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The Last Temptation of Boris Johnson – Park Theatre, London

Writer: Jonathan Maitland Director: Lotte Wakeham Reviewer: Stephen Bates Popping into a nearby bookmaker’s shop on the way to the opening night of Jonathan Maitland’s new play, a quick check of the odds reveals that Boris Johnson is the current favourite to fill the impending vacancy for the job of the United Kingdom’s Prime Minister. This news adds urgency to ...

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The Libertine – Theatre Royal Haymarket, London

Writer: Stephen Jeffreys Director: Terry Johnson Reviewer: David Guest Anyone salivating over the salacious poster promoting The Libertine at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket, is in for a big disappointment. Apart from a lewd and largely irrelevant song at the opening of Act Two, this production delivers little of the sauciness it teases. Stephen Jeffreys’ 1994 faux-Restoration romp (which he has ...

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Toast – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

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Writer: Richard Bean Director:Eleanor Rhode Reviewer: Steve Turner   Before going to university, writer Richard Bean spent a year in a bakery working on the production lines among men who had lost work owing to the decline of the fishing industry. This play, set in the canteen of a bread-making plant, demonstrates the effect this experience had on Bean even ...

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Toast – Connaught Theatre, Worthing

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Writer: Richard Bean Director: Eleanor Rhode Reviewer: Jo Payne Containing every form of humour and wit, this is a charming play. Through a careful build-up of characters and a fine balance of comedy, the audience is told a simple but effective story set in a bake house in the 1970s. The events start at 3pm and time becomes a key ...

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Toast – Oxford Playhouse

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Writer: Richard Bean Director: Eleanor Rhode Reviewer: Fergus Morgan Snapdragon’s touring revival of Richard Bean’s first stage play, Toast, is the chance to relive the early footsteps of one of Britain’s most celebrated dramatists. Bean has been a phenomenally successful playwright in recent years, with the National’s productions of One Man, Two Guvnors and Great Britain both garnering awards and ...

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