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The Red Shoes– Theatre Royal, Norwich

Director/ Choreographer: Matthew Bourne Reviewer: Lu Greer Following the running theme of the last few years, yet another much-loved classic is getting a reboot, this time in the form of Powell and Pressburger's 1948 classic The Red Shoes. While perhaps not as well- known as the litany of other classic film being re-imagined in one way or another, Matthew Bourne ...

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The Remains of Tom Lehrer – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Music and Lyrics: Tom Lehrer Adaptor and performer: Adam Kay Reviewer: Glen Pearce There’s a fine line to tread when producing a show based on a much-loved performer. Fans will already know every detail about the performer's life and back catalogue and will want to revel in the nostalgia without being weighed down with facts they already know. Newcomers to ...

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The Complete Deaths – Festival Theatre, Chichester

Clowning troupe Spymonkey in The Complete Deaths

Adapter/Director: Tim Crouch Designer: Lucy Bradridge Composer:  Toby Park  Reviewer: Bill Avenell It all depends on your point of view. If silliness, clever ideas, slapstick, a bit of puerile humour and generally no sense of anything deep and meaningful leads to a good night out then The Complete Deaths is for you. If it is important to have a purpose ...

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The Full Monty – Orchard Theatre, Dartford

2016 UK Tour of The Full Monty

Writer: Simon Beaufoy Director: Jack Ryder Reviewer: Dan English   Baring all, except for a modest hat, to earn some quick cash, six northerners enter the world of male stripping in this riotous new tour of The Full Monty. Times have fallen hard in Thatcher’s Britain, nowhere more so than in the steelworks of the north, where Gaz (Gary Lucy) ...

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Julius Caesar – Holy Trinity Church, Guildford

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Gemma Fairlie Reviewer: David Jobson It seems pertinent to produce Julius Caesar in this current political climate. Productions have made many parallels with the Roman leader and previous political regimes. In this new production staged at the Holy Trinity Church, the Guildford Shakespeare Company take the obvious route and set the play in a present day ...

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Pink Mist – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer: Owen Sheers Directors: John Retallack and George Mann Reviewer: Glen Pearce When we think of battle we may think of the infamous Red Mist – a state that sees anger erupt into pure rage. Owen Sheers' Pink Mist, though, is something more subtle but way more horrific. Poet and playwright Sheers explores with devastating effect the pink mist of the ...

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The MGM Story – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer: Chris Burgess Director and Choreographer: Matthew Cole Musical Director: Charlie Ingles Reviewer: Glen Pearce Our love affair with the big Hollywood musical shows no sign of abating. As cinema's own love letter to the genre, La La Land, looks set to score big this awards season,  the heydey of the classic Hollywood musical is revisited in The MGM Story. Sadly ...

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Black is the Color of My Voice – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer and Performer: Apphia Campbell Director: Arran Hawkins Reviewer: Paul Couch When singer Nina Simone died in 2003, the world lost one of the last great legends of the American jazz club circuit along with the likes of Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughn and Dinah Washington. Simone trained as a classical concert pianist but soon found her true vocation – playing “the ...

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