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Dusty – Lyceum, Sheffield

Writer: Jonathan Harvey Director: Maria Friedman Musical Supervisor: Tim Sutton Choreographer: Tim Jackson Set & Costume Designer: Tom Pye Reviewer: Sheila Stratford The world premiere of the new musical charting Dusty Springfield’s life and singing career, is at the Lyceum in Sheffield. Through 19 songs it follows her turbulent life and contains many of her pop hits including I Only ...

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Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? – Harold Pinter Theatre, London

Writer: Edward Albee Director: James Macdonald Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Venomous, cruel and alcoholic, Edward Albee’s Martha is a delicious creation and in his portrait of an academic marriage gone horribly wrong, she can easily seem a monster battering her downtrodden husband George. But Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is a play about illusions and while the characters present one face ...

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Young Chekhov: The Seagull – National Theatre, London

Writer: Anton Chekhov (adapted by David Hare) Director: Jonathan Kent Reviewer: Maryam Philpott One of the National Theatre’s biggest achievements in the past year is to redefine our image of Russian drama. Gone are the cluttered and claustrophobic rooms in dark homes and in their place a sense of openness, light and nature that typify the moneyed country setting of ...

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Young Chekhov: Platonov – National Theatre, London

Writer: Anton Chekhov Director: David Hare Reviewer: Maryam Philpott It’s not easy being adored, as many modern celebrities would attest; everyone wanting to be with them all the time, the endless flattery and the expectation that this monumental affection will be returned. Chekhov’s character Platonov experiences this exact problem as one weekend in the country he is reunited with a ...

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Young Chekhov: Ivanov – National Theatre, London

Writer: Anton Chekhov (adapted by David Hare) Director: Jonathan Kent Reviewer: Maryam Philpott A game player, depressive, self-absorbed, troubled, tortured, unwholesome and let down by life, is Ivanov a good man? This is the central question of Chekhov’s 1887 play, which examines the nature of guilt and suffering as well as the difference between how things appear to those on ...

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A Christmas Carol – Noel Coward Theatre, London

Jim Broadbent and Sam Spiro in A Christmas Carol

Writer: Patrick Barlow Director: Phelim McDermott Reviewer: Maryam Philpott   The character of Scrooge is always given quite a hard time for hating Christmas, although these days seeing as the marketing begins in August and by mid-December all that false cheer is starting to grate, you might be forgiven for thinking that maybe he has a point. And spending Christmas ...

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NEWS: Jim Broadbent leads Christmas Carol cast

Veteran actor Jim Broadbent is to return to the stage to play Ebenezer Scrooge in a new version ofA Christmas Carol this Christmas at the Noel Coward Theatre, London. The show will preview from 30 November. Adapted byPatrick Barlowfrom Charles Dickens’ classic story, first published in 1843, Barlow’s production ofA Christmas Carolwill bring some of Dickens’ most memorable characters to ...

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NSFW – Royal Court, London

Writer: Lucy Kirkwood Director: Simon Godwin Reviewer: Michael Brown [rating:4] ‘Not safe for work’ is a label attached to material, usually online, that you wouldn’t like your boss to see. But at the Royal Court and directed by the upcoming Simon Godwin, Lucy Kirkwood’s new play NSFW, the abbreviation of that label, is a play about what bosses do see ...

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