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The Truth – Theatre Royal, Bath

Writer: Florian Zeller Translator: Christopher Hampton Director: Lindsay Posner Reviewer: Claire Hayes Florian Zeller’s writing has become a phenomenon of the British stage over the last 18 months, with both The Father and its companion play The Mother being showcased in acclaimed translations by Christopher Hampton. But is his explosive brand of theatrical disorientation a simple flash in the pan, ...

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Brideshead Revisited – Theatre Royal, Bath

English Touring Theatre's Brideshead Revisited

Writer: Evelyn Waugh Adaptor: Bryony Lavery Director: Damian Cruden Reviewer: Claire Hayes   Evelyn Waugh’s captivating novel of the privileged but doomed Flyte family, as retold through the memories of Captain Charles Ryder, is given a bold and striking pared-back treatment in English Touring Theatre’s new production. It promises much, yet doesn’t quite deliver to that promise. Set in that ...

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The Father – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Kenneth Cranham and Amanda Drew

Writer: Florian Zeller, translated by Christopher Hampton Director: James Macdonald Reviewer: Selwyn Knight   Only 35, Florian Zeller has written a number of novels and plays and has been produced all over Europe. But he is rather less well-known on this side of the channel, something translator Christopher Hampton and co-producers Theatre Royal, Bath and Tricycle Theatre are seeking to ...

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Stomp – Theatre Royal, Bath

Directors:Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas Reviewer: Claire Hayes It’s an incredible 25 years since Stomp was first seen at London’s Bloomsbury Theatre, born out of the street comedy musicals created by Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas for the Edinburgh Fringe. Since then, it’s become an international phenomenon; a celebration of the percussive possibilities of everyday household objects that has entertained ...

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The Herbal Bed – Theatre Royal, Bath

ETT's The Herbal Bed production shot

Writer:Peter Whelan Director:James Dacre Reviewer: Claire Hayes   As contemporary headlines scream for transparency and the gap between public and private is narrowed, the themes of Peter Whelan’s 1996 play The Herbal Bed seem more relevant than ever. In 1613, James I has been on the throne for ten years. Post-Reformation England is full of social upheaval, as the Puritan ...

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Forever Yours, Marie-Lou – Theatre Royal, Bath

Writer: Michel Tremblay (translated by Michael West) Director: Laurence Boswell Reviewer: Claire Hayes The second in the Ustinov’s season of French-Canadian drama, Forever Yours, Marie-Lou (À toi, pour toujours, ta Marie-Lou) comes to Bath with a substantial pedigree already under its belt. Written in 1970 in the French working class vernacular of Montreal, Michel Tremblay’s tragedy of a dysfunctional family ...

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The Father- Yvonne Arnaud Theatre,Guildford.

Banner for The Father

Authors: Florian Zeller (translated by Christopher Hampton) Director: James Macdonald Reviewer: Bill Avenell Many of the large audience at Guildford will have come into contact with aspects of Alzheimer’s Disease in their families. Sadly, an increasing number will experience this in the future and some with real personal involvement. Whether Florian Zeller’s take on the awfulness of the Disease will ...

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NEWS: Amanda Holden to star in Maria Friedman’s ‘Stepping Out’

By Paul Couch The Theatre Royal Bath has announced today [11 March 2016] the tour and casting of Richard Harris’ Stepping Out, which is to be directed by Maria Friedman. The production opens at the Theatre Royal Bath on 12 October, followed by Richmond Theatre and Cambridge Arts Theatre, with additional dates to be announced. Amanda Holden will star, alongside ...

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