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Fawlty Towers: The Dining Experience, Thistle Hotel, Brighton

Theatre Company: Interactive Theatre International [rating: 5] Being a big fan of the TV series I approached the evening with a slight concern that the cast would have a difficult task ahead of them in trying to recreate the success of the original show. My concerns were soon dispelled by a faultless cast who whisked us off into the manic ...

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Slaughterhouse Comedy to Die For – Joshua Brooks, Manchester

Writer: James Jowett, Adam Davies Director: Peter Carruthers Reviewer: Laura Maley [rating:3.5]   Blackhand Productions’ Adam Davies and James Jowett present their first comedy sketch show, 'Slaughterhouse, Comedy to Die For' downstairs at Joshua Brooks, Manchester. After great success at the King’s Arms, Salford, with BoJazz Comedy Sketch Show, Davies and Jowett have developed a fast paced, anarchic and off-the-wall ...

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Big Daddy vs Giant Haystacks – The Public, West Bromwich

Writers: Brian Mitchell and Joseph Nixon Director: Brian Mitchell Reviewer: Selwyn Knight [rating:4] The Foundry Group describes itself as a band of writers and performers committed to producing affordable, popular, intelligent touring shows with a broad appeal. This is certainly the case with this offering, which premiered at the 2011 Brighton Fringe where it deservedly won a Fringe Guru Editor’s ...

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Sampled Festival: Day 2 – The Junction, Cambridge

Festival Director: Kate Madden Reviewer : Jack Trott   The Sampled Festival of Performance is a mini fringe festival, taking place over a weekend, that is exactly as it says – a sample of works in progress as well as tried and tested performances. With seemingly every performance space, office, side room, foyer and even car park utilised to put ...

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Barefoot in The Park – Arts Theatre, Cambridge

Writer: Neil Simon Director: Maureen Lipman and Peter Cregseen Reviewer: Flip Miller [rating:4.5]   It is nearly 50 years since Neil Simon’s Barefoot in The Park appeared on Broadway but this delightful play is still just as relevant today as it was in 1963. The curtain rises on the newly married Corrie Bratter, eagerly waiting the furniture for her first ...

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Sampled Festival: Day 1 – The Junction, Cambridge

Reviewer: Flip Miller   This is one of the first festivals of the season and there is not a wellie or any mud in sight. The premise of the festival is to showcase samples - hence Sampled Festival, of artistic works from up and coming artists. The organisation of the festival is timed with unusual precision. The transition from performance ...

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Paul Merton: Out of My Head – Grand Opera House, York

Reviewer: Rosie Revell [Rating:3.5] Billed as his first live stand up this century and long being a fan of Paul Merton’s wit and improvisational skills on hit television shows like “Have I Got News for You” and “Whose Line is it Anyway?” I was unsure what to expect of this show. Merton’s comedy has long revolved around the surreal, and ...

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Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre, Square Chapel, Halifax

Writer, director and performer: Kev F Sutherland Reviewer: Laura Stimpson [Rating:4.5] Who’d have thought that going to see a man with a pair of socks on his hands could be so much fun? Guaranteed to laugh your socks off, the Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre arrived in Square Chapel, Halifax for one night only as part of their UK tour. ...

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