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Gutted – The Marlowe Studio, Canterbury

Writer: Sharon Byrne Director: Nicola Samer Reviewer: Amy Jane Smith Sharon Byrne takes us back to 1980s Dublin in new play Gutted, where a fish factory floor becomes the stage for three women’s stories of one life-changing night. Through alternating monologues, we experience the lives of Deirdre (Rose O’Loughlin), Dolores (Nancy Sullivan) and Breda (Lucia Mcanespie) – workers and women united ...

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A Place Called Happiness – Marlborough Theatre, Brighton

Writer: Debs Gatenby - Created in collaboration with Mark Whitelaw and Ashley Knowles Reviewer: Simon Topping  Debs Gatenby’s one woman story about the attempt to recapture happiness from the clutches of an increasingly sofa based life is intentionally and charmingly shambolic from the moment she bumbles onto the stage dressed in a futuristic military onesie. We are taken on an ...

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NEWS: Record breaking number of shows announced for Brighton Fringe

A record breaking 970 shows have been announced today [22 February 2017] for this year’s Brighton Fringe festival, which runs across Brighton and Hove from 5 May to 4 June 2017. The month-long festival, England’s largest open access arts festival, will also see more than 300 world premieres and over 100 international shows perform. Theatre highlights including the return to ...

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The Red Shoes– Theatre Royal, Norwich

Director/ Choreographer: Matthew Bourne Reviewer: Lu Greer Following the running theme of the last few years, yet another much-loved classic is getting a reboot, this time in the form of Powell and Pressburger's 1948 classic The Red Shoes. While perhaps not as well- known as the litany of other classic film being re-imagined in one way or another, Matthew Bourne ...

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The Bear – Bristol Old Vic, Bristol

 Director: Emma Earle &Hal Chambers Reviewer: Bethan Highgate-Betts After their recent success with Father Christmas, Pins and Needles Productions bring their take on another Raymond Briggs classic to Bristol Old Vic Theatre and it does not disappoint. From catchy songs to magical puppetry The Bear has it all as it leaps from page to stage. The Bear follows the story of Tilly, played by Lily ...

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The Remains of Tom Lehrer – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Music and Lyrics: Tom Lehrer Adaptor and performer: Adam Kay Reviewer: Glen Pearce There’s a fine line to tread when producing a show based on a much-loved performer. Fans will already know every detail about the performer's life and back catalogue and will want to revel in the nostalgia without being weighed down with facts they already know. Newcomers to ...

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The Complete Deaths – Festival Theatre, Chichester

Clowning troupe Spymonkey in The Complete Deaths

Adapter/Director: Tim Crouch Designer: Lucy Bradridge Composer:  Toby Park  Reviewer: Bill Avenell It all depends on your point of view. If silliness, clever ideas, slapstick, a bit of puerile humour and generally no sense of anything deep and meaningful leads to a good night out then The Complete Deaths is for you. If it is important to have a purpose ...

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The Full Monty – Orchard Theatre, Dartford

2016 UK Tour of The Full Monty

Writer: Simon Beaufoy Director: Jack Ryder Reviewer: Dan English   Baring all, except for a modest hat, to earn some quick cash, six northerners enter the world of male stripping in this riotous new tour of The Full Monty. Times have fallen hard in Thatcher’s Britain, nowhere more so than in the steelworks of the north, where Gaz (Gary Lucy) ...

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