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‘You gain in a proximity to the action denied even to the front row’: NT Live screening – The Madness of King George III

In Films, Opinion, Plays, Regional theatre, Reviews by Maryam PhilpottLeave a Comment

The revival of Alan Bennett’s 1991 classic The Madness of King George III at Nottingham Playhouse couldn’t then be more relevant, a play that speaks to our interest in the people who govern us as well as concerns about fitness to rule, mental health and its treatment.

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‘A masterclass for fearlessly funny women’: THE FANTASTIC FOLLIES OF MRS RICH – Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon ★★★★

In Opinion, Plays, Regional theatre, Reviews by Libby PurvesLeave a Comment

The RSC’s artistic director Gregory Doran has a kindly sense of balance, so the dourly modern, blokey, bleak and inevitably joyless Macbeth just down the corridor is offset by The Fantastic Follies of Mrs Rich, a merry bit of Restoration fluff and female scorn, by the largely forgotten 17the century writer Mary Pix. Good move, Mr D.

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A PACIFIST’S GUIDE TO THE WAR ON CANCER – National Theatre

In London theatre, Musicals, Opinion, Reviews, Touring by Ian FosterLeave a Comment

A musical about cancer? As unlikely as it might seem, A Pacifist’s Guide To The War On Cancer isn’t even the first one that I’ve seen. That dubious honour goes to Happy Ending, one of the most misjudged shows I saw last year, but fortunately this Complicite and National Theatre co-production in association with HOME Manchester rejoices in a much stronger pedigree.