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David Walliams’ Awful Auntie – Opera House, Manchester

Writer: David Walliams Adaptor/Director: Neal Foster Reviewer: Sam Lowe David Walliams has become an established writer of children's literature; he has written 14 books. Global sales of his books exceed over 20 million copies. Prior to this performance, Walliams' book Gangsta Granny was adapted for the stage by Birmingham Stage Company. Now it's time for Awful Auntie to be theatricalised. ...

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Awful Auntie – Theatre Royal, Brighton

Writer: David Walliams Adapter and Director: Neal Foster Reviewer: Simon Topping What is immediately apparent about Birmingham Stage Company’s adaptation of David Walliams’ Children’s classic Awful Auntie is the beautifully crafted and atmospheric set.  Designed by Jacqueline Trousdale, four fabulous rotating turrets represent Saxby Hall, the family stately home where all the action takes place.  Used to perfection, these towers ...

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The Ladykillers – Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

The New Vic and Hull Truck Theatre production of The Ladykillers is raising the laughs at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, en route from one of its producing houses to the other. Re-creating a comic masterpiece (Alexander Mackendrick’s 1955 film to William Rose’s screenplay) can create problems, as even the Coen Brothers found with their 2004 re-make, but Graham Linehan’s stage ...

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The Ladykillers – New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme

Writer: William Rose Adapter: Graham Lineham Director: Mark Babych Reviewer: Matthew Bagnall “Is anyone back from the robbery yet?” It was a genius plan. Or so Professor Marcus thinks. One thing for sure is Graham Lineham’s stage adaptation of The Ladykillers is certainly the work of a genius.Lineham – The writer of popular comedy TV sitcoms Father Ted and The ...

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NEWS: RSC announces full cast for first two plays in exciting new ‘Roaring Girls’ season

With gender inequality increasingly becoming a thing of the past on the British stage there is naturally some excitement surrounding the recent cast announcement from The Royal Shakespeare Company for the first two plays in their upcoming ‘Roaring Girls’ season. Led by Royal Shakespeare Company Deputy Artistic Director, Erica Whyman these rarely performed Jacobean plays reveal some of the great ...

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The School for Scandal – Park Theatre, London

Writer: Richard Brinsley Sheridan Director: Jessica Swale Reviewer: Ian Foster [rating:4] Sparkling reinterpretations of 18th century comedies have become something of an annual treat from Jessica Swale’s Red Handed Theatre company and following on from the delights of the Celia Imrie-starring The Rivals and last year’s The Busy Body, it is now the turn of Sheridan’s The School for Scandal ...

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