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Arrivals & Departures – Arts Theatre, Cambridge

Writer &Director: Alan Ayckbourn. Reviewer: Jack Trott Think you know Alan Ayckbourn’s plays? Then think again. Arrivals &Departures is no Ayckbourn middle of the road farce, everyday characters on a gentle romp, this is as gritty, contemporary and heartfelt as it gets. This is Britain’s most prolific playwright at his best, a roller coaster ride of discovery, a lesson to ...

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Sleeping Beauty– Theatre Royal, Norwich

Music: Tchaikovsky Director: Valentina Sudakova Reviewer: Lu Greer Sleeping Beauty is a fairy tale which has seen many incarnations, from multiple ballet companies to pantomimes, which often means that new runs of it are forced to try and modernise and to adapt their performances. The Russian State Ballet, however, chooses to keep things very traditional in both costume and in ...

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Dial M For Murder – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Author: Frederick Knott Director: Lucy Bailey Reviewer: Michael Gray   Starting its revival tour at the Mercury, Lucy Bailey's stunningly stylish Dial M For Murder (first seen in 2009) is a triumph of stage design. Mike Britton's enclosed box set, all oppressive scarlet walls, the furniture and a front door the only realistic elements, with a red gauze on a ...

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Moon on a Rainbow Shawl – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Moon on a Rainbow Shawl

Writer: Errol John Director: Michael Buffong Reviewer: Paul Couch While Moon on a Rainbow Shawl was described as “groundbreaking” back in 1958, it is essentially a post-war Trinidadian EastEnders; you rather keep expecting Patrick Trueman to come sauntering into the communal yard, perhaps on his way to board the Empire Windrush en route to Tilbury. There’s little to disturb the ...

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Eternal Love – Arts Theatre, Cambridge

Writer: Howard Brenton Director: John Dove Reviewer: Glen Pearce   When you think of Shakespeare’s Globe and a classic love story you instantly think of Romeo &Juliet, but in Eternal Love (first performed at The Globe under its previous title In Extremis). A love affair between a 12th Century scholar and his pupil seems a less likely subject for a ...

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Pygmalion – Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds

Writer: George Bernard Shaw Director: Chris Line Reviewer: Glen Pearce   In a year when there are a number of theatrical production marking the centenary of the First World War, there’s another 100 year anniversary that has perhaps gone unnoticed. Though written two years previously, 1914 saw the first performance of Pygmalion and while it has gone through various incarnations ...

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Our Man In Havana – Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch

Writer: Clive Francis, from the novel by Graham Greene Director: Bob Carlton Reviewer: Michael Gray Havana Mojitos in the bar, Cuban Sandwiches in the café, a Daiquiri recipe in the programme – a very authentic flavour of Cuba for the first Cut to the Chase show of 2014. Graham Greene's comic masterpiece is set in 50s Havana, before Castro and ...

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Doctor Faustus – Arts Theatre, Cambridge

Writer: Christopher Marlowe Director: Drew Mulligan Reviewer: Jack Trott How else would it be fitting to celebrate the 450th anniversary of Christopher Marlowe’s birth by The Marlowe Society of Cambridge University than a staging of his most famous and well know play, Doctor Faustus. The play being the first to be performed by the society in 1907, the most commonly ...

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