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Noughts and Crosses – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Writer: Malorie Blackman Adaptor: Sabrina Mahfouz Director: Esther Richardson Reviewer: Michael Gray This ambitious new adaptation by Sabrina Mahfouz of Malorie Blackman’s seminal Young Adult dystopian masterpiece has a tough job on its hands; It has to make the story accessible and immediate to those who’ve read the books and those who haven’t. A whole alternative society, divided, we quickly ...

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The Grand Old Dame of York – York Theatre Royal

Writer: Berwick Kaler Directors: Damian Cruden, Berwick Kaler Designer: Mark Walters Musical Director: Elliot Styche Choreographer: Grace Harrington The Grand Old Dame of York is less a pantomime than an occasion – a unique one at that; celebratory, thoroughly entertaining and often very funny, though somewhat unstructured to a fault. Berwick Kaler’s achievement is remarkable, as is the devotion he ...

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The Habit of Art – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Alan Bennett Director: Philip Franks Reviewer: Abbie Rippon ‘Why must a play be such a performance?’ argues Neil, the writer of Caliban’s Day. The cast are rehearsing for an upcoming production which explores the life of WH Auden and his collaborations with Benjamin Britten, and The Habit of Art is the play within which this play falls. Confused yet? Don’t be. ...

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INTERVIEW: Deborah McAndrew talks female writers, Corrie and They Don’t Pay? We Won’t Pay!

A new adaptation of Dario Fo’s Can’t Pay? Won’t Pay!, a co-production between Northern Broadsides and York Theatre Royal, opens at York Theatre Royal in October. The Reviews Hub's Richard Hall caught up with writer Deborah McAndrew to talk about her experience of adapting this popular play and also her career as one of Britain’s most successful female playwrights. Finding fame ...

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The Habit of Art – Theatre Royal, York

Writer: Alan Bennett Director: Philip Franks Designer: Adrian Linford Reviewer: Ron Simpson Aside from his wonderful monologues, Alan Bennett tends to write plays that are not what they seem, made up of seemingly irreconcilable elements: even the perennially popular History Boys goes off at what seems to be a bizarre tangent with a crippled presenter of television history shows. When ...

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The Secret Garden – Theatre Royal, York

Writer: Frances Hodgson Burnett Adapter: Jessica Swale Director: Liz Stevenson Designer: Lily Arnold Reviewer: Ron Simpson The Theatre by the Lake production of The Secret Garden, now settled into York Theatre Royal for a four-week run, does everything possible to make Frances Hodgson Burnett’s 1911 novel come vividly to life for a modern audience. Especially striking is the staging, Lily ...

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