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Love’s Labour’s Lost – Festival Theatre, Chichester


Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Christopher Luscombe Reviewer: Bill Avenell For the press day, the two productions from the Royal Shakespeare Company at Chichester Theatre of Love’s Labour’s Lost and Much Ado About Nothing are presented one after the other. Whether Much Ado is indeed the lost Love’s Labour’s Won has been much debated but it is certainly an interesting experience ...

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The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Family – New Wolsey Theatre Studio, Ipswich

Writer: Ben Norris Director: Polly Tisdall Reviewer: Paul Couch “Who is this man?; How can he be my father?” It’s a question most of us have asked at some point in our lives, some for longer periods than others. Sometimes, the distance grows during the fraught battlefields of puberty and then closes. For the rest, it’s sporadic or perpetual – ...

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When We Are Married – Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds

Writer: JB Priestley Director: Barrie Rutter Reviewer: Paul Couch The pre-war world of JB Priestley was a very different place to what we know today. After the Depression and before the turmoil of war in Europe, England was pretty much a land of idyll for everyone but the poorest of its populace. This near-octogenarian play has aged reasonably well. True, ...

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This House – Minerva Theatre, Chichester

Writer: James Graham Director: Jeremy Herrin Reviewer: Bill Avenell The Minerva theatre at Chichester is an intimate space and, in the National Theatre’s production of This House, it is intimacy that is the real key to an excellent evening’s entertainment. The recreation by James Graham of the hectic, and often dysfunctional, period in the House of Commons in the lead ...

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Relatively Speaking – The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Writer: Alan Ayckbourn Director: Robin Herford Reviewer: Dan English   In Relatively Speaking, the quintessential British comedy, there are mistaken identities aplenty, which now reaches Canterbury's Marlowe Theatre as part of its UK tour. Written by Alan Ayckbourn, Relatively Speaking sees besotted but insecure Greg (Antony Eden) resolve to marry his girlfriend of just a month, Ginny (Lindsey Campbell). The ...

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NEWS: Nuffield Youth Theatre on the hunt for Hampshire’s young acting talent

The Nuffield Theatre in Southampton is looking for looking for new members for its youth company to audition for its 2017 season. The Nuffield Youth Theatre 2017 season will include Consensual, which was premiered last year by the National Youth Theatre, and a new play The Monstrum, which will be taking part in the prestigious National Theatre Connections Festival. Auditions ...

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A Month Of Sundays – Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch

Writer: Bob Larbey Director: Russell Bolam Reviewer: Michael Gray This gentle comedy from sitcom master Bob Larbey celebrates its 30th birthday this year. Its West End production, starring George Cole, won Best Comedy of 1986. Jason Robards played Senior Citizen Cooper in the American version the next year. But, though the piece continues to be popular on the amateur stage, ...

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Made In Dagenham – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

The Cast Of Made In Dagenham

Book: Richard Bean Music: David Arnold Lyrics: David Thomas Director: Douglas Rintoul Musical Director: Ben Goddard Reviewer: Glen Pearce As the opening production of his first season as Artistic Director of the Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch, Douglas Rintoul takes the audacious step of staging the first regional production of Made In Dagenham. It’s a brave choice, not only did the show ...

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