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Hairspray – Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds

Book: Mark O’Donnell, Thomas Meehan Music: Marc Shaiman Lyrics: Scott Whittman, Marc ShaimanDirector: Sian Couture Director: Sian Couture Musical Director: Victoria Robson Reviewer: Flip Miller Get ready Baltimore or should that be Bury St Edmunds for a high-energy, high-octane show with a cast of many. It is a tribute to the popularity of the Irving Stage Company that they attract ...

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Beautiful Thing – The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Writer: Jonathan Harvey Director: Nikolai Foster Reviewer: Tim Frost   Before Brokeback Mountain's mainstream story of gay love in an ‘unlikely’ setting there was Beautiful Thing, Jonathan Harvey’s play of teenage love set on a Thamesmead housing estate. It is a big-hearted story of characters whose lives clash on the balcony outside their three council flats. Sandra is the loud-mouthed, ...

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La Bohème– Theatre Royal, Norwich

Music: Giacomo Puccini Director: James Conway Reviewer: Lu Greer   La Bohème, one of Puccini’s most well-known operas, begins the English Touring Opera’s three night stint at the Norwich Theatre Royal which is to also include Donisetti’s The Wild Man Of the West Indies. La Bohème, set in the Latin quarter of Paris, focuses on the lives of penniless bohemians ...

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Oysters – Eastern Angles, Touring

Writer: Ivan Cutting Director: Ivan Cutting Reviewer: Glen Pearce   There’s something special about catching an Eastern Angles production out on tour. A dark winding country lane, a village hall, a crowd of local theatregoers all assembled to see theatre brought to their own doorstep. It adds a different dynamic to see the company at work in their tradition environment ...

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Circles – The Marlowe Studio, Canterbury

Devised by: Limb2Limb Director: Amanda Collins Reviewer: Dan English   Physical theatre meets the spoken word in Circles, a production by Limb2Limb, and directed by Amanda Collins, which reaches Canterbury’s Marlowe Studio as part of its tour. Circles follows the story of Alex and Kate, two siblings recounting their childhood memories through the mediums of movement and storytelling. Oliver Theobald ...

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Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense – The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Written by: P G Wodehouse Adapted by: The Goodale Brothers Director: Sean Foley Reviewer: Dan English   It’s an evening of silly slapstick and wonderful wordplay as Bertie Wooster stars in his ‘debut’ play in this touring production of Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense, directed by Sean Foley. This production, fresh from a successful run in the West End, ...

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The Picture of Doreen Gray – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer: Maggie Fox and Sue Ryding Director: Gwenda Hughes Reviewer: Glen Pearce   There’s a moment of unintentional irony in Lip Service’s latest comedy when the pair lampoon Top Gear. When writing the piece the duo couldn’t have foretold that Jeremy Clarkson would have brought the show back into the public arena this week. Maggie Fox and Sue Ryding though ...

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Half Baked – New Wolsey Studio, Ipswich

Writer: Alex Joynes Director: Chris Tomlinson Reviewer: Glen Pearce   We tend to think that young people are champions of change, wanting to redesign the established status quo to create something new. Often though the familiar environment provides a sense of shelter and comfort and the prospect of forced change is terrifying to those just begin to find their own ...

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