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The Wedding Singer – Orchard Theatre, Dartford

Writers: Chad Beguelin & Tim Herlihy Music: Matthew Sklar Director: Nick Winston Reviewer: Dan English There is the adage ‘always the bridesmaid, but never the bride’ but what about anyone else at a wedding? Adapting the 90s Adam Sandler comedy, The Wedding Singer explores the trials and tribulations of Robbie, a wedding singer who brings much joy to other couples yet ...

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Silver Lining – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer: Sandi Toksvig Director: Rebecca Gatward Reviewer: Paul Couch According to the actor and comedian, Groucho Marx, "getting older is no problem - you just have to live long enough". But for the five elderly women who comprise the ensemble cast of Sandi Toksvig's Silver Lining, living long enough isn't the problem, it's having lived so long that they've survived ...

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A Passionate Woman – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Writer: Kay Mellor Director: Paul Milton Reviewer: Steve Turner It’s her son’s wedding day so where else would you expect to find the mother of the groom than in her attic ‘tidying up’. Betty (Liza Goddard) is clearly not overjoyed at the prospect of losing her son to a new bride and, seemingly worse, him moving to Milton Keynes. It’s ...

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The Crucible – Orchard Theatre, Dartford

Writer: Arthur Miller Director: Douglas Rintoul Reviewer: Dan English Salem, 1692. A witchcraft hunt has gripped a rural Massachusetts community with women across the town accused of worshipping Satan. Reverend Parris, whose daughter and niece appear to have succumbed to the Devil’s seduction, leads a crusade of his fledgling flock against the witches he claims to be within his parish. ...

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The Inkwell – Jerwood DanceHouse, Ipswich

Artistic Directors: Mary Davies, Lynette King, Caroline Mummery Reviewer: Glen Pearce A community production, featuring 180 performers aged 8-80 from community groups and schools is enough to send many practitioners into a blind panic. For over 30 years DanceEast, however, has been running just such projects and their 2017 showing of The Inkwell is an ideal showcase of what can ...

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Out Of Order – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Writer & Director:  Ray Cooney Reviewer: Steve Turner Originally written and performed in 1990 and here updated to include some topical references to Brexit, May, Corbyn and Boris Johnson, Ray Cooney’s farce has lost none of its verve, capacity to surprise, and most importantly its ability to make us laugh. Indeed the laughter from the audience is so loud it ...

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Ventoux – New Wolsey Studio, Ipswich

2magpiesTheatre - Ventoux

Devisors: 2Magpies Theatre and Andy Routledge Director: Matt Wilks Reviewer: Glen Pearce Mont Ventoux, on the periphery of the French Alps, holds legendary status among cyclists. Its barren upper slopes the finishing line seen as the definitive Tour de France climb. Not all who tackle it make the challenge, with British cyclist Tom Simpson dying on the assent during the ...

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Worst Wedding Ever – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer: Chris Chibnall Director: Gareth Machin Reviewer: Glen Pearce According to a well-known scale Doctors use to measure stress,  getting married is the seventh most stressful thing you can do in life, just below a life changing illness and slightly more stressful than losing your job. You can see why: the pressure to outdo the friend who had the dream wedding, ...

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