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Quartet – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer: Ronald Harwood   Director: Peter Rowe Reviewer: Molly Richardson Quartet tells of four retired and aging opera singers, who have taken residence in a care home. First, we meet trio Cecily (Wendi Peters), Reggie (Jeff Rawle) and Wilfred (Paul Nicholas), who are unearthing the mystery of who the new ‘star’ resident is to be – there are mixed reactions ...

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Mirror Mirror – New Wolsey Studio. Ipswich

Writer: The Brothers Grimm Adaptor: Wendy Rouse and Amanda Wilde Director: Amanda Wilde Reviewer: Molly Richardson Mirror Mirror is a new version of the beloved fairy tale, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, a tale that’s been passed through the generations and adapted time after time. Poor Snow White’s mother has sadly passed, and she’s stuck with her wicked Step ...

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Romeo and Juliet – The Holy Trinity Church, Guildford

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Charlotte Conquest Reviewer: Sophie Huggins Set within the four echoed, omniscient walls of Surrey’s largest Georgian church called the Holy Trinity, The Guildford Shakespeare Company play out Shakespeare’s most infamous and tragic love story: Romeo and Juliet. Featuring a cast of nine, this tenacious ensemble clearly and with commitment tell a story of rivalry; a bitter ...

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Of Mice and Men – Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Writer: John Steinbeck Director: Guy Unsworth Reviewer: Victoria Bawtree Canterbury is currently hosting a brand-new touring production of John Steinbeck’s classic American story, produced by Selladoor Productions, in association with The Marlowe Theatre.  Many will have been touched by the story and many will appreciate the beauty of Steinbeck’s narrative style, but far fewer will have had the opportunity to ...

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The Importance of Being Earnest  – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford.

Writer: Oscar Wilde Director: Alastair Whatley Reviewer: Bill Avenell What a wonderful conceit it is that a relationship should be founded upon a name and what a wickedly witty script Oscar Wilde produces to lure audiences into that conceit. But alas the input of the author is the only really wonderful part of the Original Theatre Company’s production of this ...

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The Snowman – Theatre Royal, Brighton.  

Adaptor: Howard Blake, Bill Alexander and Robert North Director: Bill Alexander Reviewer: Simon Topping A glorious snow storm lighting effect hits the stage making the set beyond look as if it was within a magical snow globe and as the curtain raises, the familiar music of Howard Blake draws the audience into the story of a boy and the adventures ...

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Sunset Boulevard – The New Victoria Theatre, Woking

Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber Book & lyrics: Don Black and Christopher Hampton Director: Nikolai foster Reviewer: Sophie Huggins Lights, camera action: the spotlight falls on 10086 Sunset Boulevard where a forgotten silent movie star reminisces about her glowing glory days. Based on the 1950 Billy Wilder film, this glamorous Hollywood musical first opened in 1993 and still being in production ...

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Around the World in 80 Days– Theatre Royal, Norwich

Writer: Jules Verne Adaptor: Laura Eason Director: Theresa Heskins Reviewer: Lu Greer How do you take the story of a rich man making a bet, and produce something interesting? You create all 125 characters using only 8 actors and throw in trains, boats, fights, dances, circus acts, and an elephant for good measure. The play tells the infamous story of ...

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