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The Best Thing – The Marlowe Studio, Canterbury

Vamos Theatre in The Best Thing

Writer and Director: Rachael Savage Composer: Janie Armour Reviewer: Dan English   It is a visit back to the swinging sixties for the Marlowe Studio in Canterbury as Vamos Theatre bring their heartbreaking new production, The Best Thing. The talented masked company, directed by Rachael Savage, tell the story of Susan, who is caught up in the free love spirit ...

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Somewhere In England – Eastern Angles (Touring)

The Cast of Eastern Angles Somewhere In England

Writer: Polly Wiseman Director: Gari Jones Reviewer: Michael Gray “Somewhere in England” - that's as precise as the wartime censors will allow. But we're in Suffolk, most probably – Horham is mentioned – and this is another fascinating piece of social history acted out under East Anglian skies. Polly Wiseman's powerful play tells of the experience of Joe Turner, a ...

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Shadowlands – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Shadowlands cast sat around a table having tea

Writer: William Nicholson Director: Alastair Whatley Reviewer: Glen Pearce   In the stuffy corridors of post-war Oxford University, a professor debated the relationship between love, pain, suffering and God. It’s a dilemma he understands intrinsically. Reserved, suppressing emotions and living with his brother, the professor unexpectedly finds love late in life in the form of a brash American divorceewho has ...

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King Charles III – Theatre Royal, Norwich

Robert Powell as King Charles III

Writer: Mike Bartlett Director: Rupert Goold Reviewer: Paul Couch   ”The Queen is dead – Long Live The King!” Not so long ago, such was the reverence offered to the Royal Family, a depiction of this event on stage would have been unthinkable. No so with Mike Bartlett’s “Fakespearean” epic, King Charles III, which premiered at the Almeida Theatre in ...

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Single Spies – Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Single Spies press image

Writer: Alan Bennett Director: Rachel Kavanaugh Reviewer: Dan English There are spies to be caught out as Alan Bennett's comedy double bill Single Spies arrives at Canterbury's Marlowe Theatre as part of its UK tour. Directed by Rachel Kavanaugh and split into two one-act plays, Single Spies is a comedy that looks at a Russian spy ring that infiltrated the ...

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Much Ado About Nothing – Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch

Much Ado ABout Nothing at The Queen's Theatre, Hornchurch

Director: Douglas Rintoul Musical Director: Julian Littman Reviewer: Michael Gray   Celebrations at the Queen's Theatre in Hornchurch. as Shakespeare is celebrated, 400 after his death. A new Artistic Director [Douglas Rintoul] is welcomed to the Billet Lane theatre, and, put out more flags, World War II is over, and Claudio and his chums come victorious home to start Much ...

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Tell Me On A Sunday – Civic Theatre, Chelmsford

Jodie Prenger in Tell Me On A Sunday

Lyricist: Don Black Composer: Andrew Lloyd Webber Director: Paul Foster Musical Director: Peter McCarthy Reviewer: Michael Gray   The nation's favourite Nancy, Jodie Prenger, brings her considerable vocal and dramatic talents to the classic Andrew Lloyd Webber song cycle, first developed in the late seventies, and appearing in many guises since, including the successful West End double bill Song and ...

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The Last Five Years – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Katie Birtill and Chris-Cowley

Writer: Jason Robert Brown Director: Peter Rowe Musical Director: Caroline Humphris Reviewer: Michael Gray   Rumoured to be based on the writer's own marriage woes, this charming chamber musical fits the Wolsey like a glove. The structure is ingenious, with more than a hint of I Do, I Do and Merrily We Roll Along. Bride and groom meet – and ...

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