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Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

The Cast of Sweeney Todd at The Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Music and Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim Book: Hugh Wheeler Adaptation: Christopher Bond Director: Daniel Buckroyd Musical Director: Michael Haslam Reviewer: Glen Pearce Those who think stage musicals are all sequins, kick lines and jazz hands have obviously never been to Stephen Sondheim’s darkest of works, Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. To be fair, there’s been much debate over ...

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Beauty and the Beast– Theatre Royal, Norwich

Director: David Nixon Reviewer: Lu Greer   The recent resurgence of Disney in the form of a seemingly never-ending stream of live-action retellings could be very good news for the current Northern Ballet tour of Beauty and the Beast, or, it could bode very badly indeed. While stories such as this have become popular once more and have brought yet ...

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Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story – Orchard Theatre, Dartford

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Writer: Alan Janes Director: Matt Salisbury Choreographer: Miguel Angel Reviewer: Dan English One of the original jukebox musicals, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, makes its rock and roll stop in Dartford, retelling the life of 50s musical superstar Buddy Holly. Buddy, written by Alan Janes, debuted in 1989, although Holly's legion of loyal fans are still flocking to see the ...

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DNA – New Wolsey Theatre Studio, Ipswich

Writer: Dennis Kelly Director: Rob Salmon Reviewer: Paul Couch What happens when our behaviour spirals out of control? Do we try to arrest it and risk making matters worse, or do we let it freefall in the hope that the end result won’t be as bad as we initially feared? When you're trying to plug multiple holes in a dyke, ...

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Night Must Fall – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer: Emlyn Williams Director: Luke Sheppard Reviewer: Paul Couch Emlyn Williams’ Night Must Fall was written in 1934 (first produced in 1935) and, at the time, must have seemed shocking to an audience with just access to embryonic cinema and television yet to arrive. By 2016, it has dated, of course, but not as much as one would expect. The ...

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Much Ado About Nothing – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Pia Furtado Composer: Rebecca Applin Reviewer: Michael Gray No hint of the romance or sunshine of Messina here. We're in the spartan canteen of a British regiment – motto Perfer et Obdura. There's a telly in the corner, a servery, tables for mess and for ping-pong. A chorus of Homeward Bound and Don Pedro marches his ...

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Much Ado About Nothing – Festival Theatre, Chichester

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Christopher Luscombe Reviewer: Bill Avenell   The Royal Shakespeare Company and Chichester Festival Theatre treat the press to a double bill of Love’s Labour’s Lost and Much Ado About Nothing, presented one after the other, raising the often debated subject of is Much Adoindeed the lost Love’s Labour’s Won. Here is a chance to see both ...

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

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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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