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The Holly And The Ivy – Civic Theatre, Chelmsford

Writer: Wynyard Brown Director: Michael Lunney Reviewer: Michael Gray   A solid old-fashioned three-acter from Middle Ground, touring again as the shops stock up for Christmas. Set in the freezing winter of 1947, it brings a family together on Christmas Eve in the parsonage, where they all “learn a thing or two about each other”. We're back in a world ...

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The Turn of the Screw– Theatre Royal, Norwich

Writer: Henry James Composer: Benjamin Britten Libretto:Myfanwy Piper Director: Jonathan Kent Reviewer: Lu Greer   Henry James’ The Turn of the Screw tells the story of a governess who travels to work at a remote country house after the untimely demise of the last person to hold the rôle. She takes care of Miles and Flora, in the absense of ...

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This Is My Family – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer: Tim Firth Director: Daniel Evans Musical Director: Caroline Humphris Reviewer: Glen Pearce   You can’t choose your family the saying goes but, for Tim Firth, the family makes the perfect subject for a musical. In doing so he turns the everyday into what may just be one of the finest new British musicals for many a year. The plot ...

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Return To The Forbidden Planet – Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch

Writer: Bob Carlton Director: Bob Carlton Musical Supervisor and Arranger: Julian Littman Musical Director: Greg Last Reviewer: Michael Gray   Artistic Director Bob Carlton is bowing out after 17 years at the Queen's Hornchurch. And what better swan song than his Olivier award-winning musical, making its umpteenth appearance here before launching a national tour and finally splashing down in Manchester ...

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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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