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‘One of the most absorbing & significant plays every written’: HAPPY DAYS – Riverside Studios

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Samuel Beckett’s Happy Days is, as Lisa Dwan observes, often described as ‘the female Hamlet’. Dwan has played every other female Beckett lead but even she was intimidated by a role previously inhabited by Peggy Ashcroft, Brenda Bruce, Fiona Shaw and Juliet Stevenson, among others. It is understandable. Happy Days, first performed in 1961, is a mighty play, and 60 years later still unlike anything you’ve seen.

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Review: The Magic Flute (Riverside Studios)

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Anyone who remembers the movie Amadeus will be familiar with Mozart’s debts, ill health, rivalry with Salieri and issues with the Masonic brotherhood which appeared to run Vienna like a Sachertorte-munching mafia and whilst it’s interesting that Kit Hesketh-Harvey’s new production enrobes Magic Flute with these trappings, he doesn’t really take them anywhere and the […]

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