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What a Weekend in the West End!

Theatre has always been used to initiate conversation, debate and thought. Reflecting its contemporary society, the theatre has been a place for writers and artists to explore themes affecting the outside world and, through the medium of live performance, seek to find reason and understanding.

I’m sure that you’ve been hearing murmurs about the world premiere of Girl from the North Country, the engaging new piece from esteemed playwright Conor McPherson featuring classic songs from Bob Dylan, but what is it all about?

Roald Dahl’s writing created a world of wonder and fun, a place where children were important and some adults reprehensible. His world is filled with awe and adventure and is a place many of us would desire to visit. Thanks to the enduring appeal of Tim Minchin’s collaboration with the RSC, we can.

It is quite a feat to hold a premiere of a play, some 40 years after the playwright has passed. Alongside the fact two texts (Less than Kind and the rewritten version of Love in Idleness) had been combined, I was looking forward to what the night had to offer. A stellar cast is presented to the audience, Anthony Head together with Eve Best are the best-placed actors for this, at times long, play.

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