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Lend Me A Tenor – Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch

Writer: Ken Ludwig Director: Matt Devitt Reviewer: Michael Gray Cut to the Chase are on cracking form in this riotously funny revival of Ken Ludwig's backstage farce. But as the stunning set by Mark Walters and the Queen's workshop reveals, we're not in the wings, or the green room, but a shamelessly tasteless suite – blue and pink, dripping with ...

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The Lord of the Flies – Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Writer: William Golding Director/Choreographer: Scott Ambler &Matthew Bourne Music: Terry Davies Reviewer: Victoria Bawtree   Matthew Bourne has to be one of the most well-known names in the world of dance and innovation, bringing dance to huge audiences across the world. In his latest production he works with Scott Ambler, an associate artist of his company ‘New Adventures’. The Lord ...

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You’re Never Too Old – Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds

Writer: Steve Wood Director: Danusia Iwaszko Reviewer: Glen Pearce   Theatre is often obsessed with the new. The latest new writer held up as the shining voice of a new generation. Steve Wood’s You’re Never Too Old unashamedly plays to a much different demographic, an audience who have experienced life but still hope there is more to explore. It’s a ...

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To Kill a Mockingbird– Theatre Royal, Norwich

Writer: Harper Lee - adapted by Christopher Sergel Director: Timothy Sheader Reviewer: Lu Greer   Harper Lee’s 1960 novel To Kill a Mockingbird, which tells the story of 1930s Alabama in the midst of depression and segregation, is one which is known at least superficially by most people thanks to Gregory Peck’s famous portrayal of Atticus Finch in the 1962 ...

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Stowaway – New Wolsey Studio, Ipswich

Writer: Hannah Barker and Lewis Hetherington Director: Hannah Barker and Lewis Hetherington Reviewer: Glen Pearce Here in East Anglia, close to major ports, we’ve become all too familiar with the tragic stories of stoways being discovered in shipping containers. These poor souls are often found after they hid in the metal boxes, unaware that the container could be on board ...

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To Kill a Mockingbird – Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Writer: Harper Lee Adaptor: Christopher Sergel Director: Timothy Sheader Reviewer: Rhiannon Lawson Harper Lee’s classic novel To Kill A Mockingbird has become a favourite story for many people over the years, its power to move unprecedented and Timothy Sheader’s production through its inventive staging and excellent cast does not disappoint. Christopher Sergal’s adaptation brings the emotional punch of the novel ...

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Ragnarok – The Hush House, RAF Bentwaters

Writer: Charles Way Director: Hal Chambers Reviewer: Paul Couch   Other than perhaps Beowulf, tales from antiquity don’t come much more epic than Ragnarok, the End of Days for the gods and mythical beings of Asgard. In Charlie Wray’s re-imagining for Eastern Angles, Thor, Loki the Trickster, and Odin All-Father are all present and correct but expect no Marvel Studios ...

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Merry It Was To Laugh There – Mercury Studio, Colchester

Director: Jules Easlea and Ignatius Anthony Reviewer: Michael Gray   There is something of a Mercury homecoming for this timely anthology; the director and the performers all familiar faces in this house. Devised by the cast and directed by Ignatius Anthony and producer Jules Easlea, the show mingles great poetry with the voices of the lads on the front and, ...

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