Reviews

Effie’s Burning

In the early ’nineties, I saw a band called the Manic Street Preachers on one of their early tours supporting their first album. They played for little more than an hour, then left the stage: such was their thing. No…
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The Caretaker

Harold Pinter’s classic has been given a reboot for the modern age and you would not believe that the first performance was first presented in April 1960 from the edgy and classy relevance which Christopher Haydon and his team at…
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The Hen Night Epiphany

Every now and then, a stage production comes along that really grabs you by the throat to leave a lasting impression, and this was one of those occasions. It was all the more impressive because Encore! is still a fledgling…
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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Based on the film, this ingeniously written musical is peppered with good tunes and, with some lively flowing choreography by Ema Carpenter, transports the audience to the South of France. Paul Warne’s solid direction is slightly impeded by a very…
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Edge of Darkness

When I saw the title of this play, my mind went back to the BBC’s excellent, 1985 gritty political thriller of the same name featuring the late Bob Peck and Joe Don Baker, but this drab, formulaic drama by Brian…
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No Sex, Please – We’re British

This crowd-pleaser by Anthony Marriott and Alistair Foot played for over 6000 performances in its heyday of the early 1970s: a less pc world in which ‘Carry on’ and Benny Hill styles of titillation were far more acceptable and deemed…
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