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La Finta Giardiniera – The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Lyrics: Anonymous text, thought to be by Giuseppe Petrosellini after Goldoni Director: Frederic Wake-Walker Conductor: Christopher Moulds Reviewer: Tim Frost   Mozart’s second opera is no Figaro but it shows that the eighteen year old already possessed a dramatic understanding and compositional lightness that belied his years. First performed in Munich in January 1775, it closed ...

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The Fitzrovia Radio Hour’s Dracula – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Writers: Tom Mallaburn, Phil Mulryne, Jon Edgley Bond, Cal McCrystal Director: Cal McCrystal Reviewer: Michael Gray   Fringe favourites Fitzrovia Radio Hour bring their unique Dracula to the well-appointed 1930s wireless studio on the stage of the Mercury. It could be argued that the rough edges and the cheap and cheerful approach is part of their charm, but fortunately the ...

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Beached – The Marlowe Studio, Canterbury

Writer: Melissa Bubnic Director: Justin Audibert Reviewer: Glen Pearce A mother’s love can be a wonderful thing but occasionally that love can have much darker undertones. For JoJo her life revolves around her nineteen year old son Arty. There’s nothing unusual about that - apart from the fact that Arty hasn’t left the house for three years and, at nineteen ...

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Tweet Tweet – New Wolsey Studio, Ipswich

Writer: Charlene James Director: Tom Saunders Reviewer: Glen Pearce   For many teenagers their smartphones are central to their lives. Parents may despair that communication has been reduced to SMS or tweets but there is a darker side to online communication. Popularity is no longer measured by how many physical friends you have but by how many Facebook friends you ...

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Four Nights in Knaresborough – New Wolsey Studio, Ipswich

Writer: Paul Webb Director: Rob Salmon Reviewer: Paul Couch It’s an attractive enough device – taking a largely marginal character, or in this case characters, and putting them centre stage. In Paul Webb’s only published play, the quartet of protagonists are the knights of King Henry II who were responsible for dispatching the Archbishop of Canterbury, the “turbulent priest”, Thomas ...

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Happy Birthday Sunita – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Writer: Harvey Virdi Director: Pravesh Kumar Reviewer: Glen Pearce The very best parties always take place in Kitchens, although in the case of Tejpal the 40th birthday party for daughter Sunita in her kitchen is probably one she’d like to forget. Her newly installed kitchen may look like it’s about to grace the latest series of Grand Designs but the ...

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Eric and Little Ern, New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer: Ian Ashpitel and Jonty Stephens Additional Material: Eddie Braben, Dick Hills and Sid Green Director: Owen Lewis Reviewer: Glen Pearce It’s hard to believe that this year marks the 30th anniversary of Eric Morecambe’s death. His death on 28 May 1984 brought to an end one of the most beloved comedy partnerships of all time. Such though is the ...

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Bouncers – Civic Theatre, Chelmsford

Writer: John Godber Director: Keith Hukin Reviewer: Michael Gray   Bouncers, the 80s hit show that spawned Shakers, Stags and Hens and many lesser tributes, is a classic now, up there with Macbeth and Neville's Island on the GCSE syllabus. So the stalls are packed with the “Children of England”, amused at being frisked by the “door staff”, bemused at ...

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