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Tonight’s The Night – Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Director: Caroline Jay Ranger Choreographer: Denise Ranger Musical Director: Griff Johnson Reviewer: Rhiannon Lawson Jukebox musicals…you know the deal. Option the first – a musical based around the life and times of the artist, AKA Jersey Boys. Option two, a night of songs by the artist with some vague biographical thread such as Thriller. Or finally, a wonton thin story ...

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Tannhäuser – Theatre Royal, Norwich

Composer and Lyricist: Richard Wagner Conductor: Fabrice Bollon Director: Eva-Maria Höckmayr Reviewer: Glen Pearce   Wagner’s Tannhäuser was one of his most popular operas during his own lifetime but it’s a work that has fallen somewhat out of fashion recently. Eva-Maria Höckmayr’s production for Theatre Freiburg, however, reclaims it in an exhilarating production. Wagnerian opera deserves to be seen on ...

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Latitude Festival: Hopelessly Devoted

Writer: Kate Tempest Directors: James Grieve,Stef O’Driscoll Reviewer: Paul Couch Life behind bars is never easy but when your cellmate is your soul mate and recreational lover, and her sentence is a fraction of yours, then it’s catastrophic disaffection waiting to happen. In Paines Plough’s offering for this year’s Latitude festival, Chess and Serena find themselves in exactly that position. ...

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Latitude Festival: Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott

Reviewer: Craig Barber Some voices are just made to go together. Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott are one such pair, having pursued solo projects they have regrouped and are back recording together. Fresh from Glastonbury the duo take to the Obelisk Arena as the sun beats down on the early afternoon festival-goers. Despite the heat and the hour there’s a ...

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Latitude Festival: Ballet Revolución

Choreographer: Aaron Cash and Roclan Gonzales Chavez   The Latitude Waterfront stage has become something of a dance phenomenon at the festival. Dance curators Sadler's Wells estimate that in the six years that they’ve been at the Festival around 40,000 people have watched their dance programme. This year, their seventh year, if anything, the numbers watching on both sides of ...

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Latitude Festival: The Only Way Is Downton

Writer and Performer: Luke Kempner Director: Owen Lewis Reviewer: Craig Barber   The Dowager Duchess probably wouldn’t approve but there’s change afoot at Downtown Abbey. Well actually it’s the Dowager herself causing the change, about to marry a 20 year man and heading out on a wild hen party – after watching X Factor of course No, Julian Fellowes hasn’t ...

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Latitude Festival: The Itinerant Music Hall

Director: Jessica Edwards Reviewer: Paul Couch   It’s a strange beast, Vaudeville. It officially declined with the introduction of cinema in the 1930s. There was no great battle of cultures, however, it was a simply a case that public appetites changed and the silver screen got a foothold onto the music hall stage, slowly sweeping aside the live performers. In ...

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Latitude Festival: Full Stop

Co-Directors:Neil Bettles and Gemma Fairlie Reviewer: Craig Barber All human life is here. The saying has been used countless times but it’s unlikely ever to have been applied to a bus stop. Asportrayed in Light The Fuses’ Full Stop though, it becomes an appropriate description. A London bus stop has been transported into the middle of Henham Park and in ...

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