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REASONS TO BE HAPPY – Hampstead Theatre

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I had almost forgotten seeing the first in this Neil LaBute trilogy – Reasons to be Pretty – until the looming, hapless figure of Tom Burke as Greg had rambled defensively through his first anxious exchanges with the two women in his life. For Burke played the same big, amiable hunk in the Almeida’s production (directed, like this one, by Michael Attenborough and designed by Soutra Gilmour round a similar giant fold-out crate).

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PHOTOS: Rehearsal shots for Reasons to Be Happy at Hampstead Theatre

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New rehearsal images have been released for the UK premiere of Neil LaBute’s Reasons to be Happy , running at the Hampstead Theatre from the 17th March to the 16th April.  Rehearsals have begun for the UK premiere of Neil LaBute’s new romantic comedy Reasons to be Happy, opening at the Hampstead Theatre on the 17th […]

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NEWS: Hampstead premieres Neil LaBute’s Reasons to Happy, Attenborough directs

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Hampstead Theatre presents the UK premiere of Neil LaBute’s romantic comedy Reasons to be Happy, directed by Michael Attenborough. Reasons to be Happy follows the lives and loves of four friends as they desperately search for that most elusive goal in life: happiness. The play is a companion piece to Reasons to be Pretty, which was also directed by Michael Attenborough in 2011 when he was Artistic Director of the Almeida.

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13 thoughts On Freedom: Belarus Free Theatre marks ten years by Staging a Revolution

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Belarus Free Theatre (BFT), the underground theatre group routinely censored and persecuted in its state-controlled homeland, is celebrating its tenth birthday this month. Founded by human rights activist husband-and-wife Nikolai Khalezin and Natalie Koliada, joined by director Vladimir Shcherban, BFT’s inaugural production in May 2005 was Sarah Kane’s 4.48 Psychosis, which tackles Belarusian taboo subjects […]

SOMEONE WHO’LL WATCH OVER ME – Chichester Festival Theatre

In London theatre, Plays, Reviews by Caroline Hanks-FarmerLeave a Comment

This harrowing story written by Frank McGuinness tells the tale of three men taken hostage in the Lebanon. Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me first premiered in 1992 and took the theatre world by storm. Inspired by the hostage situations in the late 1980’s particularly those of Brian Keenan and John McCarthy the captives in the story are all invented by McGuinness. Michael Attenborough expertly directs this strong, often hard to watch, powerful play. Set in a cell in Beirut it tells of how these hostages get through this ordeal. Designed by Robert Jones the set is extremely creative giving you the claustrophobic feeling although sat in the open space of the auditorium. A single square with thin mats to sleep on, chained by their feet. Overhead we see pipes all seemingly filthy dirty and just a Koran and Bible to keep them company with no external contact to the outside world.