JUNO AND THE PAYCOCK at the Bristol Old Vic

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“…Niamh Cusack literally and metaphorically rolls her sleeves up as the embodiment of long-suffering Irish womanhood in a role which comfortably extends her range well beyond that with which her TV audience will be familiar. Her final cri de coeur as a bereaved mother is one that has sadly echoed down the ages, but for all that retains its power to move.”

Preview of SECRET THEATRE at the Oxford Playhouse

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2nd – 13th September.

Throughout two weeks, Secret Theatre sees five different shows performed by 20 artists on the main stage, back stage, in the Burton Taylor Studio and in a secret off-site location. The titles and authors will be kept a secret, creating a genuine surprise and an intriguing chance to discover something new.

ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS at Bath Theatre Royal

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“Throughout, this slick standout NT ensemble relentlessly engages the laughter button with risqué one-liners, and a naughty postcard attitude to tits, bums and other unmentionables so deeply ingrained in the British sense of humour. All were outstanding, but in particular Alicia Davies’ depiction of the spiky but vulnerable Rachel Crabbe caught the eye.”

NEW JERSEY NIGHTS at the Everyman, Cheltenham

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During the heady days of the sixties, when British bands dominated the charts, there was only one American band, apart from the Beach Boys, that could give the Beatles and the Stones a run for their money – the Four Seasons. Nevertheless, the Four Seasons, with their distinctive lead singer Frankie Valli, were a bit of an anachronism.

Preview of RUDY’S RARE RECORDS at Birmingham Rep

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4th – 20th September. Birmingham Repertory Theatre Company and Hackney Empire present RUDY’S RARE RECORDS by Danny Robins Dramaturg and co-creator Lenny Henry Directed by Paulette Randall. Based on the successful BBC Radio 4 series, written by Danny Robins and which Henry co-created as well…

Preview of KEEP THE HOME FIRES BURNING at the Alma, Bristol

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USING real accounts of women who lived through the war, punctuated beautifully with some of the most enduring music and songs from the period, Guildford-based Apollo Theatre Company present Keep the Home Fires Burning.

The history books are full of the brave exploits of the nearly six million British soldiers who served in World War II. But what of the women they left behind?