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Much Ado About Nothing – Calderstones Mansion House, Liverpool

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Max Webster Reviewer: David Sedgwick Whoever said Shakespeare isn’t funny ought to bring their fold-up chairs and picnic baskets to the verdant setting of Liverpool’s Calderstones Park, where The Globe’s production of Much Ado About Nothing is currently touring. For this is one production that goes a long way to proving that Shakespearean comedy does not ...

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Much Ado About Nothing – Connaught Theatre, Worthing

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Max Webster Reviewer: Jo Payne Laugh-out-loud comedy, gorgeous harmonies and talented musicians. These qualities are associated more with West End shows than Shakespearean plays. However, this production of Much Ado About Nothing has all those and more, making for a surprisingly entertaining evening. The well-known plot, revolving around two couples and the deceptions which rattle them, ...

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People – Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Writer: Alan Bennett Director: Nicholas Hytner Revival Director: Drew Mulligan Reviewer: Victoria Bawtree [rating:3.5]   Happy 50th Birthday, National Theatre. The audience at this evening's performance of Alan Bennett's People joined ranks with three National Theatre shows in the West End, and several more across the globe in celebrating over 800 productions since 1963. And long may it continue. This ...

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People – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Alan Bennett Director: Nichols Hytner and Drew Mulligan Reviewer: Matthew Nichols [Rating:2.5] You know Alan Bennett, right? Cuddly old Alan Bennett. “Confirmed National Treasure” Alan Bennett. Possibly our most celebrated living stage dramatist, with a spiritual home at the National on the South Bank. So it’s potentially very interesting that his most recent hit there, now on tour, is ...

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People – Birmingham Repertory Theatre

Writer: Alan Bennett Director: Nicholas Hytner Reviewer: Selwyn Knight [rating:4] The scene: a mouldering old house, lovingly recreated by set designer Bob Crowley. At the centre, a war between the house’s owner, former model Lady Dorothy Stacpoole and her elderly companion Iris on one side; and Lady Stocpoole’s sister, the arch deaconess June Stacpoole on the other. They are agreed ...

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Noises Off – Leeds Grand Theatre and Opera House

Writer: Michael Frayn Director: Lindsay Posner Reviewer: Audrey Pointer [rating:5] Famously featuring a play within a play, Michael Frayn's Noises Off is an award-winning farce in three parts - all three parts are entitled Act One in the programme (which is itself a programme within a programme). This production of Michael Frayn’s astonishingly well-crafted comedy classic is on tour from ...

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The Soft of her Palm – Finborough Theatre, London

Writer: Chris Dunkley Director: Ola Ince Reviewer: Ian Foster [rating:3.5] Not many plays are set in Northampton and though Chris Dunkley’s The Soft of her Palm takes place there, it is more a signifier of ‘everytown’ rather than tied to this specific location. For domestic violence – the subject of this disturbingly intense and thought-provoking 80 minute play – can ...

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