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Long Day’s Journey Into Night – Bristol Old Vic

Jeremy Irons and Lesley Manville

Writer: Eugene O'Neill Director: Richard Eyre Reviewer: Kris Hallett   It's a big year for Bristol Old Vic with its 250-year celebration making it the oldest theatre in Britain. It passes this, its showcase event with aplomb; director Richard Eyre, who was inspired to go into the theatre having watched Peter O'Toole's Hamlet here as a schoolboy, working in the city for ...

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INTERVIEW: Hadley Fraser takes a Long Day’s Journey Into Night

Hadley Fraser

Hadley Fraser must have built up some good karma in a previous life. For 10 years he was a leading man in a number of musicals including two successful stints in Les Miserables, portraying Raul in the 25th anniversary of The Phantom of the Opera and aged just 26 opening a show on Broadway The Pirate Queen (though it's arguable the luck kicked back, the show created by ...

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Harlequinade/All On Her Own – Garrick Theatre, London

Harlequinade. Credit Johan Persson

  Writer: Terence Rattigan Director: Kenneth Branagh Reviewer: Maryam Philpott   It’s been eight years since Kenneth Branagh was last in the West End so the decision to form a theatre company and take up a prolonged residency at the Garrick has caused a great deal of excitement. Having been away too long, Branagh is clearly intending to make up ...

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Hadley Fraser & Caroline Sheen star in Before After

Hadley and Caroline

Hadley Fraser and Caroline Sheen have today been announced  for the world première of the  new romantic musical, Before After, at St. James Studio. Backed by the Arts Council, Before After will be work-shopped for two weeks then will be performed to the paying public on Sunday 28 September at 3.00pm at St. James Studio. In Before After, Ami (Sheen) meets Ben (Fraser) by a tree on a beautiful ...

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Coriolanus – Donmar Warehouse, London


Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Josie Rourke Reviewer: Ian Foster [rating:4] This is truly a Coriolanus for our times. Josie Rourke’s intimate chamber production for her Donmar Warehouse made ripples by casting Tom Hiddleston in the title rôle, a rare return to the stage for an actor now catapulted into Hollywood’s hotlist, but in so many other ways, it is an ...

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The Machine – Campfield Market Hall, Manchester


Writer: Matt Charman Director: Josie Rourke Reviewer: Iain Sykes [rating:4.5]   Matt Charman, the writer of The Machine, primes us in the first line of his programme notes that “A play about chess sounds almost terrifyingly dull.” Yet, on entering a sweltering Campfield Market Hall, the audience is met with an almost gladiatorial atmosphere. Rap music plays and four high ...

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The Pajama Game – Minerva Theatre, Chichester


Words and music: Richard Adler and Jerry Ross Book: George Abbott and Richard Bissel Director: Richard Eyre Reviewer: Ian Foster [rating:4] Old Broadway classics seem to flourish in the rarefied air of West Sussex and it is hard to shake the feeling that Chichester has done it again with a revival of The Pajama Game. No stranger to big American ...

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Encore: Laura Tisdall, composer and writer

Who is Laura Tisdall? You may not know her yet, but if you’re a part of the growing online theatre geek world, chances are you’ve come across the musical she composed and wrote the book and lyrics for, The In-Between. A full two-act musical, it has now been recorded as a concept album, its songs brought to life by the voices ...

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