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Two 2 – Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Katy Cavanagh and Colin Connor in Two 2

Writer: Jim Cartwright Director: David Thacker Reviewer: Malcolm Wallace   Following on from the conclusion of the Octagon’s brilliant revival of Jim Cartwright’s classic play Two, the theatre now presents the world premiere of the sequel, Two 2. Set several years after the conclusion of Two, the play rejoins the Landlady and Landlord at another time of crisis for their ...

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Uncle Vanya – Almeida Theatre, London

Paul Rhys and Vanessa Kirby

Writer: Anton Chekov Adaptor & Director: Robert Icke Reviewer: Maryam Philpott   We are all strange, that is how we know we’re normal, so says Michael (Doctor Astrov) as comfort and conclusion in the final act of the Almeida's new production of Uncle Vanya, which is set in the modern day and newly adapted by Robert Icke. Several productions in ...

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The Tragical History Of The Life And Death Of Doctor Faustus – The Swan Theatre, Stratford Upon Avon

Dr Faustus at The Swan, Stratford upon Avon

Writer: Christopher Marlowe Director: Maria Aberg Reviewer: Bethaney Rimmer   At each performance of Dr Faustus, the decision of who shall play the title role and who shall be Mephistophilis is left to chance. Sandy Grierson and Oliver Ryan enter the stage from opposite sides, mirroring each other’s movements precisely as they reach centre stage, face each other and light a match. ...

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A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing – Curve, Leicester

Aoife Duffin in A Girl is a Half-formed Thing

Adaptor and Director: Annie Ryan Reviewer: Claire Going   There aren't many productions that leave an audience speechless, but this is one of them. Maybe it is something about Eimear McBride's use of language in A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing or the stark nakedness of Annie Ryan's production choices, but there is no doubt that Aoife Duffin's solo performance in ...

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NEWS: Sir Trevor Nunn to return to birthplace for A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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Sir Trevor Nunn will return to his hometown of Ipswich to direct A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the New Wolsey Theatre this summer. The acclaimed director has so far directed 36 of Shakespeare’s 37 plays, with this production completing the collection. The New Wolsey Theatre, of which Nunn is a patron, is currently celebrating its 15th anniversary.   For Peter Rowe, ...

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Macbeth – mac Birmingham

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Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Mike Tweddle Reviewer: Selwyn Knight   Out of Chaos have done it again. After giving us their hilarious and fast-moving takes on Greek and Norse mythology in Unmythable and Norsesome, the West Midlands-based international group takes on the Scottish Play, giving it their own special treatment having adjusted the staging for just two actors. There is ...

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The End of Longing – Playhouse Theatre, London

Matthew Perry In End of Longing

Writer: Matthew Perry Director: Lindsay Posner Reviewer: Daniel Perks   Matthew Perry’s first written work for the stage plays out almost like a sitcom – no scene is longer than a few minutes and typically concluded with a comedy punchline that signals the scene change. Stephanie (Jennifer Mudge) and Stevie (Christina Cole), despite their obvious differences, are firm friends. One ...

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Dancing Bear – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

The cast in a preview performance of Dancing Bear at the WYP

Writer: Beccy  Owen      Music:  Jamie Fletcher, Ric Neale and Beccy Owen Director: Jamie Fletcher Choreographer: Eleni Edipidi Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood This preview of Dancing Bear is a crucial piece in the continuous development of the show as the company is planning to tour this production nationally and internationally next year.   This preview coincides with the LGBT History Month and is part ...

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