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Eternal Love – Arts Theatre, Cambridge

Writer: Howard Brenton Director: John Dove Reviewer: Glen Pearce   When you think of Shakespeare’s Globe and a classic love story you instantly think of Romeo &Juliet, but in Eternal Love (first performed at The Globe under its previous title In Extremis). A love affair between a 12th Century scholar and his pupil seems a less likely subject for a ...

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Pygmalion – Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds

Writer: George Bernard Shaw Director: Chris Line Reviewer: Glen Pearce   In a year when there are a number of theatrical production marking the centenary of the First World War, there’s another 100 year anniversary that has perhaps gone unnoticed. Though written two years previously, 1914 saw the first performance of Pygmalion and while it has gone through various incarnations ...

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Our Man In Havana – Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch

Writer: Clive Francis, from the novel by Graham Greene Director: Bob Carlton Reviewer: Michael Gray Havana Mojitos in the bar, Cuban Sandwiches in the café, a Daiquiri recipe in the programme – a very authentic flavour of Cuba for the first Cut to the Chase show of 2014. Graham Greene's comic masterpiece is set in 50s Havana, before Castro and ...

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Doctor Faustus – Arts Theatre, Cambridge

Writer: Christopher Marlowe Director: Drew Mulligan Reviewer: Jack Trott How else would it be fitting to celebrate the 450th anniversary of Christopher Marlowe’s birth by The Marlowe Society of Cambridge University than a staging of his most famous and well know play, Doctor Faustus. The play being the first to be performed by the society in 1907, the most commonly ...

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The Play That Goes Wrong – Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Writers: Henry Shields, Henry Lewis &Jonathan Sayer Director: Mark Bell Reviewer: Victoria Bawtree Its title may lend a strong clue as to this play’s subject, but it doesn’t prepare an audience for the stuff of nightmares that befalls the Cornley Polytechnic Society’s Am-Dram troupe as it embarks on its first ever National Tour of ‘Murder at Haversham Manor’ … pause ...

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Thumbelina’s Great Big Adventure – The Junction, Cambridge

Writer: Hans Christian Andersen devisers: Valentina Ceschi, Thomas Eccleshare, Rew Lowe, Tom Penn Director: Valentina Ceschi and Thomas Eccleshare Reviewer: Flip Miller The tale of Thumbelina is a tried and tested one and the Dancing Brick company certainly bring it to life and add their own quirky twist on the Hans Christian Andersen classic. The story is of a diminutive ...

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Cinderella – Marina Theatre, Lowestoft

Director: David Samuel Musical Director: Chris Huntley Reviewer: Glen Pearce It’s a stormy December night at England’s most easterly panto but inside the Marina Theatre its warmth and smiles another new generation of future theatregoers gets its first taste of live theatre The Marina may not have the world’s largest stage but that doesn’t stop it pulling out all the ...

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