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This Story of Yours  – The White Bear Theatre, London

Writer: John Hopkins Director: David Sayers Reviewer: Richard Maguire Entering the White Bear Theatre’s new digs above the Kennington pub, we hear the cackle of a police radio to prepare us for this police procedural drama first seen at the Royal Court in 1968. Interspersed in the static, are songs from the 60s. One of them is a song by ...

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One Man, Two Guvnors – Old Joint Stock, Birmingham

Writer: Richard Bean Director: Adam Lacey Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Francis is easily confused. He used to play washboard in a skiffle band but then the Beatles happened and he was sacked. Hungry and desperate for food, he met Roscoe, a dodgy-looking bloke, who offered him a week’s work as his minder. Which is odd as Roscoe was murdered by the ...

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Entertaining Mr Sloane – Blue Orange Theatre, Birmingham

An older and a younger man

Writer: Joe Orton Director: Ian Craddock Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Joe Orton’s black comedy, Entertaining Mr Sloane, premiered in London in 1964 and has had several revivals since. It tells a story of sexual manipulation, though who is being manipulated and by whom becomes less clear as the play progresses. Kath (Elaine Ward) is a middle-aged lady living with her father, ...

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Dial M for Murder – Blue Orange Theatre, Birmingham

Richard Buck, Jefferson Bond and Emily Jane Brooks in Dial M for Murder at Blue Orange Theatre Birmingham

Writer: Frederick Knott Director: Ian Craddock Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Tony Wendice might well muse that, in the words of Rabbie Burns, “The best laid schemes o’ mice and men Gang aft a-gley”. After spending months scheming to get an old university pal to agree to murder Wendice’s wife, Margot, in the perfect murder, he has all bases covered. He has ...

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Richard III – Curve, Leicester

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Nikolai Foster Reviewer: Phil Lowe In the Leicester Curve studio space an eager audience enters and seats itself for the annual community theatre event. This year it is Shakespeare's Richard III directed by professional director Nikolai Foster, an apt choice given the recent interment of the actual King Richard's bones in Leicester cathedral. This community theatre ...

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