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A Farewell to Arms – CAST, Doncaster


Writer: Ernest Hemingway Music: Jeremy Payton-Jones Directors: Andrew Quick and Pete Brooks Reviewer: Janet Jepson Doomed love is a very hackneyed phrase, and capturing it realistically on a stage is a huge task for a theatre company.  The spectres of Romeo and Juliet, Love Story, The English Patient, Brokeback Mountain and numerous other tragic love stories live on in the ...

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The Pillowman – Oxford Playhouse

The Pillowman - Oxford Playhouse (c) Dina Tsesarsky

Writer: Martin McDonagh Director: Tom Bailey Reviewer: Fergus Morgan Martin McDonagh’s The Pillowman is as dark a comedy as it is possible to find. Set predominantly in an interrogation room of some unidentified totalitarian state, the plot revolves around the questioning of Katurian (Claire Bowman) and his ‘retarded’ brother Michal (Emma D’Arcy) over a spate of brutal child murders that ...

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Faustus – Etcetera Theatre, London


Writer / Director: Kate Danbury Reviewer: Maryam Philpott   Would you be interested in trading in your soul? Perhaps it could get you a better house, lifelong happiness, unimpeachable power, world-wide fame or even eternal youth. But what of the cost… a minor charge really, all of this could be yours and the price is merely an eternity in hell. ...

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The Witch of Edmonton  – The Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon    


Writers: William Rowley, Thomas Dekker & John Ford Director:  Gregory Doran Reviewer: James Garrington When it first appeared in 1621, The Witch of Edmonton was a very topical piece indeed. Only a few months earlier, Elizabeth Sawyer had faced a trial for her life for supposed witchcraft in the village of Edmonton, and the play tells the story of the events that ...

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Othello – Curve, Leicester


Writer: William Shakespeare Adaptors: Scott Graham and Steven Hoggett Director: Scott Graham Frantic Assembly’s reputation as one of the most exciting practitioners in modern theatre is well-deserved. Originally staged in 2008 and winning Scott Graham and Steven Hoggett a TMA Theatre award for best direction, Othello is as fresh and as exciting as it was during the original tour. Othello ...

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She Stoops To Conquer – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

She Stoops to Conquer - Viaduct Theatre, Halifax

Writer: Oliver Goldsmith Music: Rebekah Hughes Director: Conrad Nelson Reviewer: Ruth Jepson Northern Broadsides are one of those theatre companies that you expect great things of. Established in just 1992, they have made a name for themselves with their Shakespeare, humour and ability to make dense classics accessible to a modern audience. Unfortunately with She Stoops to Conquer, they’ve slightly ...

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Defender of the Faith – Civic Theatre, Dublin

DEFENDEROFTHEFAITH - Decadent theatre company

Writer: Stuart Carolan Director: Andrew Flynn Reviewer: Monica Insinga Love/Hate creator Stuart Carolan is back at the theatre with his award-winning first play, Defender of the Faith, a thriller in which he started to explore paramilitary life in a family already wounded by tragedy. First performed on the Peacock stage (Abbey Theatre), followed by an off-Broadway run and Glasgow, Defender ...

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Greywing House – Etcetera Theatre, Camden


Writer: Mary Beth Morossa Music: Daniel Cross Directors: Shealagh Dennis and Teddy Lamb Reviewer: Joanna Trainor   “Holding hands, sipping tea, and smiling too wide…” Mary Beth Morossa’s nightmarish tale of living as a reluctant landlady in the desolated seaside resort of Cradleshead, is a great Gothic addition to the London Horror Festival. Creepy and chilling; Camden seems a little ...

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