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Author: Stephen Longstaffe

Theatre Review: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre, York

July 7, 2018 Comments Off on Theatre Review: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre, York

The German traveller Paul Henzner, visiting London just before Shakespeare’s Globe opened, counted ‘above thirty’ heads of traitors on spikes on gate at the south end of London Bridge.

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Chester Mystery Plays 2018, Mark Carline

Review: Chester Mystery Plays, Chester Cathedral

July 2, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Chester Mystery Plays, Chester Cathedral

Most of the surviving mystery plays come from the North.

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Long Day's Journey into Night, HOME, Manchester

Review: Long Day’s Journey into Night, HOME, Manchester

May 21, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Long Day’s Journey into Night, HOME, Manchester

It’s now a cliché that each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.

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Review: Mary Shelley – The Girl Who Wrote Frankenstein, Wordsworth Museum, Grasmere

May 14, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Mary Shelley – The Girl Who Wrote Frankenstein, Wordsworth Museum, Grasmere

Her mother, the pioneer radical and feminist Mary Wollstonecraft, died after giving birth to her and young Mary Godwin grew up having to pass the room she died in every day.

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Review: Hard Times, The Dukes, Lancaster

March 1, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Hard Times, The Dukes, Lancaster

It’s hard to imagine a Dickens novel as a stage play.

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Lancaster is the best place ever because…

December 6, 2017 Comments Off on Lancaster is the best place ever because…

…I grew up in a suburb.

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Review: Simon Schama, Manchester Literature Festival

October 27, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Simon Schama, Manchester Literature Festival

Simon Schama is the kind of historian I want to be when I grow up.

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Review: Clown Fest, Manchester

August 1, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Clown Fest, Manchester

Before I went to Clown Fest I thought there were two kinds of clown: kiddy clowns and scary clowns.

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John(Mark Springer) and Winston(Edward Dede) share a joke in The Island which runs at The Dukes from April 28-May 6

Theatre Review: The Island, The Dukes, Lancaster

May 1, 2017 Comments Off on Theatre Review: The Island, The Dukes, Lancaster

The origins of The Dukes’ latest two-hander production of The Island are legendary.

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Ashes, The Octagon Theatre, image by Jonathan Keenan

Review: Ashes, Bolton Octagon

March 1, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Ashes, Bolton Octagon

One look at Ciaran Bagnall’s marvellously monumental set and we’re back in the 1970s, a world of white surfaces, chrome, and chunky design.

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