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The Three Lions – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer: William Gaminara Director: Philip Wilson Reviewer: Glen Pearce In this election year, our stages seem to be as much awash with politicians as the traditional hustings, but it’s another vote that is centre to William Gaminara’s hilarious and well-observed The Three Lions. To match the heraldic emblem on the England national football team strip, in 2010 the FA wheeled ...

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The Mist In The Mirror – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer: Susan Hill Adaptor: Ian Kershaw Director: Kevin Shaw Reviewer : Glen Pearce Susan Hill’s The Woman in Black has been scaring theatre audiences for a quarter of a century, its only now, however, that a theatre has been brave enough to turn another of her gothic thrillers, The Mist In The Mirror, into a stage play. Perhaps it was ...

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Educating Rita – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Writer: Willy Russell Director: Patrick Sandford Reviewer: Michael Gray   In our celebrity-sated, 15-minutes-of-fame fixated world, is education still seen as the road to personal fulfilment and life-changing cultural freedom? Rita first burst into Frank's study thirty-five years ago. Wisely, this first-rate revival, directed by Patrick Sandford for the Mercury Theatre's Made in Colchester strand, sets the action in the ...

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Mark Thomas: Cuckooed – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer and performer: Mark Thomas Reviewer: Glen Pearce You can’t accuse Mark Thomas of not giving value for money. Although he claims he does his own warm up act to save money, his first act stand-up routine, ahead of the headline second act performance of his play Cuckooed, provides arguably the highlight of the evening The comedian, journalist and self-confessed ...

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Playland – Mumford Theatre, Cambridge

Writer: Athol Fugard Director: Jack McNamara Reviewer: David Tickner Playland is one of Athol Fugard’s most personal yet least performed plays, and New Perspectives is to be commended in taking it on tour around our region. The action takes place late on New Year’s Eve, 1989, in a shabby corner of a travelling amusement park. The atmosphere is immediately conveyed ...

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Lion Boy – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Writer: Zizou Corder Adaptor: Marcelo Dos Santos Directors: Clive Mendus and James Yeatman Reviewer: Michael Gray   “This is a big story – it needs to be savoured!” Complicité's first show aimed at a younger audience, now revived and touring, makes a great half-term treat for the Mercury Theatre, directed by Clive Mendus and James Yeatman after the original by ...

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All My Sons – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer: Arthur Miller Director: Michael Buffong Reviewer: Glen Pearce For many Arthur Miller is tainted by schoolday memories, with students made to study his works in an isolated classroom setting. Like many a writer though, Miller’s work, accomplished though it is on paper, really soars when performed on stage. Talawa’s electrifying revival of All My Sons, opening in Ipswich ahead ...

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Shrek, The Musical – The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Book and Lyrics: David Lindsay-Abaire Music: Jeanine Tesori Original Production Directors: Jason Moore &Rob Ashford Tour Director: Nigel Harman Reviewer: Victoria Bawtree   Fans of the Shrek movies will no doubt flock to The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury over the next 2½ weeks. With a cast of familiar characters; live band; lush costumes; slick production and amplified sound that is (hallelujah) ...

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