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Wait Until Dark – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford.

Writer: Frederick Knott Director: Alastair Whatley Reviewer: Bill Avenell The Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford has a deserved reputation for quality productions but unfortunately, this touring production from The Original Theatre Company falls short of its usual high standards in this revival of Frederick Knott’s 1966 thriller. Some of the blame lies with the choice of play which has dated ...

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The Weir – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre,  Guildford

Writer: Conor McPherson Director: Adele Thomas Reviewer: Steve Turner The Weir of the title is a run-down pub somewhere in the Irish countryside. Here we meet Jack the local garage owner, Jim an odd job man and sometime assistant to Jack, and Brendan the landlord, passing the evening together as they would seem to pass many evenings. Enter Finbar, a sometime ...

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The Little Mermaid – The New Victoria Theatre, Woking 

Director and choreographer: David Nixon Reviewer: Sophie Huggins Diving fins first into their Autumn season is the Leeds based dance company Northern Ballet with a whimsical and watery reimagining of a classic: The Little Mermaid, a new ballet based on the 1837 Hans Christian Andersen fairytale. With all its creative elements forging a powerful show, it is unclear what leaves ...

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NEWS: Peterborugh gears up for 3rd Platform8 Festival

Peterborough audiences are gearing up this week for the third season of Platform8, the theatre festival that brings national touring shows to the city. Organised by local theatre company Jumped Up Theatre, in association with Battersea Arts Centre, Platform8 runs across Peterborough from 8 to 12 November, bring four plays, three workshops, a free film and a virtual reality installation ...

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The Real Thing – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Writer: Tom Stoppard Director: Stephen Unwin Reviewer: Steve Turner Written and first performed in 1982 Tom Stoppard’s study of love, deception and infidelity retains its raw edge and soft underside and still feels very contemporary. Perhaps as a reflection of how little change there is in our feelings about love and friendship, the only things in the script which date ...

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The Invisible Man – Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch

Writer: H G Wells, adapted by Clem Garritty Director: Ryan McBryde Reviewer: Michael Gray H G Wells’ iconic novella lends itself to the screen rather than the stage. Only one notable theatrical adaptation, by Ken Hill, most recently seen at the Menier Chocolate Factory. Until now. This world premiere of a commission from Clem Garritty - Artistic Director of Kill The ...

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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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The Wipers Times – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre Guildford

Writers : Ian Hislop and Nick Newman Director: Caroline Leslie Reviewer: Steve Turner Familiar to many from his television appearances and his editorship of Private Eye, it should come as no surprise that, Ian Hislop's The Wipers Times is shot through with satire, digs at authority and also a couple of more contemporary jabs at some familiar targets. Written together ...

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