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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Everything Is Possible: The York Suffragettes review at Theatre Royal, York – ‘impressive community production’ by Roger Foss

“Deeds not words” was Emmeline Pankhurst’s militant motto. So when you are caught up in a melee outside York Minster involving placard

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

John McGrath: ‘After the Manchester attack, the festival feels more urgent than ever’ by Roger Foss

A few days before we meet to talk about putting together his first Manchester International Festival as artistic director, John McGrath has

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Monday, June 5, 2017

Rose starring Janet Suzman – review at Home, Manchester – ‘a spellbinding performance’ by Roger Foss

Right now there’s a lot of trauma in Manchester following the recent terror attack. Both out in the city and inside Home,

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Friday, June 2, 2017

Persuasion review at Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester – ‘a provocative, contemporary reworking’ by Roger Foss

Did the gentry frolic semi-naked at foam parties in Jane Austen’s day? They do in Jeff James’ radically rejigged version of her

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Hard Times review at Oldham Coliseum – ‘a hard slog’ by Roger Foss

If there’s any comparison to be made between Charles Dickens’ 1854 novel and Stephen Jeffreys’ 1982 stage adaptation, it’s that one is

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Friday, May 19, 2017

From Shore to Shore review at Oriental City Restaurant, Leeds – ‘smartly staged Chinese-British stories’ by Roger Foss

Now that China is a major UK commercial investor, this stirring piece of verbatim theatre is a timely reminder of the generations

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Winter Hill review at Octagon Theatre, Bolton – ‘multifaceted and insightful’ by Roger Foss

Timberlake Wertenbaker’s last play, Jefferson’s Garden, was set in 1780s America. Her new play is set closer to home: atop Winter Hill,

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The Importance of Being Earnest review at Theatr Clwyd, Mold – ‘youthfully irreverent’ by Roger Foss

Right from the start, Richard Fitch’s youthful production of The Importance of Being Earnest looks and feels like freshly de-cluttered late Victoriana.

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Friday, May 5, 2017

Stand Up Stand Up review at Theatre Royal, Wakefield – ‘comic potential’ by Roger Foss

Ken Dodd once told an interviewer that laughter is just noise that comes out of a hole in your face. Anatomically, Doddy

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

The Graduate review at West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds – ‘smart and satirical’ by Roger Foss

The Graduate has graduated. It’s about time a woman director grabbed hold of Terry Johnson’s stage adaptation and shook something more satirically

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Lifeboat review at West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds – ‘richly inventive’ by Roger Foss

Blitzed Britain. A ship transporting 90 child evacuees to the safety of Canada is sunk by German U-boats. Most of them drown.

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

The Island review at the Dukes, Lancaster – ‘sensitively performed’ by Roger Foss

As a denunciation of apartheid, there’s surely nothing in theatre as consciousness-raising as the re-enactment of the Antigone-Creon trial scene at the end of

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Friday, April 28, 2017

How My Light Is Spent review at Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester – ‘oddball optimism’ by Roger Foss

The growth of social media might suggest we are all closely connected, but the premier of Alan Harris’ play explores social disengagement

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Twelfth Night review at Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester – ‘joyous and charming’ by Roger Foss

The rain it raineth very hard during the shipwreck opening of Jo Davies’ joyous Royal Exchange production. But there’s nothing wet about

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Moth review at the Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester – ‘blazing acting’ by Roger Foss

The twisted realism of Melbourne playwright Declan Greene’s two-hander makes for unsettling viewing. Moth is partly a schoolboy’s fantasy about a robot saving

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Spring and Port Wine review at Coliseum Theatre, Oldham – ‘a terrific revival’ by Roger Foss

“It shouldn’t be a battle, dad, bringing up a family.” This is one of many barbed home truths aimed at Rafe Compton

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Simply Murder review at Theatre Royal Wakefield – ‘a cleverly constructed thriller’ by Roger Foss

Rat poison in the wine? Blood on the rug? Bodies in the cesspit? Nazi assassins on the loose? Psychopath husband bumps off pregnant

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Monday, April 3, 2017

Lifted by Beauty: Adventures in Dreaming review at Rhyl town centre – ‘inspired’ by Roger Foss

This National Theatre Wales collaboration with the residents of Rhyl begins with a guided stroll through the town centre taking in short

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Friday, March 31, 2017

Best Foot Forward review at Youth Hostel Association, York – ‘footloose and jolly’ by Roger Foss

Mikron Theatre embarks on its 46th annual tour with a show that takes a scenic hike through the history of the Youth

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Gaudete review at Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield – ‘weirdly disturbing’ by Roger Foss

This is hardly an English idyll. With a parish priest abducted by elemental spirits and replaced with a replica, the local WI

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Casanova review at Grand Theatre, Leeds – ‘nothing short of mesmerising’ by Roger Foss

Was Giacomo Casanova just an 18th-century sex addict, or a man of many colours? He was a trainee cleric, gambler, writer, violinist,

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Grease review at Palace Theatre, Manchester – ‘quaintly old-fashioned’ by Roger Foss

When it premiered off-Broadway in 1972 Grease already reeked of nostalgia for the teen culture of 1950s America, when greased-up hair and

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Romeo and Juliet review at West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds – ‘thrilling and intense’ by Roger Foss

Hot-headed youth doesn’t only take a bow at the start of Amy Leach’s thrilling production when rival teen tribes break out in

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Meat Pie, Sausage Roll review at Coliseum Theatre, Oldham – ‘team spirit’ by Roger Foss

Lyrics don’t come much snappier than in classic football anthems. Even Tim Rice might struggle to coin as catchy a phrase as

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Monday, March 6, 2017

Nell Gwynn starring Laura Pitt-Pulford – review at the Lowry, Salford – ‘good-humoured’ by Roger Foss

Aphra Behn, one of the first professional female playwrights, once described Nell Gwynn as “made on purpose to put the whole world

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Ashes review at Octagon Theatre, Bolton – ‘sensitive direction’ by Roger Foss

Apart from the non-stop talk of sperm counts and ovary tests, or watching graphic genital examinations and practical demonstrations of the sexiest

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Friday, February 24, 2017

Murder, Margaret and Me review at Theatre Royal, York – ‘well-crafted’ by Roger Foss

Agatha Christie and Margaret Rutherford would surely spin in their graves if they knew the secret sorrows of Britain’s “queen of crime”

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Steve Delaney: ‘I stopped trying to act and just focused on Count Arthur Strong’ by Roger Foss

When Count Arthur Strong first toddled on stage to give his portrayal of Cinderella’s dad in the London Palladium pantomime last Christmas,

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Skylight review at Theatr Clwyd, Mold – ‘quietly enthralling’ by Roger Foss

Apart from passing references to Yellow Pages and the Thatcherite poll tax, David Hare’s emotionally affecting 1995 play, Skylight, hasn’t dated one

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Frankenstein Revelations review at York Medical Society, York – ‘intense and enthralling’ by Roger Foss

Over recent years Theatre Mill’s Rebecca Stafford has shown an uncanny knack for matching plays with York’s heritage buildings: more recently York

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Pygmalion review at West Yorkshire Playhouse – ‘a radical revival’ by Roger Foss

This is Pygmalion – the director’s cut. Sam Pritchard hasn’t revisited Shaw’s didactic social comedy, he’s reinvented it, although it’s debatable whether

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