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Romeo and Juliet – The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Based on the work by: William Shakespeare Choreographer: Jean-Christophe Maillot Composer: Sergei Prokofiev Reviewer: Tim Frost   Northern Ballet has a recent history of unusual and interesting productions, frequently using the stories from famous novels (The Great Gatsby; Jane Eyre; Wuthering Heights; all recent productions) to create new fusions of dance and music. For their contribution to the year of ...

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The Dresser – Theatre Royal, Brighton

The Dresser

Writer: Ronald Harwood Director: Sean Foley Reviewer: Steve Turner   First performed in 1980 and memorably made into a film in 1983, The Dresser, Ronald Harwood’s study of the relationship between an ageing star and his dresser delivers humour and heartache in equal measure. Set during the German air raids of the Second World War the action takes place in ...

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The Rocky Horror Show – Theatre Royal, Norwich

Richard O'Brien's Rocky Horror Show

Writer: Richard O’Brien Director: Christopher Luscombe Reviewer: Lu Greer By this point surely everyone must know the story of The Rocky Horror Show, right? Or at the very least, everybody knows that it's a catchy musical with transvestites in it, something about aliens, and every time it comes to town there seems to be a large gathering of strangely dressed ...

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Dirty Dancing – Orchard Theatre, Dartford

Writer: Eleanor Bergstein Director: Federico Bellone Choreographer: Gillian Bruce Reviewer: Dan English   It is the summer of 63 at Dartford's Orchard Theatre as the sizzling Dirty Dancing musical reaches north Kent on its UK Tour. Set among the backdrop of an innocent America, the raw passion that is bubbling in the USA at the time comes to the foreground ...

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Romeo and Juliet (Abridged) – St Martin’s Church, Colchester

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Filiz Ozcan Musical Director: Matt Marks Reviewer: Michael Gray The tragedy of the star-crossed lovers is well suited to these teenage actors, and considerably enhanced by a high-concept production in a historic setting. These walls were old when Shakespeare penned his play; St Martin's was already standing when those two noble households squabbled in Lombardy. Beneath ...

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The Wind In The Willows – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

The cast of Wind In The Willows at Mercury Theatre

Writer: Kenneth Grahame Book: Willis Hall Music and Lyrics: Rebecca Applin Director: Matthew Cullum Reviewer: Glen Pearce Twenty-six years ago, The National Theatre used all its stage technology to stage a visually thrilling stage adaptation of The Wind In The Willows. This summer, Colchester’s Mercury Theatre pulls off an equally stunning production, albeit on a fraction of the National’s budget. ...

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The Tempest – Jimmy’s Farm, Ipswich

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Joanna Carrick Reviewer: Paul Couch When an ageing William Shakespeare – in a reflective frame of mind - penned his last solo play in the first decade of the 1600s it’s unlikely he envisaged his melodramatic tragicomedy would end up being performed in a woodland setting with its native peacocks screaming eerily on cue and audiences ...

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