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Midsummer Songs – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer: Peter Rowe Composer: Ben Goddard Director: Peter Rowe Musical Director: Ben Goddard Reviewer: Glen Pearce   University days are full of promise. A new circle of friends that will always be at the heart of your life and the prospects of a glittering career awaiting you as you set out to change the world. Of course life often gets ...

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Gunmetal Blues – Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch

Writer: Scott Wentworth Music and Lyrics: Craig Bohmler and Marion Adler Director: Bob Carlton Reviewer: Michael Gray   This cute, clever little musical is enjoying its European première right here in Hornchurch, and it could hardly have wished for a more stylish staging. Like Dennis Potter's Singing Detective, it pays affectionate tribute to the film noir world of private dicks ...

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Friend or Foe – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Writer: Michael Morpurgo, adapted by Daniel Buckroyd Director: Matthew Cullum Reviewer: Michael Gray   By coincidence, or careful planning, press night for Friend or Foefalls seventy-five years to the day since Britain went to war with Germany. When Chamberlain spoke and the first sirens wailed, Operation Pied Piper was already underway, relocating thousands of evacuee children to the relative safety ...

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West Side Story – Theatre Royal, Norwich

Book:Arthur Laurents Music: Leonard Bernstein Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim Director and Choreographer: Joey McKneely Original Choreographer: Jerome Robbins Reviewer: Lu Greer   When West Side Story was first staged in the 50s, it not only brought a fresh and contemporary feel to the classic Shakespearian tragedy Romeo and Juliet, but it breathed a new life into the musical scene itself. By ...

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The Late Edwina Black – Jubilee Hall, Aldeburgh

Writers: William Dinner and William Morum Director: Richard Frost Reviewer: Fergus Morgan Set in the drawing room of a wealthy house in the early 20th Century, The Late Edwina Black is an elegant and subtle psychological thriller with delightful period aesthetics, marred only by the sporadically manifest failings of its plot. Peter Hoggart plays Gregory Black, widow of the recently ...

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Ha Ha Hood And The Prince Of Leaves – Civic Theatre, Chelmsford

Writer: Ben Langley Composer: Griff Johnson Director: Jamie Wilson Reviewer: Michael Gray   Last year it was Ha Ha Holmes with Joe Pasquale. This year it's Ha Ha Hood, Prince of Leaves. Ben Langley, proud begetter of the Ha Ha series, has some advice for the audience - “Lower your standards!”. And, we might add, turn back the clock. It's ...

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The Wall – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Writer: Roger Waters Director: Gari Jones Musical Director: Robert Miles Reviewer: Glen Pearce   For a generation that grew up alongside the introduction of the music video in the late 1970s and early 1980s, Pink Floyd’s Another Brick In The Wall video will probably be etched inexorably in the memory, its visuals becoming defining images for a whole generation. The ...

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Sherlock’s Last Case – Jubilee Hall, Aldeburgh

Writer: Charles Marowitz Director: Mark Sterling Reviewer: Fergus Morgan One imagines that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, given the famously antagonistic regard in which he held his most famous creation, would have greatly enjoyed Charles Marowitz’s Sherlock’s Last Case, a comic parody in which the great detective’s personal flaws are thoroughly examined. Sadly, Suffolk Summer Theatre’s production, currently running at Aldeburgh’s ...

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