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Kenny Morgan – Arcola Theatre, London

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Writer: Mike Poulton Director: Lucy Bailey Reviewer: Maryam Philpott   Since the centenary celebrations of Terence Rattigan’s birth in 2011 his plays have enjoyed something of a resurgence in London. Next week the latest of these opens at The National Theatre, The Deep Blue Sea, starring Helen McCrory, but Rattigan’s fiction was based on real life events, and in a perfectly timed opening ...

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The 39 Steps – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Rob Whitcomb as Man 1, Andrew Hodges as Man 2 and Richard Ede as Richard Hannay in The 39 Steps

Writer: John Buchan Adapter: Patrick Barlow from an original concept by Simon Corble & Nobby Dimon Director: Maria Aitken Designer: Peter McKintosh Reviewer: Rich Jevons The main novelty of The 39 Steps, is that all roles in this farcical thriller are played by just four performers. Winning an Olivier Award for Best Comedy and after nine years in the West ...

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BRIGHTON FRINGE: An Audience with Henry VIII – Bosco Theatre, Spiegeltent

An Audience with Henry VIII

Writers: Ross Gurney-Randall and Pete Howells Director: Tony Haase Reviewer: Niall Harman What brings the notorious King Henry VIII to a wooden tent in a Brighton square, with grass growing through the floorboards and an audience gathered on excruciatingly uncomfortable benches? The late King has been dead for 469 years, and since then seems to have been in purgatory. He ...

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Ventoux – The Lowry, Salford

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Writer: 2Magpies Theatre and Andy Routledge  Director: Mark Wilks  Reviewer: Harriet Mallion  2Magpies Theatre’s Ventoux brings a love for cycling, a passion for competing, and all the excitement of the Tour De France to the stage. It is fast paced from the moment the doors swing open with both artists rigorously warming up and preparing themselves for the performance of ...

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Shall Roger Casement Hang? – Tron Theatre, Glasgow


Writer:  Peter Arnott Director: Andy Arnold Reviewer:  R G Balgray   As history trundles on, it can throw up some interesting side-lights. None more so than the curious footnote appended to the Easter 1916 Rising by the bungled role played by Sir Roger Casement. In the world premiere of this new play by Peter Arnott as part of Mayfesto, the ...

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BRIGHTON FRINGE: And The Rope Still Tugging At Her Feet – The Warren

And The Rope Still Tugging At My Feet

Writer: Caroline Burns Cooke Director: Colin Watkeys Reviewer: Daniel Perks   Caroline Burns Cooke, writer and performer, takes centre stage. Tired and exhausted in a shabby black dress, she spends the next hour pouring out her tragedy based on Joanne Hayes and the 1984 Kerry Babies Scandal. It may be inspired by past events, but And The Rope Still Tugging ...

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BRIGHTON FRINGE: Sellotape Sisters – The Warren, Brighton

Signal Theatre's Sellotape Sisters

Writer: Lee Mattinson Director: Robert Wolstenholme Reviewer: Daniel Perks   Seeing Sellotape Sisters at the Brighton Fringe Festival presents an immediate contrast. A city renowned for Gay Pride hosts a play that highlights how only a few decades beforehand, this overly flamboyant and visual celebration would have been completely avant-garde and unacceptable. It is 1966 and homosexuality is illegal. Phyllis ...

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Harold Pinter: The Theatre of Menace – Smock Alley, Dublin

Theatre of Menace

Writer: Harold Pinter Reviewer: Laura Marriott   PurpleCoat Theatre Company begins their annual visit to Dublin’s Smock Alley Theatre this May with the The Theatre of Menace. More generally known for their electrifying Shakespeare productions, they are attempting something new with a night of short works by Harold Pinter. This is an unusual move, however, it quickly pays off. The ...

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