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84 Charing Cross Road – Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

Writer: James Roose-Evans from the book by Helene Hanff Director: Richard Beecham Reviewer: Selwyn Knight In 1949, Helene Hanff was a young unperformed playwright in New York with a zest for self-improvement. She never went to college but loved the classics and more obscure literary titles. She chanced upon an advert for Marks and Co., an antiquarian bookseller in Charing Cross Road, and ...

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84 Charing Cross Road – Darlington Hippodrome

Based on the novel by Helene Hanff Adaptor: James Roose-Evans Director: Richard Beecham Reviewer: Mark Clegg In an age of emails, Skype and instant messaging it’s now difficult to remember the not-to-distant past when the main way of people communicating over long distances was writing letters. Such trans-Atlantic correspondences provide the basis for Helene Hanff’s autobiographical book as the New ...

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Beauty and the Beast – Tobacco Factory Theatre, Bristol

Writer: Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve Devised by: New International Encounter, Cambridge Junction and Alex Byrne Director: Alex Byrne Reviewer: Claire Hayes  Bristol’s Tobacco Factory has garnered a deserved reputation for the quality of its family Christmas shows and this year’s playfully quirky Beauty and the Beast is no exception. Think Disney unplugged; New International Encounter (NIE) and Cambridge Junction under the direction ...

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Nicobobinus – Carriageworks Theatre, Leeds

Writer: Terry Jones Adapter and director: John Ward Composer and Musical Director: Eilidh deBonnaire Reviewer: Ron Simpson John Ward’s version of Terry Jones’ children’s story was originally staged as the Christmas show at London’s LOST Theatre. Now, as the joint production by Red Ladder and DumbWise tours the North and Midlands, there’s still a touch of Christmas cheer about the ...

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The Recruiting Officer – Salisbury Playhouse, Salisbury

Writer: George Farquhar Director: Gareth Machin Reviewer: Sharon MacDonald-Armitage Restoration comedy can be a tricky genre to make comedic for a modern audience, who may approach Salisbury Playhouse's current production of George Farquhar’s The Recruiting Officer with tentative curiosity as a result. The play is set in Shrewsbury in the 18th Century where Captain Plume (Babou Ceesay), Captain Brazen (David ...

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