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Stepping Out – Chichester Festival Theatre

Writer: Richard Harris Director:  Maria Friedman                              Musical Arranger: Chris Walker Choreographer:  Tim Jackson Reviewer:  Bill Avenell Chichester Festival Theatre has had some notable triumphs in recent months featuring, among other things, technical wizardry, innovative approaches to old classics, hard-hitting political drama always including something fresh to make the audience sit up and pay attention. This production of Richard Harris’ play, ...

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The Wipers Times – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writers: Ian Hislop and Nick Newman Director: Caroline Leslie Reviewer: Paul Couch As we approach the 11th Hour of the 11th Day of the 11th Month, thoughts naturally turn to those on both sides who fought in The Great War and our theatre producers are no exception. Now largely forgotten, The Wipers Times was a short-lived satirical publication, a fore-runner ...

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Partners In Crime – Queens Theatre, Hornchurch

Writer: Agatha Christie Adapters: Sarah Punshon & Johann Hari Composer: Alex Silverman Director: John Nicholson Musical Director: Inga Davis-Rutter Choreographer: Nancy Kettle Reviewer: Michael Gray Watch in amazement as civilisation is saved by just eight actors with a few tricks up their sleeves. Sarah Punshon and Johann Hari have based their show on an early Agatha Christie, The Secret Adversary, ...

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Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

The Cast of Sweeney Todd at The Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Music and Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim Book: Hugh Wheeler Adaptation: Christopher Bond Director: Daniel Buckroyd Musical Director: Michael Haslam Reviewer: Glen Pearce Those who think stage musicals are all sequins, kick lines and jazz hands have obviously never been to Stephen Sondheim’s darkest of works, Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. To be fair, there’s been much debate over ...

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Beauty and the Beast– Theatre Royal, Norwich

Director: David Nixon Reviewer: Lu Greer   The recent resurgence of Disney in the form of a seemingly never-ending stream of live-action retellings could be very good news for the current Northern Ballet tour of Beauty and the Beast, or, it could bode very badly indeed. While stories such as this have become popular once more and have brought yet ...

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Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story – Orchard Theatre, Dartford

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Writer: Alan Janes Director: Matt Salisbury Choreographer: Miguel Angel Reviewer: Dan English One of the original jukebox musicals, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, makes its rock and roll stop in Dartford, retelling the life of 50s musical superstar Buddy Holly. Buddy, written by Alan Janes, debuted in 1989, although Holly's legion of loyal fans are still flocking to see the ...

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DNA – New Wolsey Theatre Studio, Ipswich

Writer: Dennis Kelly Director: Rob Salmon Reviewer: Paul Couch What happens when our behaviour spirals out of control? Do we try to arrest it and risk making matters worse, or do we let it freefall in the hope that the end result won’t be as bad as we initially feared? When you're trying to plug multiple holes in a dyke, ...

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Night Must Fall – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer: Emlyn Williams Director: Luke Sheppard Reviewer: Paul Couch Emlyn Williams’ Night Must Fall was written in 1934 (first produced in 1935) and, at the time, must have seemed shocking to an audience with just access to embryonic cinema and television yet to arrive. By 2016, it has dated, of course, but not as much as one would expect. The ...

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