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Julius Caesar – Holy Trinity Church, Guildford

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Gemma Fairlie Reviewer: David Jobson It seems pertinent to produce Julius Caesar in this current political climate. Productions have made many parallels with the Roman leader and previous political regimes. In this new production staged at the Holy Trinity Church, the Guildford Shakespeare Company take the obvious route and set the play in a present day ...

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Pink Mist – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer: Owen Sheers Directors: John Retallack and George Mann Reviewer: Glen Pearce When we think of battle we may think of the infamous Red Mist – a state that sees anger erupt into pure rage. Owen Sheers' Pink Mist, though, is something more subtle but way more horrific. Poet and playwright Sheers explores with devastating effect the pink mist of the ...

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The MGM Story – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer: Chris Burgess Director and Choreographer: Matthew Cole Musical Director: Charlie Ingles Reviewer: Glen Pearce Our love affair with the big Hollywood musical shows no sign of abating. As cinema's own love letter to the genre, La La Land, looks set to score big this awards season,  the heydey of the classic Hollywood musical is revisited in The MGM Story. Sadly ...

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Black is the Color of My Voice – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer and Performer: Apphia Campbell Director: Arran Hawkins Reviewer: Paul Couch When singer Nina Simone died in 2003, the world lost one of the last great legends of the American jazz club circuit along with the likes of Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughn and Dinah Washington. Simone trained as a classical concert pianist but soon found her true vocation – playing “the ...

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Pride and Prejudice – The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Matthew Kelly & Felicity Montagu as Mr& Mrs Bennet in Pride and Prejudice

Writer: Jane Austen Adaptor: Simon Reade Director: Deborah Bruce Reviewer: Dan English   Jane Austen’s famous novel comes to life once more in this new production of Pride and Prejudice as the love story continues its UK tour. Matthew Kelly and Felicity Montagu are the Bennets as Deborah Bruce’s production unravels the tribulations of their search for successful suitors to ...

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Run The Beast Down – The Marlowe Studio, Canterbury

Writer: Titas Halder Director: Hannah Price Reviewer: Dan English Charlie suffers with insomnia, but when this is coupled with an unusual obsession with an urban fox, his life takes a dangerous turn in this bold, new one-man play at Canterbury's The Marlowe Studio. Titas Halder’s Run The Best Down is the third original production to be produced by Canterbury’s Marlowe ...

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Not Dead Enough – Orchard Theatre, Dartford

Director: Ian Talbot Writer: Shaun McKenna based on the novel by Peter James Reviewer: Dan English It is a dangerous time to be a woman in Brighton as the latest play inspired by the novels of Peter James embarks on its newest UK tour. Not Dead Enough is the third in a series of plays created as adaptations from the ...

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Henceforward… – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guilford

Writer and Director:  Alan Ayckbourn Reviewer: Steve Turner Thirty years on from receiving the Evening Standard ‘Best Comedy’ award, this  Ayckbourn has lost none of the humour that gained it the award, however, the reason for the laughter has changed. Where 30 years ago the idea that one might be bugged by the constant ringing of mobile phones and video ...

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