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Finishing the Picture – Finborough Theatre, London

Writer: Arthur Miller Director: Phil Willmott Reviewer: Scott Matthewman To describe Arthur Miller’s final play as a thinly-veiled slice of autobiography would be an understatement. Set in Reno, Nevada in 1960 during the troubled shoot of a Hollywood film, it is a clear dramatic account of events surrounding shooting of The Misfits, whose screenplay was written by Miller and which ...

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Not Dead Enough – Royal & Derngate Theatre, Northampton

Writer: Shaun McKenna based on the novel by Peter James Director: Ian Talbot Reviewer: David Robinson Novelist Peter James’ Roy Grace detective novels have sold over eighteen million copies and been translated into numerous languages, as well as comfortably sitting for many weeks at the top of the Sunday Times bestseller list. Not Dead Enough is the third stage adaptation of ...

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Not Dead Enough – Orchard Theatre, Dartford

Director: Ian Talbot Writer: Shaun McKenna based on the novel by Peter James Reviewer: Dan English It is a dangerous time to be a woman in Brighton as the latest play inspired by the novels of Peter James embarks on its newest UK tour. Not Dead Enough is the third in a series of plays created as adaptations from the ...

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Hero’s Welcome – Yvonne Arnaud, Guildford

Play poster of two people dancing at a party

Writer: Alan Ayckbourn Director: Alan Ayckbourn Reviewer: David Jobson Alan Ayckbourn continues to be one of our most loved comic writers. Not just for the comedy but for the pain that at times seeps out of his works. In Hero’s Welcome, the humour gradually settles in and by the end the pain is dissipated by the hope of reconciliation. Murray ...

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Hero’s Welcome – Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

Writer Alan Ayckbourn Director Alan Ayckbourn Designer Michael Holt Reviewer Ron Simpson Now into his sixth decade of writing plays, Alan Ayckbourn has learned the art of being unpredictable. At one time, audiences and critics felt they had isolated the Ayckbourn comic gene, but that hope is long gone. In Hero’s Welcome, the comedy begins in what we like to ...

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Confusions – Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

Writer/director Alan Ayckbourn Designer Michael Holt Reviewer Ron Simpson Confusions would seem to be a useful generic title for Alan Ayckbourn’s plays of the mid-1970s when it was first produced, shortly after The Norman Conquests and with the crazy complications of Intimate Exchanges only a few years in the future. However, here the Scarborough Master doesn’t go for intricate structuring: ...

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