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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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Shadowlands– Connaught Theatre, Worthing

Shadowlands cast sat around a table having tea

Writer: William Nicholson Director: Alastair Whatley Reviewer: Jo Payne Based on some true events and with the surrounding circumstances imagined by writer, William Nicholson, Shadowlands tells the story of beloved author C.S. Lewis in his later years. Known to his friends as Jack, Lewis is a bachelor who is invited to tea by a fan with whom he has been ...

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