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The Who’s Tommy – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

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Music & Lyrics: Pete Townsend Book: Pete Townsend & Des McAnuff Additional Music & Lyrics: John Entwistle & Keith Moon Director: Kerry Michael Musical Director: Robert Hyman Reviewer: Glen Pearce The Who’s Tommy has always been something of a concept for directors to mould into their own. Sadly though concept doesn't always translate into form. Pete Townsend’s rock opera was ...

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The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart – The Assembly Rooms, Dedham

Writer: David Greig Director: Hal Chambers Reviewer: Paul Couch Suffolk-based rural touring company Eastern Angles may have cast its creative net a little wider for The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart, set firmly in a Scottish Borders winter, but that shouldn’t detract from what a fascinating and inventive show this is. A cast of four, Simon Donaldson, Robin Hemmings, Hannah ...

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Nell Gwynn – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

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Writer: Jessica Swale Director: Christopher Luscombe Reviewer: Steve Turner Anyone wanting historical accuracy should look away now. Anyone after an evening of fun, frolics, singing, dancing and general merriment better get themselves a ticket for Nell Gwynn now, before they all go! In the programme notes, writer Jessica Swale says that she wants the play to be an entertaining homage to ...

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Babe: The Sheep Pig, Connaught Theatre, Worthing

Adaptor: David Wood Director: Michael Fentiman Reviewer: Simon Topping As the audience enter the theatre their eyes are drawn to the stage and the sheep pen, which is constructed upon it, where four innocent looking “sheep” bustle and baa together.  As the lights drop the sheep begin to sing and dance in unison.  There are audible whispers of “Wow” from ...

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The Enormous Room – Pavilion Dance South West, Bournemouth

  Choreographer: Lucy Bennett Reviewer: Sophie Huggins   Known for their inclusion of all disabled and non-disabled artists, this is Stopgap Dance Company at its finest, exploring the fragile yet resilient human condition, in their devised play: The Enormous Room. Exploring themes of grief and loss, six performers tell the story of a father and daughter who have recently lost ...

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The Wedding Singer – Orchard Theatre, Dartford

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Writers: Chad Beguelin & Tim Herlihy Music: Matthew Sklar Director: Nick Winston Reviewer: Dan English There is the adage ‘always the bridesmaid, but never the bride’ but what about anyone else at a wedding? Adapting the 90s Adam Sandler comedy, The Wedding Singer explores the trials and tribulations of Robbie, a wedding singer who brings much joy to other couples yet ...

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Silver Lining – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer: Sandi Toksvig Director: Rebecca Gatward Reviewer: Paul Couch According to the actor and comedian, Groucho Marx, "getting older is no problem - you just have to live long enough". But for the five elderly women who comprise the ensemble cast of Sandi Toksvig's Silver Lining, living long enough isn't the problem, it's having lived so long that they've survived ...

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A Passionate Woman – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Writer: Kay Mellor Director: Paul Milton Reviewer: Steve Turner It’s her son’s wedding day so where else would you expect to find the mother of the groom than in her attic ‘tidying up’. Betty (Liza Goddard) is clearly not overjoyed at the prospect of losing her son to a new bride and, seemingly worse, him moving to Milton Keynes. It’s ...

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