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Four Nights in Knaresborough – New Wolsey Studio, Ipswich

Writer: Paul Webb Director: Rob Salmon Reviewer: Paul Couch It’s an attractive enough device – taking a largely marginal character, or in this case characters, and putting them centre stage. In Paul Webb’s only published play, the quartet of protagonists are the knights of King Henry II who were responsible for dispatching the Archbishop of Canterbury, the “turbulent priest”, Thomas ...

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Happy Birthday Sunita – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Writer: Harvey Virdi Director: Pravesh Kumar Reviewer: Glen Pearce The very best parties always take place in Kitchens, although in the case of Tejpal the 40th birthday party for daughter Sunita in her kitchen is probably one she’d like to forget. Her newly installed kitchen may look like it’s about to grace the latest series of Grand Designs but the ...

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Eric and Little Ern, New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer: Ian Ashpitel and Jonty Stephens Additional Material: Eddie Braben, Dick Hills and Sid Green Director: Owen Lewis Reviewer: Glen Pearce It’s hard to believe that this year marks the 30th anniversary of Eric Morecambe’s death. His death on 28 May 1984 brought to an end one of the most beloved comedy partnerships of all time. Such though is the ...

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Bouncers – Civic Theatre, Chelmsford

Writer: John Godber Director: Keith Hukin Reviewer: Michael Gray   Bouncers, the 80s hit show that spawned Shakers, Stags and Hens and many lesser tributes, is a classic now, up there with Macbeth and Neville's Island on the GCSE syllabus. So the stalls are packed with the “Children of England”, amused at being frisked by the “door staff”, bemused at ...

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Macbeth – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Daniel Buckroyd Reviewer: Michael Gray   At first glance this a typical look at Macbeth our contemporary - naked political ambition, red berets and body armour. But Daniel Buckroyd's accessible production, his sixth since he took the helm at the Mercury, has unique strengths. The staging is uncluttered but eloquent. Juliet Shillingford's design has a gloomy ...

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Cinderella – Theatre Royal, Norwich

Director/Choreographer: David Nixon Composer: Philip Feeney Reviewer: Lu Greer   Cinderella, originally an old European folk tale, has been adapted in every way from Disney’s classic to pantomime to ice shows. The now age-old story of poor little Cinders, bullied by her step-sisters, becoming a princess for the night and losing her glass slipper is consistently popular with audiences of ...

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Lend Me A Tenor – Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch

Writer: Ken Ludwig Director: Matt Devitt Reviewer: Michael Gray Cut to the Chase are on cracking form in this riotously funny revival of Ken Ludwig's backstage farce. But as the stunning set by Mark Walters and the Queen's workshop reveals, we're not in the wings, or the green room, but a shamelessly tasteless suite – blue and pink, dripping with ...

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The Lord of the Flies – Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Writer: William Golding Director/Choreographer: Scott Ambler &Matthew Bourne Music: Terry Davies Reviewer: Victoria Bawtree   Matthew Bourne has to be one of the most well-known names in the world of dance and innovation, bringing dance to huge audiences across the world. In his latest production he works with Scott Ambler, an associate artist of his company ‘New Adventures’. The Lord ...

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