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Pygmalion – Arts Theatre, Cambridge

Writer: George Bernard Shaw Director: David Grindley Reviewer: Jack Trott To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first performance of Bernard Shaw’s, Pygmalion, Theatre Royal Bath Productions have revived this enduring classic with a star-studded and talented cast and taken it on a national tour of the UK. Using established and well-known actors is, perhaps, needed to attract audiences as ...

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Classic Ghosts – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writers: M.R.James and Charles Dickens Adaptors: Frances Evelyn and Margaret May Hobbs Director: Michael Lunney Reviewer: Glen Pearce Theatre history is littered with the corpses of stage thrillers that have failed to chill their intended audience. For every long runner such as The Woman In Black there are a multitude of supposed fright-fests that turn out to be more of ...

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Tunnels – Junction, Cambridge

Writers: Lucy Garland and Amber Onat Gregory Music: Al Watts Reviewer: Glen Pearce Theatre has the power to move, to provoke, to challenge a belief or just entertain. Despite those powerful characteristics, theatre only rarely involves all our senses. Not so Frozen Light’s Tunnels, a show that utilises light, sound, smell and touch to create a totally immersive world. Designed ...

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The Worst Of Scotee – New Wolsey Studio, Ipswich

Writer: Scottee Director: Chris Goode Reviewer: Glen Pearce The confessional seems to be in vogue. Whether it is a disgraced celeb atoning for their sins to high priestess Oprah Winfrey or the more visceral bear pit of Jeremy Kyle, the need to be seen to regret transgressions is a powerful driving force. For Scotee, though, we’re never entirely sure if ...

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‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Director: Declan Donnellan Designer: Nick Ormerod Reviewer: Paul Couch Say what you will about Will, Shakespeare stayed pretty well clear of the sordid subject of incest (we’ll gloss over the turgid Pericles with its questionable provenance, and Gertrude and Claudius weren't blood kin, so there) but his contemporary, John Ford, had no such qualms and Cheek By Jowl’s testosterone-fuelled revival ...

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Swan Lake – Theatre Royal, Norwich

Music: Tchaikovsky Choreography: Marius Petipa, Lev Ivanov, Sergi Bobrov Reviewer: Lu Greer Swan Lake is seen by many to be the quintessential ballet as it brings a combination of classic costumes, well known music, and classic dance. As the Russian State Ballet of Siberia is known for keeping their productions very traditional, there was a chance that this performance would ...

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The Play That Goes Wrong – Civic Theatre, Chelmsford

Writers: Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields Director: Mark Bell Designer : Nigel Hook Reviewer: Michael Gray   The Art of Coarse Acting meets Noises Off. Co-written by Mischief Theatre company members Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields and directed by Mark Bell, The Play That Goes Wrong introduces the "Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society" whose production of a ...

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Arrivals & Departures – Arts Theatre, Cambridge

Writer &Director: Alan Ayckbourn. Reviewer: Jack Trott Think you know Alan Ayckbourn’s plays? Then think again. Arrivals &Departures is no Ayckbourn middle of the road farce, everyday characters on a gentle romp, this is as gritty, contemporary and heartfelt as it gets. This is Britain’s most prolific playwright at his best, a roller coaster ride of discovery, a lesson to ...

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