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Beryl – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer: Maxine Peake Director: Rebecca Gatward Reviewer: Glen Pearce Today the likes of Sir Bradley Wiggins, Mark Cavendish, Chris Froome, Sarah Storey and Victoria Pendleton are household names, but taking the world on at cycling and winning long before they put foot to pedal was a plucky, feisty Yorkshire woman who, until now, has largely been forgotten outside of the ...

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A Murder Is Announced – Civic Theatre, Chelmsford

Writer: Leslie Darbon after the novel by Agatha Christie Director: Michael Lunney Reviewer: Michael Gray A typically solid touring production from Middle Ground, Agatha Christie's A Murder Is Announced, was first adapted for the West End back in the 70s by Leslie Darbon. It boasts a splendid set, designed by the show's director Michael Lunney – the 1950s powerfully evoked ...

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The Silver Sword – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer: Susie McKenna (adapted from the novel byIan Serraillier) Composer: Steven Edis Director: Susie McKenna Reviewer: Paul Couch “We can’t have migrants wandering all over Europe!” No, not an extract from UKIP’s latest manifesto, but a proclamation from an over-zealous and xenophobic Burgermeister in Sell A Door Theatre/Belgrade Theatre’s excellent adaptation of Ian Serraillier’s 1956 novel, The Silver Sword. The ...

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Through The Looking Glass – New Wolsey Studio, Ipswich

Writer: Lewis Carroll - adapted by Rob Salmon Director: Sian Thomas Reviewer: Glen Pearce Lewis Carroll’s Through The Looking Glass is astrange beast, almost as strange as the beasts it portrays. His dreamlike world is full of allegories for life yet, at the same time, there’s still a sense of the unexplained. For a youth theatre company, the madcap creations ...

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NEWS: Applications open for PULSE 2016

Applications have openedfor the 16th annual PULSE Festival in Ipswich. Hosted by the New Wolsey Theatre and co-curated by festival directors China Plate, the part curated, part open application festival for new and innovative work will take place in IpswichfromThursday, 26 May to Saturday, 4 June 2016 PULSE Festival provides a platform for the development and presentation of new work ...

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Don’t Look Now – Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch

Writer: Neil Leyshon (adapted from Daphne du Maurier) Director: Simon Jessop Musical Director: Steven Markwick Reviewer: Michael Gray Daphne du Maurier's chilling tale, Don't Look Now, is given a strikingly theatrical outing at the Queen's this autumn. Neil Leyshon's adaptation from 2007 moves restlessly around Venice and Torcello. Simon Jessop boldly sets everything in a beautiful, architectural frame (designer Norman ...

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Flare Path – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer: Terence Rattigan Director: Justin Audibert Reviewer: Glen Pearce Four years ago Trevor Nunn revived Terence Rattigan’s 1942 wartime drama,Flare Path, in a production that was hailed by many as the definitive staging. Starring Sheridan Smith, that production reinvigorated what had been considered to beone of Rattigan’s more problematic works. Now, hot on the heels of fellow wartime drama,Birdsong, Original ...

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Philharmonia Orchestra – The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Conductor: Jakub Hrůša Reviewer: Tim Frost Programme: Overture: Prince Igor by Alexander Borodin Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 18 by Sergei Rachmaninov Symphony No. 7 in D Minor, Op. 70 by Antonín Dvořák The London-based Philharmonia Orchestra, 70 years this year, brings top-notch orchestral playing to the Marlowe Theatre about six times per season. Tonight the music ...

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