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Outlying Islands – King’s Head Theatre, London

Writer: David Greig Director: Jessica Lazar Reviewer: Stephen Bates The great appeal of David Greig’s Outlying Islands stems from its unpredictability. Audiences are left always uncertain as to whether they are watching a slapstick comedy, a brittle romance or a suspense thriller as the writer skirts around dramatic conventions with canny skill. The play received its London premiere at the ...

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Benighted – Old Red Lion Theatre, London

Writer: JB Priestley Adaptor: Duncan Gates Director: Stephen Whitson Reviewer: Stephen Bates "The ultimate creepy Christmas treat" boasts the publicity for this adaptation of JB Priestley's 1927 novel, Benighted. Perhaps the association between creepiness and the Festive Season has something to do with Dickens, but, otherwise, the only things remotely Christmassy in this production are a quick snatch of Ding Dong Merrily on High, seemingly inserted ...

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