Clare Brennan

Reviews theatre throughout the UK for The Observer

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Mother Courage and Her Children review – shockingly contemporary
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Mother Courage and Her Children review – shockingly contemporary
October, 14 2018
Rebus: Long Shadows review – Rankin’s dour detective takes to the stage
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Rebus: Long Shadows review – Rankin’s dour detective takes to the stage
September, 30 2018
Steel review – sisters beaten by the system
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Steel review – sisters beaten by the system
September, 23 2018
Better Off Dead review – an elegy for the written off
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Better Off Dead review – an elegy for the written off
September, 16 2018
The Habit of Art review – Alan Bennett’s profound play within a play
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The Habit of Art review – Alan Bennett’s profound play within a play
September, 9 2018
Huff review – into Canada’s heart of darkness
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Huff review – into Canada’s heart of darkness
August, 26 2018
The Approach review – a stunning study of everyday relationships
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The Approach review – a stunning study of everyday relationships
August, 19 2018
Swallows and Amazons review – sadly lacking the magic of the original
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Swallows and Amazons review – sadly lacking the magic of the original
August, 12 2018
Joking Apart review – Ayckbourn’s delicate balance
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Joking Apart review – Ayckbourn’s delicate balance
August, 5 2018
Block review – deconstructing city life with dance and acrobatics
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Block review – deconstructing city life with dance and acrobatics
July, 29 2018
a joyful twist on the classic swashbuckler
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a joyful twist on the classic swashbuckler
July, 22 2018
Astley’s Astounding Adventures review – the first circus reimagined
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Astley’s Astounding Adventures review – the first circus reimagined
July, 15 2018
The Reason I Jump review – a revelatory insight into autism
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The Reason I Jump review – a revelatory insight into autism
June, 17 2018
Summer Holiday review – a joyous interchange of stage and coach
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Summer Holiday review – a joyous interchange of stage and coach
June, 10 2018
Happy Days review – a pragmatic rejig
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Happy Days review – a pragmatic rejig
June, 3 2018
Othello review – a contemporary conundrum
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Othello review – a contemporary conundrum
May, 6 2018
The Big Corner review – universal tales of Bolton life
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The Big Corner review – universal tales of Bolton life
April, 29 2018
Tremor review – an aftershock not fully realised
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Tremor review – an aftershock not fully realised
April, 22 2018
Hard Times review – Dickens goes to the circus
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Hard Times review – Dickens goes to the circus
April, 15 2018
The Damned United review – Brian Clough drama is a game of two halves
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The Damned United review – Brian Clough drama is a game of two halves
April, 8 2018
Votes for Women review – vintage suffrage play with topical weight
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Votes for Women review – vintage suffrage play with topical weight
March, 18 2018
Circle Mirror Transformation review – naturalism without the social context
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Circle Mirror Transformation review – naturalism without the social context
March, 10 2018
The Shadow Factory review – Southampton’s wartime spirit
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The Shadow Factory review – Southampton’s wartime spirit
March, 4 2018
Dead and Breathing review – tense question of life or death
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Dead and Breathing review – tense question of life or death
February, 18 2018
Dublin Carol review – an undertaker battles with the bottle
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Dublin Carol review – an undertaker battles with the bottle
February, 11 2018
Bold Girls review – a woman’s hard-hitting view of the Troubles
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Bold Girls review – a woman’s hard-hitting view of the Troubles
February, 4 2018
Black Men Walking review – compelling study of identity
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Black Men Walking review – compelling study of identity
January, 28 2018
A Passage to India review – committed but stilted
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A Passage to India review – committed but stilted
January, 21 2018
Fauna review – a mixed-bag menagerie
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Fauna review – a mixed-bag menagerie
January, 14 2018
The Secret Seven review – seven go north
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The Secret Seven review – seven go north
December, 31 2017
The Wizard of Oz review – follow this yellow brick road
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The Wizard of Oz review – follow this yellow brick road
December, 17 2017
Guys and Dolls review – larger than life, but with a core of grit
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Guys and Dolls review – larger than life, but with a core of grit
December, 10 2017
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe review – full-spectrum winter spectacle
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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe review – full-spectrum winter spectacle
December, 10 2017
The Arabian Nights review – a thing of wonder
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The Arabian Nights review – a thing of wonder
December, 3 2017
A Christmas Carol review – top-quality humbug
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A Christmas Carol review – top-quality humbug
November, 26 2017
We are the Lions, Mr Manager review – powerful tale of workers’ rights
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We are the Lions, Mr Manager review – powerful tale of workers’ rights
November, 19 2017
The Last Testament of Lillian Bilocca review – Maxine Peake’s tribute to Hull’s headscarf revolutionaries
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The Last Testament of Lillian Bilocca review – Maxine Peake’s tribute to Hull’s headscarf revolutionaries
November, 12 2017
Under Milk Wood review – sure-footed shapeshifting
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Under Milk Wood review – sure-footed shapeshifting
November, 5 2017
The Cherry Orchard review – all change for Chekhov
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The Cherry Orchard review – all change for Chekhov
October, 22 2017
Dirty Laundry review – dark truths unearthed in the Potteries
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Dirty Laundry review – dark truths unearthed in the Potteries
October, 15 2017
(the fall of) The Master Builder review – knock it down and start again…
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(the fall of) The Master Builder review – knock it down and start again…
October, 8 2017
Flood review – a sadly submerged parable
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Flood review – a sadly submerged parable
October, 1 2017
For Love or Money review – a rich whirligig of pleasure
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For Love or Money review – a rich whirligig of pleasure
September, 24 2017
Faithful Ruslan: The Story of a Guard Dog review – a haunting experience
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Faithful Ruslan: The Story of a Guard Dog review – a haunting experience
September, 17 2017
The Suitcase review – despair and discrimination in 50s South Africa
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The Suitcase review – despair and discrimination in 50s South Africa
September, 10 2017
Taking Steps review – Alan Ayckbourn’s farce is a tour de force
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Taking Steps review – Alan Ayckbourn’s farce is a tour de force
September, 3 2017
Loot review – the farce is strong with this one
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Loot review – the farce is strong with this one
September, 3 2017
Remarkable Invisible review – an out-of-sorts family reunion
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Remarkable Invisible review – an out-of-sorts family reunion
September, 3 2017
Looking at Lucian review – more a sketch of the artist
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Looking at Lucian review – more a sketch of the artist
August, 20 2017
Edinburgh theatre review – a world without borders, almost
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Edinburgh theatre review – a world without borders, almost
August, 13 2017
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