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Pah-La – Royal Court Theatre, London

Writer: Abhishek Majumdar Director: Debbie Hannan Reviewer: Stephen Bates It is not often that a drama set in Tibet arrives in Sloane Square, which makes Indian-based writer Abhishek Majumdar’s new play an intriguing rarity. The Tibetan conflict, where Buddhist followers of the exiled Dalai Lama continue to oppose repressive Chinese rule, forms the backdrop to a play that begins in ...

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The Woods – The Royal Court – London

Writer: Robert Alan Evans Director: Lucy Morrision Reviewer: Nina Reece A cabin in the woods is the setting for a play in which a mother cares for her only son. Or is it? As Robert Alan Evans’s ‘Woman’, Lesley Sharp gives yet another outstanding performance. The clarity she brings to a role that swerves from cabin-bound witch to guilt-racked Deep ...

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Hedda Gabler – Milton Keynes Theatre

Writer: Henrik Ibsen, adapted by Patrick Marber Director: Ivo van Hove Reviewer: Maggie Constable After a sell-out and critically-acclaimed run at the National Theatre, Hedda Gabler has commenced its tour of the U.K and arrives at Milton Keynes this week. Patrick Marber’s adapted version of this Ibsen classic is directed by Ivo Van Hove. Both are winners of Tony and ...

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Hedda Gabler – Theatre Royal, Nottingham

Writer: Henrik Ibsen, adapted by Patrick Marber Director: Ivo van Hove Reviewer: Dave Smith Barely home from her honeymoon with her new husband George Tesman – a steady but distinctly average academic - and Hedda is already bored to death with a marriage she wasn’t that enthusiastic about in the first place. When George’s former academic rival and now recovered ...

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Hedda Gabler – Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

Writer: Henrik Ibsen, adapted by Patrick Marber Director: Ivo van Hove Reviewer: Selwyn Knight One can’t help wondering what happened to the young Hedda Gabler to make her the woman she is. She appears unpleasant, manipulative and bullying, entirely in charge of her life. She has captured the heart of the affable Tesman and they are now returned to the ...

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People, Places & Things – Liverpool Playhouse

Writer: Duncan Macmillan Director: Jeremy Herrin and Holly Race Roughan Reviewer: Matthew Forrest The biggest dangers to a recovering addict are the People, Places & Things. This is according to writer Duncan Macmillan’s play. Our friends, family, environment and circumstances can have a massive impact on someone struggling with their inner-demons and set them on a course of action they ...

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The Red Barn – National Theatre, London

Writer: David Hare (adapted from the novel by Georges Simenon) Director: Robert Icke Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Sometimes a single event can change your life forever; it can set you on a path you didn’t expect, change you into someone else, it can even make you a murderer. Opening at The National Theatre, David Hare’s new play The Red Barn, adapted ...

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Disco Pigs – Salisbury Playhouse

Writer: Enda Walsh Director: Cathal Cleary Reviewer: David Jobson Enda Walsh, a prolific Irish playwright, is well known for helping to adapt the film Once into a musical. His plays, though, verge towards absurdist comedy, and it is no different with this revival of one of his earliest works, Disco Pigs. Still, it's a play worth reviving to explore today’s ...

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