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The Real Thing – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Writer: Tom Stoppard Director: Stephen Unwin Reviewer: Steve Turner Written and first performed in 1982 Tom Stoppard’s study of love, deception and infidelity retains its raw edge and soft underside and still feels very contemporary. Perhaps as a reflection of how little change there is in our feelings about love and friendship, the only things in the script which date ...

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The Invisible Man – Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch

Writer: H G Wells, adapted by Clem Garritty Director: Ryan McBryde Reviewer: Michael Gray H G Wells’ iconic novella lends itself to the screen rather than the stage. Only one notable theatrical adaptation, by Ken Hill, most recently seen at the Menier Chocolate Factory. Until now. This world premiere of a commission from Clem Garritty - Artistic Director of Kill The ...

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Private Lives – Civic Theatre, Chelmsford

Writer: Noel Coward Director: Michael Cabot Reviewer: Michael Gray Coward’s frothy comedy of manners was concocted – as a vehicle for the Master and Miss Gertie Lawrence – at break-neck speed. And that’s how it’s delivered by London Classic Theatre, in Chelmsford for the 12th date of its national tour. All over in an hour and three-quarters, including the interval. Realistic ...

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The Wipers Times – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre Guildford

Writers : Ian Hislop and Nick Newman Director: Caroline Leslie Reviewer: Steve Turner Familiar to many from his television appearances and his editorship of Private Eye, it should come as no surprise that, Ian Hislop's The Wipers Times is shot through with satire, digs at authority and also a couple of more contemporary jabs at some familiar targets. Written together ...

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Metropolis – Ye Olde Rose and Crown, London

Book and Lyrics: Joe Brooks and Dusty Hughes Director: Tim McArthur Reviewer: Deborah Parry Metropolis is one of those obscure lost musicals that, despite having had a run in the West End in the late 1980s, hasn't seen much of the light of day since – certainly not in the UK and certainly not with a professional cast. It is particularly significant, then, ...

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War Horse – The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Writer: Nick Stafford from the original by Michael Morpurgo Director: Marianne Elliott & Tom Morris Movement: Toby Sedgwick Reviewer: Neill Barston From the moment the opening sequences of War Horse play out in a rural Devonshire field, this remarkable work of theatre remains truly captivating. As its author Michael Morpurgo – who attended the Canterbury press night marking the 10th ...

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The Ladykillers – Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch

Writer: Graham Linehan Director: Peter Rowe Reviewer: Michael Grove  Forget Alec Guinness. Forget Tom Hanks. This is an ingenious stage version of William Rose's classic Ealing comedy, penned by Graham (Father Ted) Linehan and first seen in 2011. Despite its cinematic origins, it is at heart a good old-fashioned farce, lacking only the manic inevitability of the best of that ...

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The Norman Conquests – Chichester Festival Theatre

Writer: Alan Ayckbourn Director: Blanche McIntyre Reviewer: David Guest Seeing just one part of Alan Ayckbourn’s comic trilogy The Norman Conquests, splendidly revived at Chichester Festival Theatre as the final offering in a successful summer season, is like eating only one component part of a trifle: the jelly, sponge, cream or custard alone might offer a tasty treat but when put ...

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