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The Mirror Crack’d – New Theatre, Cardiff

Novel by Agatha Christie Adapted for the stage by Rachel Wagstaff Director: Melly Still Reviewer: Barbara Michaels The name Agatha Christie is synonymous with thrillers that hold their appeal through the years – think The Mousetrap now entering its 67th record-breaking year on stage and still going strong.  But a first-ever stage adaptation of one of Christie’s mystery novels is ...

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Precious Little Talent – Orange Tree Theatre, London

Writer: Ella Hickson Director: Dominique Chapman Reviewer: Richard Maguire If the directors taking part in the Directors’ Festival at The Orange Tree are the future of theatre, then we can expect some exciting times ahead. In the hands of Dominique Chapman, Precious Little Talent, a fast, fast-talking comedy about transatlantic relations, shines as bright as New York’s Chrysler Building.  On a rooftop in the city that never sleeps, 19-year-old Sam meets, improbably, an ...

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Hay Fever – Theatre Royal, Brighton

Writer: Noël Coward Director: Lindsay Posner Reviewer: Michael Hootman Noël Coward’s Hay Fever is an early example – perhaps even the first – of the country house sex comedy. A group of well-heeled characters meet up for a few days of punting on the river, being amused by the help and trying, with various degrees of success, to arrange romantic ...

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The Duck House – Vaudeville Theatre, London

Writers: Dan Patterson and Colin Swash Director: Terry Johnson Reviewer: Stephen Bates [rating:3.5] The biggest challenge facing the writers of The Duck House must have been to create a comedy that would be funnier than the real life farce that it draws from. In 2009, the nation was enthralled and appalled as, day by day, more details were revealed of ...

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Bracken Moor – Tricycle Theatre, London

Writer: Alexi Kaye Campbell Director: Polly Teale Reviewer: Stephen Bates [rating:5] It takes considerable boldness for a modern playwright to set a play in 1937, adhering to the conventions of an era from which so many classics already exist. In this context, how could a voice from the present speak louder than one from the past? And what reason could ...

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