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Clare Brennan

Thérèse Raquin review Pippa Nixon is a compelling presence

Theatre Royal, BathA fine cast rescues a melodramatic new adaptation of Thérèse Raquin Continue reading...

Bad Jews review a gripping inheritance drama

An emotional struggle between three cousins has more to it than meets the eye.

The Boy Who Fell Into a Book review a knockout mix

Alan Ayckbourn's tale of fiction coming to life makes an inspiring leap from page to stage.

Hansel and Gretel review the woods are alive in the Dukes' annual al fresco show

Williamson Park, LancasterHilltop, woodland and lake are the perfect setting for Zosia Ward's vivid retelling of multiple fairytalesHansel and Gretel may get top billing at the Dukes' annual outdoor production, but they are not alone. Threaded through the

Hansel and Gretel review the woods are alive in the Dukes' annual alfresco show

Williamson Park, LancasterHilltop, woodland and lake are the perfect setting for Zosia Ward's vivid retelling of multiple fairytalesHansel and Gretel may get top billing at the Dukes' annual outdoor production, but they are not alone. Threaded through the

Seeing the Lights review an emotionally engaging and witty drama

Brendan Murray's tale of family reunion makes dramatic capital from the premise that blood ties are often a mixed blessing.

Moominsummer Madness review Tove Jansson's world brought to life with knee-high puppets

This skilful adaptation of a much-loved children's book happily defies expectations.

Enjoy review Bennett revival lacks punch

West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds Panned on its release in 1980, this comedy of working-class northern life remains unconvincing Alan Bennett's play about a family in an about to be demolished back-to-back street in Leeds flopped in 1980. Its revival , al

Pressure review a multifaceted metaphor

Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh David Haig's play about wartime meteorologists studying the weather for D-day is witty and affecting An enormous chart dominates the makeshift weather centre (design by Colin Richmond). The action takes place over four days in e

Water Babies review a musical adventure that struggles to stay afloat

You wouldn't expect a 21st-century adaptation of a 19th-century moral fable for children to follow the original exactly – and this new musical doesn't (book and lyrics by Guy Jones and Ed Curtis, who also directs).