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DNA – New Wolsey Theatre Studio, Ipswich

Writer: Dennis Kelly Director: Rob Salmon Reviewer: Paul Couch What happens when our behaviour spirals out of control? Do we try to arrest it and risk making matters worse, or do we let it freefall in the hope that the end result won’t be as bad as we initially feared? When you're trying to plug multiple holes in a dyke, ...

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Night Must Fall – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer: Emlyn Williams Director: Luke Sheppard Reviewer: Paul Couch Emlyn Williams’ Night Must Fall was written in 1934 (first produced in 1935) and, at the time, must have seemed shocking to an audience with just access to embryonic cinema and television yet to arrive. By 2016, it has dated, of course, but not as much as one would expect. The ...

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Much Ado About Nothing – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Pia Furtado Composer: Rebecca Applin Reviewer: Michael Gray No hint of the romance or sunshine of Messina here. We're in the spartan canteen of a British regiment – motto Perfer et Obdura. There's a telly in the corner, a servery, tables for mess and for ping-pong. A chorus of Homeward Bound and Don Pedro marches his ...

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Much Ado About Nothing – Festival Theatre, Chichester

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Christopher Luscombe Reviewer: Bill Avenell   The Royal Shakespeare Company and Chichester Festival Theatre treat the press to a double bill of Love’s Labour’s Lost and Much Ado About Nothing, presented one after the other, raising the often debated subject of is Much Adoindeed the lost Love’s Labour’s Won. Here is a chance to see both ...

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Love’s Labour’s Lost – Festival Theatre, Chichester

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Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Christopher Luscombe Reviewer: Bill Avenell For the press day, the two productions from the Royal Shakespeare Company at Chichester Theatre of Love’s Labour’s Lost and Much Ado About Nothing are presented one after the other. Whether Much Ado is indeed the lost Love’s Labour’s Won has been much debated but it is certainly an interesting experience ...

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The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Family – New Wolsey Theatre Studio, Ipswich

Writer: Ben Norris Director: Polly Tisdall Reviewer: Paul Couch “Who is this man?; How can he be my father?” It’s a question most of us have asked at some point in our lives, some for longer periods than others. Sometimes, the distance grows during the fraught battlefields of puberty and then closes. For the rest, it’s sporadic or perpetual – ...

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When We Are Married – Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds

Writer: JB Priestley Director: Barrie Rutter Reviewer: Paul Couch The pre-war world of JB Priestley was a very different place to what we know today. After the Depression and before the turmoil of war in Europe, England was pretty much a land of idyll for everyone but the poorest of its populace. This near-octogenarian play has aged reasonably well. True, ...

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This House – Minerva Theatre, Chichester

Writer: James Graham Director: Jeremy Herrin Reviewer: Bill Avenell The Minerva theatre at Chichester is an intimate space and, in the National Theatre’s production of This House, it is intimacy that is the real key to an excellent evening’s entertainment. The recreation by James Graham of the hectic, and often dysfunctional, period in the House of Commons in the lead ...

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