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Mark Thomas: Cuckooed – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer and performer: Mark Thomas Reviewer: Glen Pearce You can’t accuse Mark Thomas of not giving value for money. Although he claims he does his own warm up act to save money, his first act stand-up routine, ahead of the headline second act performance of his play Cuckooed, provides arguably the highlight of the evening The comedian, journalist and self-confessed ...

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Playland – Mumford Theatre, Cambridge

Writer: Athol Fugard Director: Jack McNamara Reviewer: David Tickner Playland is one of Athol Fugard’s most personal yet least performed plays, and New Perspectives is to be commended in taking it on tour around our region. The action takes place late on New Year’s Eve, 1989, in a shabby corner of a travelling amusement park. The atmosphere is immediately conveyed ...

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Lion Boy – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Writer: Zizou Corder Adaptor: Marcelo Dos Santos Directors: Clive Mendus and James Yeatman Reviewer: Michael Gray   “This is a big story – it needs to be savoured!” Complicité's first show aimed at a younger audience, now revived and touring, makes a great half-term treat for the Mercury Theatre, directed by Clive Mendus and James Yeatman after the original by ...

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All My Sons – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer: Arthur Miller Director: Michael Buffong Reviewer: Glen Pearce For many Arthur Miller is tainted by schoolday memories, with students made to study his works in an isolated classroom setting. Like many a writer though, Miller’s work, accomplished though it is on paper, really soars when performed on stage. Talawa’s electrifying revival of All My Sons, opening in Ipswich ahead ...

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Shrek, The Musical – The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Book and Lyrics: David Lindsay-Abaire Music: Jeanine Tesori Original Production Directors: Jason Moore &Rob Ashford Tour Director: Nigel Harman Reviewer: Victoria Bawtree   Fans of the Shrek movies will no doubt flock to The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury over the next 2½ weeks. With a cast of familiar characters; live band; lush costumes; slick production and amplified sound that is (hallelujah) ...

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The Woman in Black – Theatre Royal, Norwich

Writer: Susan Hill Adaptor: Stephen Mallatratt Director: Robin Herford Reviewer: Lu Greer The Woman in Black is well known throughout the country thanks to the combination of the hit film of the same name, and the status of the Susan Hill novel as a mainstay in the English curriculum. Each medium that this story is told in, however, brings an ...

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Progress – The Avenue Theatre, Ipswich

Writer and Director: Joanna Carrick Reviewer: Glen Pearce Opening a play to an Ipswich audience with the line ‘Ipswich, what a dump’ may not be the most conventional approach to getting an audience on side but it sets the tone for a frank look at Queen Elizabeth I's forerunner of the modern package holiday – her summer progress. In an ...

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Deadly Murder – Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch

Writer: David Foley Director: Simon Jessop Reviewer: Michael Gray     Not to be confused with Murder by Death, or Death by Fatal Murder, or even Murdered to Death - this is the three-hander by Manhattan playwright David Foley, also known as If/Then or Deadly Game, in which a jewellery designer to the rich and famous foolishly invites a handsome ...

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