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Close the Coalhouse Door – Oxford Playhouse

Writer: Alan Plater with additional material by Lee Hall, based on stories by Sid Chaplin Music: Alex Glasgow Director: Samuel West Reviewer: Mary Tapper [Rating:4.5] A history lesson, a comedy, a drama, a musical, a damning political statement – Close the Coalhouse Door is all of these things and more. Add in to the mixture a completely barmy sense of ...

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Dead Ringer – Derby Theatre

Writer: Charles Ross Director: Andrew Lynford Reviewer: Angela Wilson [rating:3] This week’s visiting production at Derby Theatre is Dead Ringer, a comedy thriller set at the heart of the British political establishment in the 1990s. It’s the eve of a general election but when charismatic Prime Minister Randolph Bolton drops dead from what appears to be a heart attack his ...

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The Merry Wives of Windsor – Guildford Castle Grounds, Guildford

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Caroline Devlin Reviewer: Jane Pink [rating: 5]   It is June 1953, the morning of the coronation of a new queen, and in a suburban house New Elizabethans go about their domestic business. But, in the tradition of all good farce and situation comedy, things are destined to become more complicated. Ambitious parents aided by the ...

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Gap Year – Tristan Bates Theatre, London

Writer: Chloe Ward Reviewer: Jonathan Grant [rating:2.5] Gap Year is Chloe Ward's first solo show. Combining video recordings with a smattering of live music, her repartee takes us through a gap year she is keen to forget. A year that had been spent un-glamorously on these shores, in contrast to the world-beating backpacking trips typically undertaken by her peers. Her ...

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The cemetary Club – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Writer: Ivan Menchell Director: Andrew Lynford Reviewer: Michael Gray [rating:3] This comedy drama, first seen some twenty years ago on Broadway, tells the tale of three Jewish widows, who meet each month, chat over tea, then head for the cemetary to commune with their late hubbies. It's a piece still popular with amateur groups, or, as here, as a Golden ...

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Craig Campbell – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Tracey Lowe [rating:4] Craig Campbell was brought to the attention of comedy lovers by the channel widely known for its repeats, Dave, when he featured on a one-off special headlined by Chris Addison. He has also featured on the extremely successful Russell Howard’s Good News on BBC3. Clearly enough people saw these performances and embraced him, as the Lowry ...

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Doris Day Can F–k off – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Greg McLaren Reviewer: Dave Cunningham [Rating:3] Once upon a time Greg McLaren set out to see whether, if he sang the words he would normally speak, other people would respond in kind. As Greg used a concealed microphone to record their responses the premise of the show sounds like it might work better as a TV documentary or real-life ...

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Birds of a Feather– Theatre Royal, Norwich

Writer: Gary Lawson, John Phelps, Laurence Marks, Maurice Gran Director: Simon James Green Reviewer: Lu Greer [rating:3.0]   The Birds of a Feather show, as most people will know, has been adapted from the 90s sitcom of the same name and revolves around the lives of sister’s Tracey (Linda Robson) and Sharon (Pauline Quirke), and their sex mad neighbour Dorien ...

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