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An Evening of Burlesque – Civic Theatre, Chelmsford

Producer: Michael Taylor Reviewer: Michael Gray   The ghost of good old variety haunts this successful touring show. Tease not sleaze is their watchword, so while there are jiggling bottoms and whirling tassels galore, plus a little mild innuendo, there's nothing to frighten the horses, or indeed to justify the 18+ rating. The auditorium is packed with punters, mostly in ...

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Cats – Theatre Royal, Norwich

Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber Lyrics: T.S. Eliot Director: Trevor Nunn Reviewer: Lu Greer While Cats has become a theatre legend, having run in the West End for over twenty years and had many successful touring runs, its actual narrative isn’t particularly well known. And that’s because it barely has one. The show was created by Andrew Lloyd Webber from a ...

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The Mikado – Civic Theatre, Chelmsford

Director: Jeff Clarke Revival Director: Jenny Arnold Musical Director: Ben Holder Reviewer: Michael Gray The Mikado was always a fashion statement. All things Japanese were the rage in 1880s London, and Liberty's, no less, dressed the original production at the Savoy. So it is absolutely appropriate that Gilbert's tale of the cheap tailor turned executioner should start in a sweat-shop, ...

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Theatre Royal, Norwich

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Edward Hall Reviewer: Lu Greer A Midsummer Night’s Dream, one of Shakespeare’s two truly original plays, is a story full of magic and whimsy as it tells the stories of four sets of characters and is interwoven predominantly by love. With this being the focus of the play, and it revolving around three sets of male/female ...

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Entertaining Mr Sloane – Civic Theatre, Chelmsford

Writer: Joe Orton Director: Michael Cabot Reviewer: Michael Gray Junk and rubbish; everything bar the kitchen sink piled up around the acting area – threatening to engulf these squalid characters – making a chaotic arena for the unsavoury shenanigans caused by the arrival of a footloose foundling in the bosom of this most dysfunctional of families. It also provides some ...

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The Comedy of Errors – Theatre Royal, Norwich

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Edward Hall Reviewer: Lu Greer The Comedy of Errors, one of Shakespeare’s earliest plays, as well as one of the most farcical, is full of mad antics, slapstick comedy and ingenious wordplay. Being taken on by Propeller, an all-male company renowned for bringing their own brand of humour and accessibility to the works of the Bard, ...

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Finding Joy – Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Writer and Director: Rachael Savage Music and Sound Editor: Janie Armour Reviewer: Rhiannon Lawson   A fully masked play with no dialogue about dementia? Well that sounds like a harrowing night out – but I promise, this is a play which is more than worth the tears. If you ever ranked types of theatre with mime firmly at the bottom, ...

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Betty Blue Eyes – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Book: Ron Cowen &Daniel Lipman Music: George Stiles Lyrics: Anthony Drewe Director: Daniel Buckroyd Choreographer: Andrew Wright Musical Director: Richard Reeday Reviewer: Michael Gray   Not since Babe has there been such a winsome pig to tug at the heart-strings. Betty is the clandestine hog roast on the hoof in Alan Bennett's film A Private Function, now, thirty years on, ...

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