Abigail’s Party: A Comic Case of Hosts Behaving Badly

Tuesday 29th January 2019 at The Grand Opera House, York.⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Mike Leigh’s 1977 comedy Abigail’s Party is a beautifully preserved microcosm of seventies trends, etiquette and values. It’s also a very neat reflection of timeless relationship dynamics, making it ever relevant and entertaining - one look at the current housing market tells you that aspirational young... Continue Reading →

Kindertransport: Lives Saved & Lives Changed For Ever

Saturday 20th October 2018 at Nottingham Playhouse. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This production of Diane Samuels’ Kindertransport marks the 80th anniversary of the Kindertransports which saved the lives of so many German children endangered by their Jewish faith and those raging against it in Nazi Germany. Children were transported to London and taken in by host families; many... Continue Reading →

The Full Monty: Stripping in a Comic Fight for Dignity

Monday 15th October 2018 at the Grand Opera House, York. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Simon Beaufoy’s play is based on the film (Fox Searchlights Pictures)...which I’ve never seen (I know). My feelings about the show are apparently out of keeping with the general population because I haven’t had the influence of the film guiding me through this production.... Continue Reading →

The Wipers Times: A Jolly Good Play Based on a Surprising True Story

Saturday 1st September 2018 at Nottingham Theatre Royal ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Ian Hislop and Nick Newman’s The Wipers Times is based on the fascinating and heartening true story of WW1 soldiers who began printing a wartime publication after discovering a working printing press amongst the rubble in Ypres. The play follows seven British men knee-deep in trench... Continue Reading →

The Secret Garden: A Beautiful Adaptation of a Classic Children’s Novel

Wednesday 1st August 2018 at York Theatre Royal. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic children’s novel gets an affectionate adaptation from Jessica Swale in this production from Theatre by the Lake. As far as adaptations of classics and of children’s fiction go, this is beautifully done, paying tribute to the original with a few tweaks to... Continue Reading →

Shakers: A Love Letter to the Art of Multi-Roling

Friday 6th April 2018 at the Carriageworks Theatre, Leeds. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ John Godber and Jane Thornton’s Shakers is a uniquely entertaining piece of theatre which provides actors with a goldmine of opportunities. Set primarily in a swanky bar in which four feisty waitresses tackle the behaviour of both punters and each other, this play doubles as... Continue Reading →

This House: A Stylish Glimpse Behind the Curtain at Westminster

Wednesday 28th February 2018 at West Yorkshire Playhouse. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This House is taking a tour after an impressive run at the National Theatre. Written by James Graham and directed by Jeremy Herrin with Jonathan O’Boyle, the production takes us behind the parliament looking glass to the House of Commons to witness the bustle, challenges and... Continue Reading →

(The Fall of) The Master Builder: Brilliantly Constructed

Wednesday 4th October, 2017 at West Yorkshire Playhouse. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Zinnie Harris' (the fall of) The Master Builder is a brilliantly crafted tale of darkness and revelations which is dotted with misleading charm and laughter. Considered by creators to be 'more a response than a version' of Ibsen's original work, this play feels modern and fiery.... Continue Reading →

Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill: Tragic, Defiant & Unflinching

Thursday 3rd August 2017 at the Wyndham's Theatre, London. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill, written by Lanie Robertson and directed by Lonny Price, is inspired by a boyfriend of Robertson's experience of seeing Holiday perform in a tiny, run down venue to a tiny audience in 1959, four months before her death.... Continue Reading →

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