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The Habit of Art – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Alan Bennett Director: Philip Franks Reviewer: Abbie Rippon ‘Why must a play be such a performance?’ argues Neil, the writer of Caliban’s Day. The cast are rehearsing for an upcoming production which explores the life of WH Auden and his collaborations with Benjamin Britten, and The Habit of Art is the play within which this play falls. Confused yet? Don’t be. ...

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The Importance of Being Earnest- The Opera House, Manchester

Writer: Oscar Wilde Director: Alastair Whatley Designer: Gabriella Slade Reviewer: Dave Cunningham It has been a long, brutal winter and we are all desperate for something cheerful and bright. Recognising a cue The Original Theatre Company offers Oscar Wilde’s evergreen classic The Importance of Being Earnest. The works of Oscar Wilde defy innovations; updating the setting to the present day simply ...

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The Importance of Being Earnest – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Director: Alastair Whatley Writer: Oscar Wilde Reviewer: Helen Tope There are few writers who can boast such a reputation as Oscar Wilde. His death in 1900, after a spectacular fall from grace, is a story so compelling it almost eclipses his impressive list of credits – almost. An Ideal Husband, Lady Windermere’s Fan, The Importance of Being Earnest takes top ...

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Wait Until Dark – Exeter Northcott

Writer: Frederick Knott                Director:  Alastair Whatley Reviewer: Ben Miller-Jarvest Three men meet in a darkened flat to search for a doll stuffed with heroin that was given to the unsuspecting photographer who owns the flat with his wife. Two of these are con men, fresh out of jail. The third is a remorseless killer. Roat, the killer who dresses like ...

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Invincible – Derby Theatre

Alastair Whatley as Oliver and Emily Bowker as Emily

Writer: Torben Betts Director: Stephen Darcy Reviewer: Hannah Powell An incredible piece of theatre which is not only hilarious but also heart-warming and thought-provoking, Invincible depicts the story of Oliver (Alastair Whatley) and Emily (Emily Bowker), a couple more used to the southern way of things, as they relocate their family up north and have their first encounter with their ...

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Night Must Fall – Exeter Northcott Theatre

Writer: Emlyn Williams Director: Luke Sheppard Reviewer: Ben Miller-Jarvest "Everyone loves a good murder," as one character quips during the evening, but Emlyn Williams’ Night Must Fall is no cosy drawing room murder mystery, but a thriller in which there is little doubt from early on who the murderer is, and therefore the tension comes from knowing the other characters ...

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Invincible – The STUDIO, Birmingham REP

Invincible - Graeme Brookes, Kerry Bennett, Alastair Whatley - (c) Jack Ladenburg

Writer: Torben Betts Director: Christopher Harper Reviewer: Selwyn Knight What happens when an irresistible force meets an immovable object? The Original Theatre Company seeks to look at that question in Invincible. Take Emily, our irresistible force. She has enjoyed all the benefits of being well-off and middle-class. She is able to indulge her passion for painting and her extreme left-wing ...

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Flare Path – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Claire Andreadis,William Reay,Jamie Hogarth and Audrey Palmer in the 2016 National tour of Flare Path

Writer: Terrence Rattigan Director: Justin Audibert Reviewer: Laura Jayne Bateman Written in 1941, Terence Rattigan’s Flare Path premiered in August 1942 at the Apollo Theatre, London. Initially rejected by producers, who believed the British public wouldn’t wish to see a play about the war, it was a critical and commercial success and was revived in the West End in 2011. ...

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