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84 Charing Cross Road – Darlington Hippodrome

Based on the novel by Helene Hanff Adaptor: James Roose-Evans Director: Richard Beecham Reviewer: Mark Clegg In an age of emails, Skype and instant messaging it’s now difficult to remember the not-to-distant past when the main way of people communicating over long distances was writing letters. Such trans-Atlantic correspondences provide the basis for Helene Hanff’s autobiographical book as the New ...

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Beauty and the Beast – Tobacco Factory Theatre, Bristol

Writer: Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve Devised by: New International Encounter, Cambridge Junction and Alex Byrne Director: Alex Byrne Reviewer: Claire Hayes  Bristol’s Tobacco Factory has garnered a deserved reputation for the quality of its family Christmas shows and this year’s playfully quirky Beauty and the Beast is no exception. Think Disney unplugged; New International Encounter (NIE) and Cambridge Junction under the direction ...

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The Two Gentlemen of Verona – Grosvener Park Open Air Theatre, Chester

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Alex Clifton Reviewer: Mel Duncan ‘They do not love, that do not show their love’ – a folly of youthful naïvity? Shakespeare’s first play, as full of youthful ambition as is humanly possible, is a demanding undertaking for any company, and requires a skilful handling from both player and director. The raw emotions accompanying coming of ...

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As You Like It – Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre, Chester

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Phillip Wilson Composer and Musical Director: Jon Nicholas Reviewer: Abbie Rippon This year Storyhouse has brought three classic tales to Chester’s summer open air season, and what other way to while away a summer evening than enjoying the revelries of the Forest of Arden watching the bards classic As You Like It with a glass of ...

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Alice – Theatre in the Quarter at St Mary’s Centre, Chester

Writer: Lewis Carroll Adaptor: Stephanie Dale Composer: Matt Baker Director: Peter Leslie Wild Reviewer: John Roberts Theatre in the Quarter (the only full time professional theatre company in Chester) have arguably produced their strongest Christmas production with their adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland/Through the Looking Glass stories. On the outside Alice all seems rather familiar – the characters and the ...

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