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NEWS: Cast announced for random and generations at Chichester Festival Theatre

Casting has been announced for debbie tucker green’s random and generations, running at Chichester Festival’s Minerva Theatre from 4 May – 2 June, directed by Tinuke Craig. Fierce, warm and funny, these two short and haunting dramas examine love, life and loss through the lives of two families on two continents. Making her Chichester debut, playing the solo role of ...

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Rambert – Theatre Royal, Brighton

Artistic Director: Mark Baldwin Choreographers: Aletta Collins, Ben Duke, Andonis Foniadakis, Itzik Galili, Julie Cunningham Reviewer: Cathy Swaby Rambert’s three-part show is pulsing and visually mesmerising. Dancers bend and fold themselves around the stage to poignant music and equally poignant themes. Firstly, we witness Symbiosis where the scaled scantily clad team writhe and flit to beautiful orchestral electronica music, furtively ...

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Of Mice and Men – Brighton Theatre Royal

Writer: John Steinbeck Director: Guy Unsworth Reviewer: Cathy Swaby Nobel Prize winning John Steinbeck’s timeless story of an endearing but unlikely friendship and the American Dream is brought to life in Brighton’s Theatre Royal, currently running for another five nights in the seaside venue, as part of a 10 week UK tour, playing to audiences both old and young. Selladoor ...

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Cats – Yvonne Arnaud, Guildford

Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber Director/Choreographer: Chrissie Cartwright Reviewer: Alice Fowler The moon hangs over a junkyard set and luminous green eyes glint from all sides. We can only be at Cats: back and brought to exuberant new life by the Guildford School of Acting. This is a high calibre production, performed by graduating musical theatre students who would give any ...

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Brighton Rock –  Brighton Theatre Royal

Writer: Graham Greene Adaptor: Bryony Lavery Director: Esther Richardson Reviewer: Cathy Swaby Playwright Bryony Lavery’s adaptation of Graham Greene’s 1938 novel Brighton Rock is a haunting, stylish masterpiece, which leads the audience on a journey of life and death, good versus evil, and the angst of youth. Lavery, who’s most well-known play Frozen is re-running in London theatres, has cleverly ...

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Private Lives – Connaught Theatre, Worthing

Writer: Noel Coward Director: Michael Cabot Reviewer: Simon Topping Welcome to the singular wit of Noel Coward. Written in a matter of days, post flu and in a flurry of creative abandonment, Coward’s Private Lives has remained one of his most popular and reproduced plays since its inception in 1930.  The piece explores the infuriating and intense nature of love.  ...

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The Kite Runner – Theatre Royal, Norwich

Writer: Khaled Hosseini Adapter: Matthew Spangler Director: Giles Croft Reviewer: Lu Greer Khaled Hosseini’s debut novel The Kite Runner was a massive literary success as it tackled a multitude of complex issues including the complexities of family and friendship, love, politics, class, transnational immigration, and the struggle of the refugee. Told from the point of view of a grown Amir looking back ...

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Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella – Theatre Royal, Norwich

Director and Choreographer: Matthew Bourne Music: Sergei Prokofiev Reviewer: Lu Greer The story of Cinderella is a classic, of course. But the combination of a narrative involving a woman desperately pursuing a man to save her, and the endless themes of pretty dresses mean that it is certainly a dated classic at best. With Matthew Bourne’s company being renowned for ...

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