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Double Death – Civic Theatre, Darlington

Writer: Simon Williams Director: Philip Stuart Reviewer: Mark Clegg Identical twins have long been a staple cliché within mysteries and thrillers, offering as they do an opportunity to keep the audience guessing and in some cases allowing the writer to easily escape a tangled narrative. This play thankfully uses this device for the former reason and manages (just about) to ...

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Double Death – Grand Theatre, Blackpool

Writer: Simon Williams Director: Philip Stewart Reviewer: May Mellstrom Opening with a clap of thunder and a mysterious figure at the window, the stage seems set for a tense thriller in this play by Simon Williams. Ashley Hennessy returns from hospital to the isolated house he shares with his Aunt Lalla, having been left paralysed in an accident (or was ...

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Double Death – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Writer: Simon Williams Director: Philip Stewart Reviewer: Ann Bawtree Since its foundation in 2001 the Talking Scarlet Company has produced a variety of shows ranging from Waiting for Godot, The Wind in the Willows, Oh What a Lovely War and Boeing-Boeing. Already this year among other titles, they have produced plays by Terence Rattigan and Agatha Christie. Therefore it is ...

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Swan Lake – Bristol Hippodrome

Music: Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky Adaptation &Choreography: Matthew Bourne Reviewer: Barbara Michaels It is not often that an entire audience rises to its feet in rapturous and unrestrained applause almost before the curtain is down. That is what happened on the opening night at Bristol Hippodrome of this production of Swan Lake. This most well-known and well-loved of all classical ballets ...

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Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake – Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Choreographer: Matthew Bourne Director: Matthew Bourne Lighting Designer:Rick Fisher Reviewer: Katie Mitchell It’s hard to believe that it was nineteen years ago when MatthewBournechanged the face of ballet through his revamp of the legendary fairy-taleSwan Lake.What was once a famous ballet centred around the iconic Swan Queen has been transformed to portray a darkerstory of a ...

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Versailles – Donmar Warehouse, London

Writer/Director: Peter Gill Reviewer: Alex Ramon The last play to be directed by Peter Gill at the Donmar was Robert Holman’s Making Noise Quietly, a triptych of war-themed, decades-spanning mini-dramas. Now, in this 100 year anniversary of the outbreak of WWI, with a multitude of books, docs and revivals centering on the conflict, Gill returns to the subject of war ...

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Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake – The Lowry, Salford

Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Director and choreography: Matthew Bourne Reviewer: Peter Jacobs [rating:5] Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake is 18 years-old but in this production looks as fresh as ever. The radical idea of the male swans is no longer so radical or shocking: time, a changing society and Billy Elliot has taken care of that. But the idea is still ...

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NEWS: Donmar Spring 2014 Season Announced

Josie Rourke, Artistic Director of the Donmar Warehouse, today announced the Spring 2014 season for the Covent Garden venue. The season will open with Versailles, a new play by Peter Gill. Set among a middle-class English family in Kent, and with their son in Paris, at the negotiations of the Treaty of Versailles, the play is in part a love ...

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