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Win tickets to see How The Other Half Loves at Duke of York’s Theatre

This is your chance to win a pair of tickets to see How The Other Half Loves, at the Duke of York’s Theatre. To enter simply retweet one of our How The Other Half Loves competition tweets before 5pm on 24th July 2016 AND tell us who’s your nightmare dinner party guest.   How The Other Half Loves Duke of York’s Theatre Following huge public and critical acclaim since it opened in March, Alan Ayckbourn’s hilarious tale of matrimonial mishaps, How The ...

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GamePlan, Hen and Chickens Theatre

Alan Ayckbourn Directed by Lucy Bull ★★ Pros: A really enjoyable performance by Nicola Bland brings life to this performance of Ayckbourn’s black comedy. There is some clever use of the simple set. Cons: There is a lack of comic timing, the laughs are sporadic and the action can be a little forced. Some weak performances leave the production feeling flat. Our Verdict: Black comedy relies on crisp delivery of one liners, puns and visual humour to bring enjoyable laughs ...

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Surprises, Watford Palace Theatre

Written and directed by Alan Ayckbourn★★★ Pros: Strong performances, engaging characters and some good old-fashioned human drama played out in an unusual setting. Cons: The show attempts to ask, but then fails to address, questions about the future of mankind in the setting of technological development, which leaves you asking why Ayckbourn felt the need to set it when he did. Our Verdict: A talented cast fill this play with interesting characters and some fascinating drama unfurls. Shame about the ...

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A Chorus of Disapproval, Harold Pinter Theatre

Alan AyckbournDirected by Trevor Nunn★★★ Pros: What could be described as a dream line up of talent. Cons: Underdeveloped plot ideas lead to a weird combination of humour and cruelty which don’t mix well. Our Verdict: A bit of a disappointment, I expected more from such strong actors and I think the script and (dare I say it?!) the direction let it down. Courtesy of Catherine Ashmore for The Guardian It’s a tricky thing, press night. The auditorium is filled ...

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Absent Friends, Harold Pinter Theatre

Alan Ayckbourn Directed by Jeremy Herrin  ★★ Pros: A good performance by Kara Tointon, some occasionally amusing moments. Cons: A frankly dull script, lacked pace and energy and without any sparkling performances. Our Verdict: Not the best we’ve seen, can’t recommend spending money on seeing it. Courtesy of Simon Annand It has always been our intention to publish reviews that are straightforward and unpretentious. We’re not experts; we don’t do intense research of the text, director and actors before we ...

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