A UK review in [exactly] 250 words: “Jane Eyre” at Watermill Theatre

A UK review in [exactly] 250 words: “Jane Eyre” at Watermill Theatre

“Jane Eyre” is well-acted by a cast of only three. The title role is played by Rebecca Tebbett, whose performance is suitably grounded and down-to-earth, whilst still being immensely likable. Wreh-Asha Walton and Alex Wilson play all of the remaining characters, which is quite a feat. They switch between the roles deftly, and perform all of them with great conviction.

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A U.K. Review in Exactly 250 Words: "Trial by Laughter" at the Watermill Theatre

A U.K. Review in Exactly 250 Words: "Trial by Laughter" at the Watermill Theatre

Trial by Laughter, playing at Newbury's Watermill Theatre, is a witty and enjoyable play – albeit less remarkable than some of the Watermill's previous productions. This play is entirely what you would expect from a comedy by creators Ian Hislop and Nick Newman (respectively editor and cartoonist for Private Eye). Trial by Laughter doesn't just indulge in satire, it relies on it.

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A U.K. Review in [exactly] 250 Words: "Eris" at London’s Bunker Theatre

A U.K. Review in [exactly] 250 Words: "Eris" at London’s Bunker Theatre

Currently playing at London’s Bunker Theatre, Eris follows the story of Seán (Cormac Elliot), as he tries to find the most disruptive boyfriend possible to bring to a family wedding. As he struggles to move on from his last relationship, relying on the help of his friend Callista (Ashling O’Shea), Seán confronts family, prejudice … and Tinder.

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A U.K. Review in [exactly] 250 Words: "Square Rounds"

A U.K. Review in [exactly] 250 Words: "Square Rounds"

Currently playing at London’s Finborough Theatre, Square Rounds is a clever, quirky play which is for the most part very enjoyable. The first act is a lot stronger than the second, changing with more ease between the comedic and the sinister elements of the show. The second act, conversely, seems bogged down with the historic details of this story’s more tragic elements, and some of the show’s character is lost towards the end.

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A UK Review in [exactly] 250 Words: "Sweet Charity" at the Watermill Theatre

A UK Review in [exactly] 250 Words: "Sweet Charity" at the Watermill Theatre

Sweet Charity, currently playing at Newbury's Watermill Theatre, is a fun, immersive and completely unique production. Performed by a very strong cast of thirteen actor-musicians, this show will draw you in, make you laugh, and surprise you more than once.

Sweet Charity is not at all what you would expect from a 1966 musical. The Watermill Theatre's production of this classic feels fresh and new, and draws out relevant, topical themes (particularly gender equality), whilst maintaining a fantastically fun, jazzy and mischievous vibe.

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A U.K. Review in [exactly] 250 Words: "Jerusalem" at the Watermill Theatre

A U.K. Review in [exactly] 250 Words: "Jerusalem" at the Watermill Theatre

Jerusalem, currently playing at Newbury's Watermill Theatre, is a fantastic and unique production. This is no surprise, when you consider that it was written by Jez Butterworth (whose incredible play The Ferryman has just closed in the West End). Jerusalem is darkly comic, well layered, and razor-sharp.

Jerusalem spends almost two and a half hours making you laugh, and then sobers you up in the space of a minute. Tension within this production is created deftly, and the comedic elements of the play toy with this, at times balancing it out, and at times accentuating it. The resulting atmosphere is very effective.

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A U.K. Review in [exactly] 250 Words: "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at the Watermill Theatre

A U.K. Review in [exactly] 250 Words: "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at the Watermill Theatre

You don't have to be a 'Shakespeare person' to love the Watermill Theatre's current production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. In this original, energetic, and hilarious production, the Watermill Theatre has taken a play which has been performed countless times, and made it into something which feels new.

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A UK Review In [Exactly] 250 Words: "Burke and Hare" at the Watermill Theatre

A UK Review In [Exactly] 250 Words: "Burke and Hare" at the Watermill Theatre

Ton Wentworth's new version of the story of Burke and Hare is sharp and witty, and acted out by a cast of only three, all of whom cause a great level of comic chaos by darting between multiple roles … and many accents. Like many productions at The Watermill, Burke and Hare has the edge of something that's just a bit different.

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'A U.K. Review In [Exactly] 250 Words: "The Rivals, at the Watermill Theatre

'A U.K. Review In [Exactly] 250 Words: "The Rivals, at the Watermill Theatre

The Rivals, currently playing at Newbury's Watermill Theatre, is an easy-to-watch, light and enjoyable comedy. Set in Bath in 1775, The Rivals follows the story of Lydia Languish, who falls in love with one young man (Beverly), and rejects another (Captain Absolute) … without realising that they are, in fact, the same person. Cue a whole heap of mistaken identity.

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