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Rough Crossing – Theatre Royal, Nottingham

Writer: Tom Stoppard Director: Rachel Kavanaugh Reviewer: Dave Smith It is entirely possible that somewhere deep within Rough Crossing there’s actually a work of genius still just waiting to be unearthed by the right director and the right cast. This can’t be entirely ruled out as a theory because Tom Stoppard has, of course, written some of the finest British plays ...

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Rough Crossing – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: Tom Stoppard Director: Rachel Kavanaugh Reviewer: Kelyn Luther Rough Crossing is freely adapted from Ferenc Molnar’s The Play at The Castle, previously adapted by PG Wodehouse. However, Stoppard’s take is somewhat closer to that of Noël Coward. Set on a cruise liner in the thirties, playwright Turai (John Partridge) is working on his new play, but is forced to ...

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Rough Crossing – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Writer: Tom Stoppard Director: Rachel Kavanaugh Reviewer: Steve Turner Set on a transatlantic liner during the 1930s, Rough Crossing is the story of the attempt by two playwrights to get their new work ready for Broadway. Given that it’s a four-day crossing and they don’t have a satisfactory ending, the beginning still needs knocking into shape and they haven’t got ...

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Kenny Morgan – Arcola Theatre, London

Writer: Mike Poulton Director: Lucy Bailey Reviewer: Maryam Philpott   Since the centenary celebrations of Terence Rattigan’s birth in 2011 his plays have enjoyed something of a resurgence in London. Next week the latest of these opens at The National Theatre, The Deep Blue Sea, starring Helen McCrory, but Rattigan’s fiction was based on real life events, and in a perfectly timed opening ...

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The Odyssey: Missing Presumed Dead – Northcott Theatre, Exeter

The Odyssey by Simon Armitage

Writer: Simon Armitage Director: Nick Bagnall Reviewer: Christy Ku   “Grief for the missing is worse than the grief for the dead.” A high-ranking government minister is sent abroad to Istanbul as a representative on a diplomatic mission. Smith is a man who has already missed too many birthdays and hospital visits, been too absent from home, when a bar ...

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The Odyssey: Missing Presumed Dead – Everyman Theatre, Liverpool

The Odyssey by Simon Armitage

Writer: Simon Armitage Director: Nick Bagnall Reviewer: May Mellstrom Having previously collaborated on The Last Days of Troy - an adaptation of Homer’s The Iliad - poet and playwright Simon Armitage and director Nick Bagnall have turned their attention to the sequel, Odyssey and produced a bold and witty re-imagining of the classic poem. Beginning in present-day Britain, government minister ...

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Hamlet – Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Mold

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Terry Hands Reviewer: Taylor Simmons ‘What a piece of work is a man!’ Over his eighteen years as Resident Artistic Director of Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Terry Hands has carved himself a legacy - and with Hamlet his legacy is certainly confirmed. As Shakespeare’s longest play – and one which is frequently performed, analysed and interpreted – ...

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A Marvellous Year for Plums, Chichester Festival Theatre, Chichester

Author: Hugh Whitemore Director: Philip Franks Reviewer: Bill Avenell [rating:5] Quite simply it was splendid from start to finish. Not a weak link anywhere, cast, direction, music, lights, the works, outstanding. A drama about the 1956 ‘Suez Crisis’ is perhaps not for everyone at first sight and the journey to Chichester was undertaken with a certain amount of trepidation last ...

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