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Richard III – Curve, Leicester

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Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Nikolai Foster Reviewer: Phil Lowe In the Leicester Curve studio space an eager audience enters and seats itself for the annual community theatre event. This year it is Shakespeare's Richard III directed by professional director Nikolai Foster, an apt choice given the recent interment of the actual King Richard's bones in Leicester cathedral. This community theatre ...

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Talking Heads – Theatre Royal, Bath

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Writer:  Alan Bennett Director: Sarah Esdaile Reviewer: Claire Hayes Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads made an indelible mark as a series of BBC TV monologues in the 1980s. Now Theatre Royal Bath, with many a successful Bennett production already under its belt, has revived three of the most highly acclaimed episodes for the second slot of its 2015 Summer Season. Set ...

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Jimmy’s Farm, Ipswich

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Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Joanna Carrick Reviewer: Glen Pearce   There’s probably no more appropriate play for Red Rose Chain’s Theatre In The Forest than A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The woodland setting is the perfect backdrop for this woodland play. Red Rose Chain being Red Rose Chain, though, it’s not that straightforward, with plenty of twists and turns along the ...

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The Enduring Romance of Cathy and Heathcliff – Old Joint Stock Theatre, Birmingham


    Writer and director: Rebecca Newman, Reviewer: Gemma Corden, The intoxicating power of the romance novel strikes again Rebecca Newman (known to many as Casualty's Nurse Ally) writes, directs and stars in her first play,The Enduring Romance of Cathy and Heathcliff, a charming story about learning how to pick the right man, drawing parallels with Emily Bronte's classic gothic ...

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The Happy Prince – Bewley’s Café Theatre @ Powerscourt, Dublin


Writer: Oscar Wilde  Adaption: Michael James Ford Director: Bairbre Ni Chaoimh Reviewer: David Doyle   The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde has been entertaining scores of children and adults alike for well over a century and likewise this production of the tale, adapted and performed by Michael James Ford, has been a firm hit with audiences since its debut twelve ...

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Madness Sweet Madness: 24:7 Theatre Festival – Cosmo Concert Hall, Manchester

Madness Sweet Madness

Writer: Georgina Tremayne Director: Phil Bartlett Reviewer: Dave Cunningham At the rear of the stage a shed-like structure glows mysteriously. It may represent the nature of mental illness: lurking ominously in the background and threatening to return. Or perhaps it is the place of refuge that a character is offered at one point. Certainly it is like much of Madness ...

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The Plant: 24:7 Theatre Festival – Cosmo Concert Hall, Manchester

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Writer: James Kerr Director: Jocelyn Cox  Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Okay: here’s a story for you. There are these two guys and, as they are tattooed with a numerical code and wearing tags, we infer they are in an institution. They are a classic mismatched couple: Leon (Alex Phelps) is intellectually arrogant and has scant regard for the more plebian Keith ...

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Brief Encounters: 24/7 Theatre Festival –Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama, Manchester


Writers: Jojo Kirtley, Jane Tonge, Sue Blundell, Anne Haydock, Alan Cliff and Mari Lloyd Directors: Aelish Michael, Sushil Chudasama and Antony Bowers Smith Reviewer: Dave Cunningham As a kind of bonus feature to the main event the 24/7 Festival includes Brief Encounters – a free series of monologues performed promenade style. The audience are guided through the Manchester University campus ...

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