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A Streetcar Named Desire – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer: Tennessee Williams Director: Chelsea Walker Reviewer: Molly Richardson This bold revival of Tennessee Williams’ classic play A Streetcar Named Desire is full of fire. One summer, the anxious boozer, yet fiercely clever seductress and glamour-queen, Blanche DuBois turns up unexpectedly at her sister Stella’s two-roomed house in a state of desperation as she tries to hold her life together. This gives ...

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Monty Python’s Spamalot – Orchard Theatre, Dartford

Book/Lyrics/Music: Eric Idle Music: John Du Prez Director: Daniel Buckroyd Reviewer: Dan English Cans of Spam at the ready as the hapless King Arthur and his clan of Knights hilariously hunt for the Holy Grail in this excellent touring production of Monty Python’s Spamalot. Touted as the ‘lovingly’ put together musical that rips off Monty Python and the Holy Grail, ...

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The Winslow Boy – Theatre Royal, Brighton

Writer: Terence Rattigan Director: Rachel Kavanaugh Reviewer: Simon Topping A sumptuous Edwardian living room decked out with rich blue walls and plush contrasting furniture, beautifully designed by Michael Taylor, draws the Brighton audience into the theatre. The lights go down and a boy in naval uniform takes the spotlight.  This is the start of Birmingham repertory theatre’s excellent adaption of Terence ...

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Kindertransport – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer: Diane Samuels Director: Anne Simon Reviewer: Molly Richardson Kindertransportsounds joyful, like kindergarten or Kinder Surprise eggs; but the reality is the polar opposite, for this was the term used when thousands of children were sent away from their families in Germany ahead of the Second World War in order to escape the Nazi regime. The story begins in Hamburg, ...

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Son of a Preacher Man – Theatre Royal, Brighton

A woman leans over a man bent backwards over a table

Writer: Warner Brown Director: Craig Revel Horwood Reviewer: Jo Payne From the opening trumpet, it’s clear that this show’s music will be a strong element.  And so it should. The music of Dusty Springfield is loved the world over and, for this jukebox musical, the songs have had a bit of a makeover.  Recognisable songs have a slightly different rhythm, ...

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The Kite Runner – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Writer: Khaled Hosseini Adaptor: Matthew Spangler Director: Giles Croft Reviewer: Alice Fowler Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner is a story about courage: the courage needed to fight off evil, speak the truth and, ultimately, atone for the errors of one’s past. At its heart is the friendship between two young Afghan boys, Amir (superbly played by Raj Ghatak) and Hassan ...

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Flashdance The Musical – Brighton Theatre Royal

Writer: Tom Hedley and Robert Cary Director: Hannah Chissick Reviewer:  Cathy Swaby The vibrancy, passion and rhythm of the 1980s have once again come to UK audiences in the musical production of Flashdance; a stomping show of dazzling lights, lycra and legwarmers. For those who love the original 1983 film, nostalgically remember the decade, or are lovers of films and ...

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Our Country’s Good – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer: Timberlake Wertenbaker  Director: Fiona Buffini Reviewer: Molly Richardson  Inspired by true stories and based on Thomas Kenally’s novel The Playmaker, Our Country’s Good transports the audience to 1787 for a powerful comedic drama about the harsh realities that convicts and slaves faced in the 1700s. After sailing over 700 of them to Australia, they are kept as prisoners with ...

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