At the Nottingham Playhouse, Gogol's surreal short-story The Nose (above) takes to the boards with a witty, macabre flair in an incisive adaptation by Alistair Beaton that is definitely not to be sneezed at.Reuse content
The plays of Sharman Macdonald are gradually colonising the British coastline. At the Almeida, The Winter Guest deposits us on an ice-bound shore in western Scotland for a death-haunted "ages of man" mood piece. In The Borders of Paradise at the Palace, Watford, we join a party of adolescent surfers on a summer beach in Devon for a play about growing up. Both productions (by Alan Rickman and Lou Stein respectively) find a beautiful balance between the quirky earthiness and poetic delicacy that characterise Macdonald's work.