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Alfred Hickling

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof review revival honours Williamss original vision

After lead Daragh O'Malley took ill, the director and cast stepped in to fill Big Daddy's immense shoes with an illuminating production.

Mr Mac and Me by Esther Freud review meeting Charles Rennie Mackintosh

An oblique portrait of the Scottish architect and designer's retreat to the Suffolk coast during the first world war.

Sherlock Holmes: A Working Hypothesis review extended charades are too elementary

The audience put their detective skills to use in an interactive show that reunites BFFs Holmes and Watson.

Seeing the Lights review well-observed comedy about caring for elderly relatives

Theatre-by-the-Lake, KeswickBrendan Murray's play succeeds because he has an acute and compassionate understanding of families Continue reading...

The Winterling review more Pinteresque than Pinter himself

Jez Butterworth followed the advice of his hero in writing this curio, which is ultimately just a step on the road to Jerusalem.

Beastings by Benjamin Myer review austere and brilliantly shocking

This chase across wildest Cumbria is as gruesome as it is compellingBenjamin Myers was the winner of the 2013 Northern Writers' award, though it is worth noting that he only became a "northern writer" by default. Born in Durham, Myers headed south to spen

O'Hooley and Tidow: Getting to the heart of the hum

Their album pays homage to a West Yorkshire village and its industrial soul, but, Belinda OHooley and Heidi Tidow tell Alfred Hickling, the weirdest thing about their unique take on folk music is the piano parts.

O'Hooley and Tidow: Getting to the heart of the hum

Their album pays homage to a West Yorkshire village and its industrial soul, but, Belinda OHooley and Heidi Tidow tell Alfred Hickling, the weirdest thing about their unique take on folk music is the piano parts.

The Secret Garden review ingenious design in an alfresco setting

Grosvenor Park Open Air theatre, ChesterKate Saxon's adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett's novel boasts heart, charm and a thoroughly convincing cast Continue reading...

The Boy Who Fell Into a Book review an engrossingly surreal spectacle

The musical version of Alan Ayckbourn's play for young people is an ideal introduction to the pleasures of reading and the power of the theatre.