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The Railway Children: The Lowry, Salford

four children stare at a boy lying in a railway tunnell

Writer: E Nesbitt Adaptor: Dave Simpson Director: Paul Jepson Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Trains, as you would expect, are a central feature of The Railway Children. It seems appropriate; therefore, that tonight there are technical glitches and the show starts late. When their father disappears under mysterious circumstances Roberta (Millie Turner), Phyllis   (Katherine Carlton) and Peter (Vinay Lad) are reduced to ...

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The Railway Children – Theatre Royal, Glasgow

four children stare at a boy lying in a railway tunnell

Writer: Edith Nesbit Adaptation: Dave Simpson Director: Paul Jepson Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Edith Nesbit’s 1905 tale is as quintessentially British as strawberries and cream and cucumber sandwiches. The subject of four television series, a feature film, a made for TV movie and a radio dramatisation, The Railway Children lives long in the hearts of the nation. That, and the seemingly ...

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Betrayal: The Northcott Theatre, Exeter

Writer: Harold Pinter Director: Paul Jepson Reviewer: Charlotte Robson   Harold Pinter's iconic play comes to the Northcott Theatre as the debut of the new Artistic and Executive Director, Paul Jepson. The story of Emma, Robert and Jerry – wife, husband, and lover, but not necessarily always in that order. Allegedly based on real events from the life of the ...

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A Christmas Carol – Rose Theatre, Kingston

Poster Image of A Christmas Carol

Writer: Charles Dickens Adaptor/Director: Ciaran McConville Reviewer: Fergus Morgan Most productions of A Christmas Carol tend to follow the same tried and tested formula. The bleakness of Ebenezer Scrooge’s life is realised in sparse austerity, while those of his less parsimonious acquaintances are characterised by jubilant dances and festive singing. Scrooge himself usually speaks in miserable monotone, whereas the voices ...

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The Honey Man – Carriageworks Theatre, Leeds

Writer: Tyrone Huggins Director: Emma Bernard Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood The Honey Man looks at two characters who could not be any different; total opposites who never thought they would end up sharing a number of things in common. This two person play follows Honey Man, an elderly West Indian recluse who lives alone in a derelict cottage and keeps bees ...

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The Honey Man – The DOOR, Birmingham REP

Writer: Tyrone Huggins Director: Emma Bernard Reviewer: Selwyn Knight The path that The Honey Man seeks to tread is a well-worn one; two different mindsets collide and gradually learn from each other, with both being the richer for it. In this instance, we have the enigmatic Honey Man, an elderly West Indian man living alone in an almost derelict hut ...

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Love, Loss and Chianti – Minerva Theatre, Chichester

Writer: Christopher Reid Director: Jason Morell Reviewer: Steve Turner Christopher Reid’s two works A Scattering and The Song of Lunch are presented here as a double bill, devised for the stage by the leading man Robert Bathurst. The first act deals with the love and the loss of the title, based on a book dealing with the last few months ...

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Moon Tiger – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Penelope Lively Adaptor: Simon Reade Director: Stephen Unwin Reviewer: Jo Beggs It’s hard to imagine why Simon Reade felt compelled to adapt Penelope Lively’s 1987 Booker Prize winning novel Moon Tiger for the stage. Perhaps the novel’s structure, a narration from the points of view of its various characters, has a theatrical quality and yet Reade chooses to tell ...

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