School Orchestra, who are to perform Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony that night, have a problem: Russian ...

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Stalin’s Daughter – Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter

Writer: David Lane Director: Ed Viney Reviewer: Lucy Corley Miss Phyllis Richards (retired spinster), settled in Clifton on the advice of a holistic therapist after years of overseas aid work. She volunteers at Oxfam twice a week, has takeaways on Thursdays and is a regular visitor to the local library. Miss Phyllis Richards was once Svetlana Alliluyeva, Stalin’s daughter. David ...

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Cinderella – Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

Choreographer, Director and Costume Designer: David Nixon Music: Phillip Feeney Reviewer: Janet Jepson The story of Cinderella is one of the most widely-known tales in the world, and indeed there are versions of the rags-to-riches classic in nearly every continent, country and culture. Bearing this in mind then, it is somewhat difficult for a director to produce a show to ...

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RIFT’s Macbeth – Balfron Tower, London

Writer: William Shakespeare Devised scene: Gruff Theatre Director: Felix Mortimer Reviewer: Annegret Märten Welcome to Borduria, the country inhabiting all fictional characters. Goldilocks lives in Northern Borduria but the portal in a basement of the brutalist Balfron tower leads straight to the grim South where the unscrupulous and scheming Macbeths reside. Alongside the fictional characters live the Bordurian citizens who ...

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