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Entertaining Mr Sloane – Civic Theatre, Chelmsford

Writer: Joe Orton Director: Michael Cabot Reviewer: Michael Gray Junk and rubbish; everything bar the kitchen sink piled up around the acting area – threatening to engulf these squalid characters – making a chaotic arena for the unsavoury shenanigans caused by the arrival of a footloose foundling in the bosom of this most dysfunctional of families. It also provides some ...

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The Comedy of Errors – Theatre Royal, Norwich

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Edward Hall Reviewer: Lu Greer The Comedy of Errors, one of Shakespeare’s earliest plays, as well as one of the most farcical, is full of mad antics, slapstick comedy and ingenious wordplay. Being taken on by Propeller, an all-male company renowned for bringing their own brand of humour and accessibility to the works of the Bard, ...

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Finding Joy – Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Writer and Director: Rachael Savage Music and Sound Editor: Janie Armour Reviewer: Rhiannon Lawson   A fully masked play with no dialogue about dementia? Well that sounds like a harrowing night out – but I promise, this is a play which is more than worth the tears. If you ever ranked types of theatre with mime firmly at the bottom, ...

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Betty Blue Eyes – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Book: Ron Cowen &Daniel Lipman Music: George Stiles Lyrics: Anthony Drewe Director: Daniel Buckroyd Choreographer: Andrew Wright Musical Director: Richard Reeday Reviewer: Michael Gray   Not since Babe has there been such a winsome pig to tug at the heart-strings. Betty is the clandestine hog roast on the hoof in Alan Bennett's film A Private Function, now, thirty years on, ...

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Palm Wine And Stout – Quay Theatre, Sudbury

Writer: Segun Lee-French Director: Ivan Cutting Music: Clement Ule Reviewer: Michael Gray   Segun Lee-French's fascinating play is embarking on a major regional tour, in a revised version, with a new cast.First seen in 2010, it tells of a young British man of mixed race, who follows the voice of a child which leads him back to the land of ...

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The Threepenny Opera – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer: Bertolt Brecht Composer: Kurt Weil English Dialogue: Robert David Macdonald English Lyrics: Jeremy Sams Directors: Jenny Sealey and Peter Rowe Reviewer: Glen Pearce   There’s rebellion in the air at The New Wolsey Theatre. Banners are strewn across the foyer and auditorium, and cast members seem to be busking in the box office. It’s not some scheme to highlight ...

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Civic Theatre, Chelmsford

Director : James Tobias, with Amy Gunn Reviewer: Michael Gray In a lifetime of Dreams, some stand out, subtitled like episodes of Friends. The one with the pyjamas, the one set in World War II, the one evoking Hollywood's early years, the (operatic) one in an austere boys' school, the one lasting a bare twenty minutes … This one is ...

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Two And Two Make Sex – Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch

Author : Richard Harris and Leslie Darbon Director : Matt Devitt Reviewer: Michael Gray We're back in the Seventies – matador poster, inflatable chair, downlighters and eye-watering wallpaper. Harold Wilson in Westminster, Rodney Marsh at Wembley.And how titillating this title seemed back then – hinting at swingers, free love and the permissive society. In fact, of course, there's no sex ...

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