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A View from the Bridge – Alhambra, Bradford

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Writer: Arthur Miller Director: Stephen Unwin Reviewer: Audrey Pointer Arthur Miller’s private life achieved notoriety with his famous marriage to Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe in 1956. Around the same time, he wrote A View From The Bridge, which was influenced by his impoverished adolescence in the 1930’s Depression. It is widely considered a 20th century classic tragic drama. It is ...

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Absence of War – Citizens Theatre, Glasgow

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Writer: David Hare Director: Jeremy Herrin Reviewer: Fraser MacDonald The 2015 election is looming and Glasgow's Citizens Theatre is celebrating the occasion with a razor sharp political drama which gives us a little insight into what may be gong in behind closed doors. Premiered in 1993 by the National Theatre, Absence of War mirrors in all but names the internal ...

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All My Sons – Richmond Theatre, London

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Writer: Arthur Miller Director: Michael Buffong Reviewer:  Andy Moseley While there are some classic plays that seem to be lost to the mists of time, relying on the occasional rediscovery by fringe theatre producers to get them in front of audiences, others seem to be perennially popular, with new productions every year meaning that you could safely miss one in the ...

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Beautiful Thing – The Patrick Centre, Birmingham Hippodrome

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Writer: Jonathan Harvey Director: Nikolai Foster Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Transport yourself back to the early 1990s to Thamesmead, a rundown largely working class estate in south London. The residents have their own problems to deal with – drug abuse, anti-social behaviour, just trying to rub along. Central to the story are Sandra, a thirty-five year old barmaid, her latest partner, ...

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Oh What a Lovely War – The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry.

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Writer: Joan Littlewood Director: Terry Johnson Reviewer: Nicole Evans The year is 1914. Ten million fathers, husbands and sons are destined to never see their troubles or their old kit bags again. A further seven million civilians are destined to lose their lives in the name of resolving a conflict. The ‘war to end all wars’ begins. Joan Littlewood’s Oh ...

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Mass – Bristol Old Vic, Bristol

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Writer and Performer: Amy Mason Director: Kirsty Housley Reviewer: Joan Phillips Amy Mason attempts a humorous reconstruction of what a mass could be like if you did away with the ritualised chanting, formalised responses and solemn music of the traditional Catholic mass. And comes up with some pretty good ideas. A self-declared lapsed Catholic, Mason recalls years in her childhood ...

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The Woman In Black – Grand Theatre, Blackpool

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Writer: Susan Hill Adaptor: Stephen Mallatratt Director: Robin Hertford Reviewer: Francesca Parker   Susan Hill’s novel The Woman in Black was marvellously adapted for the stage in 1987 by Stephen Mallatratt. The chilling tale has been, most recently, immortalised in film, and prior to this The Woman in Black has run a number of successful tours and has been performed ...

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The King’s Speech – Opera House, Manchester

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Writer: David Seidler Director: Roxana Silbert Reviewer: Rebecca Cohen   The King’s Speech captured the heart of the nation when it was transformed into a star-studded film back in 2010. And the fascinating story of King George VI is one that also transcends perfectly onto the stage - its humour, pace, and characterisation ensuring it will be a reigning success in ...

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