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Exit the King – Ustinov Studio, Theatre Royal, Bath

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Writer: Eugène Ionesco Director: Laurence Boswell Reviewer: Claire Hayes   King Berenger I has lived for over 400 years, yet still he’s not ready to die. He’s been too busy inventing the tractor, mastering nuclear fusion and attending an endless round of charity balls with his glamorous young second wife, Queen Marie. Now it all boils down to the last ...

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Rhubarb Crumble – Civic Theatre, Dublin

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Writers: Ghost Train Willy Director: Mathew Ralli  Reviewer: Rachel Rafferty Ghost Train Willy’s musical comedy Rhubarb Crumble was a sell-out success at the 2014 Tiger Dublin Fringe festival. It concerns the behind the scenes shenanigans of a ‘second rate’ theatre company, the absurdly named Rhubarb Crumble. The roller-coaster storyline follows a group of five theatre graduates that have come together ...

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Theatre Uncut – Soho Theatre, London

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Writers: Anders Lustgarten, Clara Brennan, Inua Ellams, Vivienne Franzmann, Hayley Squires Director: Hannah Price Reviewer: Maryam Philpott   Entertainment is only one part of theatre’s job and from its earliest days it has been used to make political statements. Theatre Uncut is now part of that long tradition with its annual programme of fifteen minute plays made freely available for ...

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Defender of the Faith – Project Arts Centre, Dublin

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Writer: Stuart Carolan Director: Andrew Flynn Reviewer: Ciara Murphy Presented by Decadent Theatre Company, Stuart Carolan's gritty drama Defender of the Faith takes its audience by storm in Temple Bar's Project Arts Centre. Carolan, currently most famous for RTÉ drama Love/Hate, transcends the barrier between depravity and humanity in this piece and leaves his eager audience chomping at the bit for more. ...

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Little Gem – Civic Theatre, Dublin

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Writer and Director: Elaine Murphy Reviewer: Monica Insinga Since its first multi-award-winning production at the 2008 Dublin Fringe Festival, Little Gem by Elaine Murphy has garnered success after success from Dublin to Edinburgh, from Australia to New York. This Breda Cashe production sees Murphy debuting at the helm of her first full-length play, directing two of the original cast members ...

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Peter Pan Goes Wrong – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

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Writers: Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, Henry Shields Director: Addam Meggido Reviewer:  Bill Avenell The question arises, is it wise to go and see a second production so soon after having enjoyed a first by the same company and, moreover, could Cornley Polytechnic Dramatic Society (sorry I mean Mischief Theatre of course) sustain the action and disaster packed riot of The ...

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Regeneration – Grand Theatre, Blackpool

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Writer: Pat Barker Adaptor: Nicholas Wright Director: Simon Godwin Reviewer: May Mellstrom Marking the centenary of the First World War, 2014 has seen a plethora of productions and events to commemorate the conflict, and this adaptation of Pat Barker’s trilogy of books is a welcome addition.  Nicholas Wright adapts Barker’s acclaimed novels for the stage; it should be noted that ...

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To Kill A Mockingbird – New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

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Writer: Christopher Sergel, from the novel by Harper Lee Director: Timothy Sheader Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird is without doubt one of the great novels of the twentieth century; published in the early 1960s, it has, according to Nick Smurthwaite, become the most widely studied book, appearing on more English literature curricula than any other. It ...

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