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Beautiful Thing – Royal and Derngate, Northampton

Writer: Jonathan Harvey Director: Nikolai Foster Reviewer: Natasha Hegarty Jonathan Harvey’s dark comedy takes the audience back to the early ‘90s in a London council estate. The main characters all congregate on the balcony of their flats – which is set by three battered-looking doors and some hanging baskets, which feisty single mother Sandra (Charlie Brooks) is extremely proud of. ...

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Beautiful Thing – Nottingham Playhouse, Nottingham

Writer: Jonathan Harvey Director: Nikolai Foster Reviewer: Phil Lowe It is easy to forget that sometimes in an audience member’s life it is the first time they have viewed a play despite it being around for a couple of decades with a worldwide cult following. On a first time viewing of Jonathan Harvey’s Beautiful Thing, a play centred round an ...

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Beautiful Thing – The Patrick Centre, Birmingham Hippodrome

Writer: Jonathan Harvey Director: Nikolai Foster Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Transport yourself back to the early 1990s to Thamesmead, a rundown largely working class estate in south London. The residents have their own problems to deal with – drug abuse, anti-social behaviour, just trying to rub along. Central to the story are Sandra, a thirty-five year old barmaid, her latest partner, ...

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Beautiful Thing – The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Writer: Jonathan Harvey Director: Nikolai Foster Reviewer: Tim Frost   Before Brokeback Mountain‘s mainstream story of gay love in an ‘unlikely’ setting there was Beautiful Thing, Jonathan Harvey’s play of teenage love set on a Thamesmead housing estate. It is a big-hearted story of characters whose lives clash on the balcony outside their three council flats. Sandra is the loud-mouthed, ...

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PREVIEW: Beautiful Thing Back on Tour

Jonathan Harvey’s iconic romantic comedy/drama Beautiful Thing is celebrating its 20th Birthday by making a comeback and, to quote the Mamma Cass song featured prominently in it, “it’s getting better”. Stephen Bates went along to the press launch to find out more.   Beautiful Thing is a teenage love story set on a South London social housing estate, with the ...

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