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NEWS: The Wardrobe Ensemble follows Education in the West End with Pelican Daughters in Edinburgh

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After they make their West End debut with the transfer of 1990s-set Education Education Education, award-winning company The Wardrobe Ensemble conclude this summer with a return to the Edinburgh Fringe and their brand-new, contemporary tale The Last of the Pelican Daughters.

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GASLIGHT – Northampton

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★★★ James Dacre’s leadership of this twin theatre is certainly lively: a dark Oklahoma, King John in Magna Carta year, Arthur Miller’s forgotten The Hook (cheekily, since then Radio 4 has been claiming the “first” production). Add a powerful Brave New World, and now to ring the changes, a preposterously melodramatic, delightfully nasty neo-Victorian melodrama by Patrick Hamilton.

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Theatre Diary: Only Forever, Brave New World and See What I Wanna See

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Off-West End, out of town and out of this world. I’ve seen a few shows recently that have left me feeling distinctly disquieted… for their visions of the future, their distortions of the past and potential armageddons. As usual, I’ve listed productions in closing date order, and the first on the list, Only Forever, finishes […]

BRAVE NEW WORLD – Northampton and touring

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Hot on the heels of Headlong’s obliquely brilliant treatment of 1984 comes a rival dystopia: Aldous Huxley wrote Brave New World in 1931, eighteen years before Orwell and before the second war: the comparison is fascinating. Orwell saw ordinary people, recognizable but crushed by brutality and surveillance, thoughtcrime punished and history denied by violence. Its science is basic – telescreens, shredded newsprint and photos.