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‘It’s just all very beautiful’: NOISES OFF – Bath & Touring ★★★★★

In Opinion, Other Recent Articles, Plays, Regional theatre, Reviews, Touring by Libby PurvesLeave a Comment

Millions know it by now, but in case like my enthralled companions last night you aren’t among them, grant me a moment or skip the the penultimate paragraph. Noises Off has been a national treasure since 1982, written by Michael Frayn after realising that the hurtling backstage business of doors, props and actors under stress is funnier than most actual farces. He wrote a squib called EXITS, the great producer Michael Codron encouraged something fuller.

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NEWS: Elizabeth McGovern Robert Lindsay, Amanda Abbington & Tara Fitzgerald line up for Bath Theatre Royal’s summer season

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Jonathan Church, artistic director of Theatre Royal Bath, has announced the theatre’s full 2018 summer season programme. Some of the country’s most prolific actors will star in a selection of both UK premieres and renowned classics in the theatre’s historic Main House and the intimate Ustinov Studio.

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NEWS: Full details are revealed on the Bard’s birthday for the pop-up Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre in York

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Today, on the birthday of William Shakespeare, full details have been announced for Europe’s first ever pop-up Shakespearean Theatre – Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre – which makes its debut in the historic city of York in June. Preparations are well underway for a ground-breaking ‘Summer of Shakespeare’. Highlights include: Directors Lindsay Posner, Damian Cruden and Juliet Forster to lead two companies …

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REVIEW ROUND-UP: The Lie at the Menier Chocolate Factory

In Features, London theatre, Native, Opinion, Plays, Reviews by Emma ClarendonLeave a Comment

Real-life husband and wife Alexander Hanson and Samantha Bond star in Florian Zeller’s The Lie, along with Tony Gardner and Alexandra Gilbreath. The latest from the French wunderkind is once again translated by Christopher Hampton and directed by Lindsay Posner. It runs at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory until 18 November 2017. Love London Love Culture rounds up the reviews.

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BOOK REVIEW: After Anatevka

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Alexandra Silber’s first novel After Anatevka is a carefully crafted study into love and life in Russia in the early twentieth century. Much like Marc Chagall was to paint enchanted images of that era, so too do Silber’s words offer a painstaking picture of a world long since disappeared.

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NEWS: Rose Theatre revives Stephen Bill’s Curtains, Dr Jekyll & Rules for Living

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The Rose Theatre’s new autumn/winter season includes a major revival of Stephen Bill’s 1987 comedy Curtains and co-productions of Sam Holcroft’s Rules for Living, David Edgar’s adaptation of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde starring Phil Daniels and Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing starring Laurence Fox.

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THE TRUTH – West End

In London theatre, Opinion, Plays, Reviews by Jonathan BazLeave a Comment

Florian Zeller is a precocious writing talent. The Truth is his third play to enthral London theatregoers in a year. While the French playwright’s breakthrough import The Father reduced some viewers to tears with its poignant and painful depiction of dementia. The Truth, a modern day farce about lies and adultery, brings tears of laughter.