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Private Lives – Civic Theatre, Chelmsford

Writer: Noel Coward Director: Michael Cabot Reviewer: Michael Gray Coward’s frothy comedy of manners was concocted – as a vehicle for the Master and Miss Gertie Lawrence – at break-neck speed. And that’s how it’s delivered by London Classic Theatre, in Chelmsford for the 12th date of its national tour. All over in an hour and three-quarters, including the interval. Realistic ...

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Jon Culshaw: The Great British Take Off – The Lowry Salford

Reviewer: Dave Cunningham At one time it was possible for impressionists to satisfy their audience simply by approximating the accent and mannerisms of a particular personality and rattling off the occasional catchphrase. Nowadays audiences are more discerning and require a context and script before they will be happy. The autobiographical approach taken by Jon Culshaw in his current show The ...

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The Addams Family – Milton Keynes Theatre

Book: Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice Music and Lyrics: Andrew Lippa Director: Matthew White Reviewer: Maggie Constable Spooky ghouls and strange, creepy types arrive in Milton Keynes this week in the form of The Addams Family, the musical version! Starring Samantha Womack, much-loved actor and fast becoming national treasure, the show has toured to acclaim from all who see it. Wednesday Addams, the quintessential ...

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Spamalot – Northcott Theatre, Exeter

Writer: Eric Idle Composer: John Du Prez and Eric Idle Director: Daniel Buckroyd  Reviewer: Marina Spark Selladoor Worldwide is currently on tour with its production of Monty Python's Spamalot and the show is the perfect antidote to those gloomy autumn evenings. This production captures the spirit and flavour of Monty Python, while cheekily updating the motion picture Monty Python and the Holy Grail for ...

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Katherine Ryan: Glitter Room – The Lowry, Salford

Katherine Ryan

Reviewer: Sarah Holt Katherine Ryan is single and she beats around no bushes in informing the audience that this is what her Glitter Room show is all about. The topic of singledom is nothing new in comedy, but Canadian Ryan – who regularly appears on television panel shows like Mock the Week and Have I Got News For You – ...

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Beginning – National Theatre, London

Writer: David Eldridge Director: Polly Findlay Reviewer: Stephen Bates David Eldridge’s new play begins at the end - the end of a drunken flat warming party. Hostess Laura (Justine Mitchell) stands at the door, but the last lingering guest, Danny (Sam Troughton), there as a friend of an acquaintance, declines to exit through it. After the play has progressed over ...

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Of Kith and Kin – Bush Theatre, London

Writer: Chris Thompson Director: Robert Hastie Reviewer: Stephen Bates The details of Chris Thompson’s new three-act play, first seen at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, may be very modern, but the style of its opening is distinctly old-fashioned. A living room, an expecting married couple and a cantankerous, interfering mother-in-law are staples of domestic comedy, but the modern twist is ...

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