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‘Breathing new life into a classic’: DEATH OF A SALESMAN – Young Vic

In London theatre, Plays, Regional theatre, Reviews by Emily GarsideLeave a Comment

For anyone who has been under a rock for the last couple of years in London theatre, this stripping back to the essence of a classic is one of Marianne Elliott’s (many) talents. And here with Death of a Salesman, with co-director Miranda Cromwell, the play is written again from the ground up. Without changing a word.

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‘It’s more than enough that this eye-opening production exists at all’: DEATH OF A SALESMAN – Young Vic

In London theatre, Opinion, Plays, Reviews, Sticky by Maryam PhilpottLeave a Comment

It’s Marianne Elliott’s impressionistic approach that yields considerable insight into the themes of Death of a Salesman, the characters’ attachment to material possessions as indicators of success, and most especially to the physical home that contains their family history, which they have spent decades slowly paying-off.

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‘It’s definitely a quirkiness that sets this show apart’: CAROLINE, OR CHANGE – West End ★★★★

In London theatre, Musicals, Opinion, Reviews, Ticket recommendations by Debbie GilpinLeave a Comment

Following not one, but two recent acclaimed runs (first at Chichester’s Minerva Theatre in 2017, followed by a limited engagement at Hampstead Theatre earlier this year), Michael Longhurst’s production of Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori’s musical Caroline, or Change now makes its mark on London’s West End, taking up residence at the Playhouse Theatre until next spring.

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‘It never quite unites as tidily & explosively as it promises to do’: CAROLINE, OR CHANGE – West End

In London theatre, Musicals, Opinion, Reviews, Sticky, Ticket recommendations by Maryam PhilpottLeave a Comment

Caroline or Change has a lot going for it and three potentially interesting plot lines that should fully engage, yet it never quite unites as tidily and explosively as it promises to do, the wackier aspects serving to alienate rather than enhance the rest of the story.