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Private Lives – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford.   

 Writer: Noel Coward Director: Michael Cabot Reviewer: Bill Avenell If Mr. Bridger, the criminal mastermind of the 1968 film The Italian Job, had ever written a play it would have been Private Lives, a clever fantasy about self-centered and thoroughly unpleasant people who don’t get their comeuppance. Clever it certainly is with much of the witty and pacey dialogue that ...

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Sleeping Beauty– Theatre Royal, Norwich

Writer and Director: Richard Gauntlett Reviewer: Lu Greer The tree lights are twinkling, presents are being wrapped, and there's still no sign of snow. This can only mean two things: Christmas is coming and Richard Gauntlett has got a giant multi-coloured dress on again. The Theatre Royal Norwich panto is once again written and directed by Gauntlett, with him also taking on ...

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Dick Whittington – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford.

Writer and Director: Jamie Smith               Reviewer:  Bill Avenell These may be somewhat disturbing and unsettling times in world affairs but it is reassuring to know that ‘some things don’t change’, and if the phrase applies anywhere then it certainly applies to this year’s Christmas offering of Dick Whittington at the Yvonne Arnaud. Once again the Guildford theatre applies a ...

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Wait Until Dark – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford.

Writer: Frederick Knott Director: Alastair Whatley Reviewer: Bill Avenell The Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford has a deserved reputation for quality productions but unfortunately, this touring production from The Original Theatre Company falls short of its usual high standards in this revival of Frederick Knott’s 1966 thriller. Some of the blame lies with the choice of play which has dated ...

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The Weir – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre,  Guildford

Writer: Conor McPherson Director: Adele Thomas Reviewer: Steve Turner The Weir of the title is a run-down pub somewhere in the Irish countryside. Here we meet Jack the local garage owner, Jim an odd job man and sometime assistant to Jack, and Brendan the landlord, passing the evening together as they would seem to pass many evenings. Enter Finbar, a sometime ...

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The Little Mermaid – The New Victoria Theatre, Woking 

Director and choreographer: David Nixon Reviewer: Sophie Huggins Diving fins first into their Autumn season is the Leeds based dance company Northern Ballet with a whimsical and watery reimagining of a classic: The Little Mermaid, a new ballet based on the 1837 Hans Christian Andersen fairytale. With all its creative elements forging a powerful show, it is unclear what leaves ...

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NEWS: Peterborugh gears up for 3rd Platform8 Festival

Peterborough audiences are gearing up this week for the third season of Platform8, the theatre festival that brings national touring shows to the city. Organised by local theatre company Jumped Up Theatre, in association with Battersea Arts Centre, Platform8 runs across Peterborough from 8 to 12 November, bring four plays, three workshops, a free film and a virtual reality installation ...

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The Real Thing – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Writer: Tom Stoppard Director: Stephen Unwin Reviewer: Steve Turner Written and first performed in 1982 Tom Stoppard’s study of love, deception and infidelity retains its raw edge and soft underside and still feels very contemporary. Perhaps as a reflection of how little change there is in our feelings about love and friendship, the only things in the script which date ...

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