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‘Sharp harmonies & eerie sounds create almost as much atmosphere as the poem itself’: THE MARINER – Touring ★★★★

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Now, on Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s 246th birthday, these Eastern counties are seeing a tour of this fascinating reimagining, from letters and records, of the way the poem resonates through the man’s own life. Pat Whymark writes and directs; her partner Julian Harries plays The Mariner.

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‘Undemanding & not bad fun’: STORIES – National Theatre ★★★

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It’s a sign of the sparky credibility of Nina Raine’s play about a woman desperate for a sperm donor – having broken with her younger, unwilling boyfriend – that half an hour in I started thinking “aren’t women hell!” But later that changes to “actually, it’s theatricals and intellectual creatives who are hell”. It is all very NW3.