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Hard Times – the Coliseum Theatre, Oldham

The cast are silhouetted against a set of iron girders bathed in blue light

Writer: Chares Dickens Adaptor: Stephen Jeffreys Director: Chris Lawson Reviewer: Ruth Gerrard Timing is occasionally everything and with a general election looming amid a backdrop of political unrest in the UK; Oldham Coliseum’s production of Hard Times fits perfectly into this current programme.  Although originally published in 1845; the central themes of Charles Dicken’s novel ring true today.  The conflict ...

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The Libertine – Theatre Royal Haymarket, London

Writer: Stephen Jeffreys Director: Terry Johnson Reviewer: David Guest Anyone salivating over the salacious poster promoting The Libertine at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket, is in for a big disappointment. Apart from a lewd and largely irrelevant song at the opening of Act Two, this production delivers little of the sauciness it teases. Stephen Jeffreys’ 1994 faux-Restoration romp (which he has ...

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The Libertine – Bristol Old Vic

Writer: Stephen Jeffreys Director: Dominic Hill Reviewer: Joan Phillips The Libertine is based on the true story of John Wilmot, the second Earl of Rochester. Set in Restoration London while Charles II was on the throne, Rochester has everything going for him. He is a poet and playwright, intelligent and witty, vigorously healthy, wealthy, married, and a personal favourite of ...

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