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Ross – Chichester Festival Theatre

Ross at Chichester Festival Theatre

Writer: Terence Rattigan Director: Adrian Noble Reviewer: Bill Avenell Sometimes you go to the theatre to see an actor at the top of his game; there is one playing Ross at Chichester at the moment. Sometimes you go to see a talented cast combining to produce an all-round team performance; there is just such an opportunity in Chichester’s production of ...

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The 39 Steps – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Rob Whitcomb as Man 1, Andrew Hodges as Man 2 and Richard Ede as Richard Hannay in The 39 Steps

Writer: John Buchan Adaptor: Patrick Barlow Director: Maria Aitken Reviewer: Ann Bawtree Advertised as Alfred Hitchcock’s classic thriller, The 39 Steps, what is on the stage of the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre would be more accurately described as a derivation from John Buchan’s novel of the same name. A “shocker” as he himself described it. This first appeared in serial form ...

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Guys and Dolls – The Mayflower, Southampton

Singing gansters in a dance routine

Director: Gordon Greenberg Writer: Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows (based on the story and characters of Damon Runyon) Music and Lyrics: Frank Loesser Choreography: Carlos Acosta and Andrew Wright Reviewer: Sharon MacDonald-Armitage   There is always a real buzz when a musical from the Golden Age of Hollywood is taken out, dusted down and given a new lease of life ...

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Untold Stories – The Watermill Theatre, Newbury

Writer: Alan Bennett Director:Tom Attenborough Reviewer: Mary Scriven   Alan Bennett is undoubtedly one of Britain’s favourite writers, regarded by many as one of our best- loved National Treasures, and Untold Stories, now playing at The Watermill , as its title conveys, gives an entertaining means of getting to know him better. Untold Stories comprises two short plays, and the ...

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Mummy – The Star Inn, Guildford

Mummy Or The Art of Saying Goodbye

Writer and performer: Amy Gwillian Director: Sophie Larsmon Reviewer: Amy Blumsom As a publicity stunt for the local papers, anthropologist Dr Elizabeth Nicholl returns to her secondary school for the launch of her first book — on death. In a twist of coincidence, she is delivering a talk to students in the very school hall where she was informed of ...

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Bad Jews – Yvonne Arnaud, Guildford

Bad Jews Production image

Writer: Josh Harmon Director: Michael Longhurst Reviewer: Bill Avenell This is undoubtedly a clever play based around the old plot line of grieving, some more than others, relatives gathering after the funeral of a much-loved grandfather and squabbling over the disposition of the prized family heirloom. The twist in this case is that the family is Jewish and the heirloom ...

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The Father – Theatre Royal, Brighton

Kenneth Cranham and Amanda Drew

Writer: Florian Zeller Translator: Christopher Hampton Director: James Macdonald Reviewer: Michael Hootman On paper Florian Zeller’s play sounds dull, worthy, and perhaps a little depressing: over the course of ninety minutes we see a man slowly lose his mind to dementia. It’s testament to the strength of the writing, and Kenneth Cranham’s truly heroic performance, that The Father is an ...

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Travels With My Aunt – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Man walking on beach

Writer: Graham Greene adapted by Giles Havergal Director: Amanda Knott Reviewer: Bill Avenell Giles Havergal’s stage adaptation of Graham Greene’s amusing book is undoubtedly clever. Four actors, play a variation of characters at different times regardless of sex, with only the help of the odd hat or pair of glasses to distinguish between them, and create a world from London ...

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