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Noises Off – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Writer: Michael Frayn Director : Daniel Buckroyd Reviewer:Michael Gray Doors and trousers, boxes and sardines. The very essence of farce is distilled in Nothing On, Robin Housemonger's classic from the early 70s. Michael Frayn's no less acclaimed tribute to the genre shows us the action on opening night (The Grand, Weston-super-Mare), then from backstage at an Ashton-under-Lyne matinée, one month ...

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NEWS: All-star cast announced for Mercury Theatre’s Noises Off

Colchester’s Mercury Theatre have announced an all-star ensemble cast for Michael Frayn’s classic comedy Noises Off, which plays at the Essex venue this May as the second production in their Made in Colchester 2015 season. Directed by the Mercury’s Artistic Director Daniel Buckroyd, Noises Off is the classic theatrical farce, allowing audiences to see what really goes on behind the ...

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Birdsong – Milton Keynes Theatre

Writer: Rachel Wagstaff from the book by Sebastian Faulks Director: Alastair Whatley Reviewer:MaggieConstable [rating:3.5] Following 2010’s West End hit, Rachel Wagstaff’s re-adaptation of Sebastian Faulk’s Birdsong (ranked 13th in the 2003 BBC survey The Big Read) marks the very first touring production of the play to over 22 venues across the UK. So here it is at Milton Keynes this ...

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Birdsong – Oldham Coliseum Theatre

Writer: Sebastian Faulks Adaptor: Rachel Wagstaff Director: Alistair Whatley Reviewer: Luke Walker [rating: 4] With the centenary of the outbreak of the 'Great War' approaching, Sebastian Faulks's highly acclaimed 1993 novel, Birdsong, about the horrors of trench warfare may well have resurgence in the bookshops throughout the country. It is at least a decade since I read and it remains ...

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Birdsong – Ipswich, New Wolsey Theatre

Book by: Sebastian Faulks Adapted by: Rachel Wagstaff Director: Alastair Whatley Music: Tim van Eyken Reviewer: Michael Gray [Rating:4.5] Sebastian Faulks' classic novel, with its psychological insights and its graphic descriptions of trench and tunnel, was never going to be easy to adapt. Perhaps that's why this first ever touring production is Rachel Wagstaffe's second attempt; she's abandoned the time ...

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Birdsong – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Author: Sebastian Faulks Adapter: Rachel Wagstaff Director: Alastair Whatley Reviewer: Bill Avenell [rating:5]   The horror and futility of the 1st WW is a harrowing subject of course, so this is not a production for the faint hearted because it does succeed in portraying that horror and futility through its story of a young army officer battling his way through ...

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Birdsong – New Theatre, Cardiff

Writer: Sebastian Faulks (adapted by Rachel Wagstaff) Director: Alastair Whatley Designer: Victoria Spearing Reviewer: Barbara Michaels [Rating:3] Sebastian Faulks’ epic tale of courage, sacrifice and love, set amid the carnage of battle and the horror of the trenches of World War I, is given a brand-new adaptation by Rachel Wagstaff in this first-ever touring production of Birdsong. The plot-line follows ...

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Birdsong – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Writer: Rachel Wagstaff, from the book by Sebastian Faulks Director: Alastair Whatley Reviewer: Selwyn Knight [rating:3] The Western Front. 1916. Two men come together. One, the deeply religious sapper, Jack Firebrace, has just completed a 15 hour shift digging tunnels towards the enemy for mines to be laid in. On sentry duty, he receives a letter from home telling him ...

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