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A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Theatre Royal, Bath

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Laurence Boswell Reviewer: Claire Hayes Blue-daubed fairies prance and writhe, furious lovers claw and fight under a huge forest moon as one of Shakespeare’s best-loved comedies – the one so many of us cut our teeth on at school - is given a captivatingly contemporary and imaginative treatment in this new production from the Theatre Royal ...

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Brave New World – Wolverhampton Grand Theatre

Writer: Aldous Huxley Adaptor: Dawn King Director: James Dacre Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Imagine a world in which everyone is happy all the time under the benevolent eye of the State. Sounds Utopian, yes? But what if all that were achieved by genetically modifying and conditioning citizens to fit in, if strong emotions were banned because of their impact, if everyone ...

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Brave New World – Nottingham Theatre Royal

Writer: Aldous Huxley Adaptor: Dawn King Director: James Dacre Reviewer: Dave Smith Aldous Huxley once taught George Orwell and wrote his own dystopian vision of the future, Brave New World, in 1931, 18 years before his former pupil wrote 1984. Both are just as relevant today as when they were written; in many ways, Brave New World can reasonably be ...

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Brave New World – Oxford Playhouse

Writer: Aldous Huxley Adaptor: Dawn King Director: James Dacre Reviewer: Fergus Morgan An end to unhappiness, crime, and poverty. Harmless, bliss-inducing drugs. Casual, no-strings-attached sex. What’s not to like about the dystopian (or should that be utopian) future of Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World? In Dawn King’s new adaptation of Huxley’s 1931 novel, jointly produced here by Touring Consortium and ...

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Brave New World – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Aldous Huxley Adaptation: Dawn King Director: James Dacre Reviewer: Dominic Corr It should, perhaps, worry some that a piece of satirical literature from the 1930’s manages to maintain its place as satire, but also draw legitimate parallels with our own 21st century lifestyles. Humorous references to monogamy and over-indulgence may still reverberate, but the production's revitalised treatment for the ...

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The Mother – Ustinov Studio, Theatre Royal Bath

Writer: Florian Zeller Translator: Christopher Hampton Director: Laurence Boswell Reviewer: Claire Hayes A mother’s job is to love and let go – gradually loosening the reins without unravelling herself. And this most precarious of balances is at the heart of Florian Zeller’s play The Mother, receiving its UK premiere at the Ustinov Studio. For those who saw The Father last ...

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Longing – Hampstead Theatre, London

Writer: William Boyd, based on two short stories by Anton Chekhov Director: Nina Raine Reviewer: Lizzie Kirkwood [rating:4] Based on two short stories by Anton Chekov, novelist and short story writer William Boyd’s first play is an interesting experiment. Combining My Life and A Visit to Friends to create a new play, Longing is both Chekhov and not quite Chekhov. ...

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