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Love Lab – Tristan Bates Theatre, London

Writer: Sam Coulson Director: Sean Aydon Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Modern dating can be a soulless business; online platforms mean we can dismiss a hundred potential partners with just a click or a swipe. Just getting to a first date is based almost entirely on looks, ability to write a humorous profile and a social media check of their dating past. ...

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Great Expectations – The Opera House, Buxton

Writer: Charles Dickens Adaptor: Ken Bentley Director: Sophie Bryce Couzens Reviewer: Jim Gillespie While Dickens semi-autobiographical 1861 novel focuses on the childhood and early manhood of Phillip Pirrip, or Pip, the central character is vastly overshadowed by the majestic ruin that is Miss Havisham. Abandoned on her wedding day, and living among the decaying wreckage of her wedding breakfast, the ...

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Great Expectations – Richmond Theatre, Richmond

Writer: Charles Dickens Adaptor: Ken Bentley  Director: Sophie Boyce Couzens Reviewer: David Guest A beautifully atmospheric production of Great Expectations manages to draw together many strands from Charles Dickens’ original novel without once losing sight of the core characters and their story. This is a significant feat when the story has been filmed and staged so often. This Tilted Wig ...

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Richard III – Rosemary Branch Theatre, London

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Sean Aydon Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Since the discovery of the body in the car park, Richard III seems to have become Shakespeare’s most performed play even over perennial favourites like Hamlet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. There have been notable star-led versions including Sherlock colleagues Martin Freeman at the Trafalgar Studios and Benedict Cumberbatch for the ...

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A Christmas Carol – Exeter Northcott Theatre, Exeter

Ebenezer Scrooge played by Derek Frood

Writer: Charles Dickens Adaptor: Katherine Senior Director: Amanda Knott Reviewer: Christy Ku Exeter Northcott and Creative Cow collaborate to adapt Charles Dickens’ festive classic, A Christmas Carol. Ebenezer Scrooge, literature’s most famous miser, despises Christmas and those who celebrate it. However, on Christmas Eve he is visited by supernatural beings who seek to show him the true festive spirit and ...

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The Hook – Everyman Theatre, Liverpool

Writer: Arthur Miller Director: James Dacre Reviewer: Mel Duncan An adaptation of any work by Arthur Miller would be an interesting prospect. But a work previously unseen and initially intended for the silver screen, and set in the area immortalised by ‘A View From a Bridge’ sets the spine tingling. And there are some moments when this is the case. ...

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The Hook – The Royal and Derngate, Northampton

Writer: Ron Hutchinson adapted from the book by Arthur Miller Director: James Dacre Reviewer: Natasha Hegarty It is very unusual to come across a new play by such an iconic writer such as Arthur Miller, but The Hook receives its world premiere at Northampton’s Royal and Derngate theatre. Adapted for the stage by Emmy Award-winning writer, Ron Hutchinson, it premieres ...

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Friend or Foe – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Writer: Michael Morpurgo, adapted by Daniel Buckroyd Director: Matthew Cullum Reviewer: Michael Gray   By coincidence, or careful planning, press night for Friend or Foefalls seventy-five years to the day since Britain went to war with Germany. When Chamberlain spoke and the first sirens wailed, Operation Pied Piper was already underway, relocating thousands of evacuee children to the relative safety ...

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