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War Horse – The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Writer: Nick Stafford from the original by Michael Morpurgo Director: Marianne Elliott & Tom Morris Movement: Toby Sedgwick Reviewer: Neill Barston From the moment the opening sequences of War Horse play out in a rural Devonshire field, this remarkable work of theatre remains truly captivating. As its author Michael Morpurgo – who attended the Canterbury press night marking the 10th ...

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Shirley Valentine – The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Jodie Prenger as Shirley Valentine

Writer: Willy Russell Director: Glen Walford Reviewer: Victoria Bawtree Willy Russell’s one-woman play, Shirley Valentine, is enjoying a revival tour, 30 years after its first performance.  Despite being written and set in the 1980s, however, Russell’s monologue is still relevant today. Jodie Prenger plays the 42-year-old housewife from Liverpool who is trapped in a monotonous marriage with only “wall” to keep ...

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Gutted – The Marlowe Studio, Canterbury

Writer: Sharon Byrne Director: Nicola Samer Reviewer: Amy Jane Smith Sharon Byrne takes us back to 1980s Dublin in new play Gutted, where a fish factory floor becomes the stage for three women’s stories of one life-changing night. Through alternating monologues, we experience the lives of Deirdre (Rose O’Loughlin), Dolores (Nancy Sullivan) and Breda (Lucia Mcanespie) – workers and women united ...

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Pride and Prejudice – The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Matthew Kelly & Felicity Montagu as Mr& Mrs Bennet in Pride and Prejudice

Writer: Jane Austen Adaptor: Simon Reade Director: Deborah Bruce Reviewer: Dan English   Jane Austen’s famous novel comes to life once more in this new production of Pride and Prejudice as the love story continues its UK tour. Matthew Kelly and Felicity Montagu are the Bennets as Deborah Bruce’s production unravels the tribulations of their search for successful suitors to ...

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Run The Beast Down – The Marlowe Studio, Canterbury

Writer: Titas Halder Director: Hannah Price Reviewer: Dan English Charlie suffers with insomnia, but when this is coupled with an unusual obsession with an urban fox, his life takes a dangerous turn in this bold, new one-man play at Canterbury's The Marlowe Studio. Titas Halder’s Run The Best Down is the third original production to be produced by Canterbury’s Marlowe ...

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Dick Whittington – The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Writer and Director: Paul Hendy Musical Director: Chris Wong Reviewer: Victoria Bawtree Dick Whittington is given the right royal treatment with Helga Wood’s sumptuous red, blue and gold set and Chris Wong’s expert musical direction – the cast is right to big him up at the end – the precision timing, tight-knit sound and variety of musical numbers is impressive ...

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Relatively Speaking – The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Writer: Alan Ayckbourn Director: Robin Herford Reviewer: Dan English   In Relatively Speaking, the quintessential British comedy, there are mistaken identities aplenty, which now reaches Canterbury's Marlowe Theatre as part of its UK tour. Written by Alan Ayckbourn, Relatively Speaking sees besotted but insecure Greg (Antony Eden) resolve to marry his girlfriend of just a month, Ginny (Lindsey Campbell). The ...

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Romeo and Juliet – The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Based on the work by: William Shakespeare Choreographer: Jean-Christophe Maillot Composer: Sergei Prokofiev Reviewer: Tim Frost   Northern Ballet has a recent history of unusual and interesting productions, frequently using the stories from famous novels (The Great Gatsby; Jane Eyre; Wuthering Heights; all recent productions) to create new fusions of dance and music. For their contribution to the year of ...

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