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Hedda Gabler – National Theatre, London

Writer: Henrik Ibsen Director: Ivo van Hove Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Hedda Gabler is one of theatre’s foremost roles for women. The part is so complex and internalised that it is often compared to Hamlet, and for many female actors attempting it remains a mark of their seriousness as a performer. Hedda’s fascination lies in the many interpretations that the role ...

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Beauty & The Beast – Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds

Writer: Chris Hannon Musical Director: Ward Baker Director: Karen Simpson Reviewer: Flip Miller Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without the annual visit to a traditional family pantomime and, this year, it’s the turn of Beauty &The Beast at the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds. The story has the classic threads that we all know and love.  The mysterious Beast, the shy ...

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Stoat Hall – Sir John Mills Theatre, Ipswich

Writers: Julian Harries and Pat Whymark Director: Pat Whymark Musical Director: Pat Whymark Reviewer: Michael Gray Toad Hall? Wolf Hall? The inspiration behind this bit of harmless fun is mostly Mantel – a Tudor rose projected onto the boards, Thomas Crudwell given a brief mention - but the Bard is in the mix too, together with Adele and Geoffrey Chaucer. ...

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Treasure Island – Avenue Theatre, Ipswich

Writer &Director: Joanna Carrick (Source material: Robert Louis Stevenson) Reviewer: Paul Pearce-Couch When Robert Louis Stevenson started writing Treasure Island in 1881, it was a boys’ own adventure tale for children of the well-to-do but, as usual, Red Rose Chain takes it and creates something quite surreal. While Joanna Carrick has kept with Stevenson’s original plot, the story is almost ...

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Once In A Lifetime – The Young Vic, London

Writers: Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman Adapter: Christopher Hart Director: Richard Jones Reviewer: Tom Finch Richard Jones' revival of the Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman Hollywood satire Once in a Lifetime follows the fortunes of three Vaudevillians who head west having smelled profit in the burgeoning 'Talkie' film industry. In an era of great upheaval in a young ...

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Christmas Concerts – Chichester Festival Theatre

The Band of HM Royal Marines Portsmouth and Chichester Cathedral Choir   Conductor: Captain Ian Davis Reviewer : Steve Turner Famed for their versatility, the Royal Marines show this extends well beyond their military prowess and into the realms of entertainment. Conductor, Director of Music and tonight’s compere, Captain Ian Davis, sets the tone early on with some well-chosen quips and ...

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Cinderella – The Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch

Writer: Andrew Pollard Director: Martin Berry Musical Director: Joshua Goodman Choreographer: Liz Marsh Reviewer: Michael Gray “Well it's good, but it's not what I'd call traditional ...” proclaimed the elderly lady just along the row. She has a point. Andrew Pollard's script has more than a few novel touches. Baron Hardup has expired, leaving his wicked widow free to bully ...

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The Dresser – Chichester Festival Theatre

The Dresser

Writer: Ronald Harwood Director: Sean Foley Reviewer: Bill Avenell There is always a slightly guilty pleasure felt in laughing at a play which is based on a harrowing subject, but as well as being a first-rate production of a well-written play, The Dresser at Chichester is extremely amusing, partly because of Ronald Harwood’s tight script and partly because the players, ...

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