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Alice in Wonderland – Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre, Chester

Open Air Theatre - with Wonderland lettering adorning the space

Writer: Lewis Carroll Adaptor: Glyn Maxwell Director: Derek Bond Reviewer: John Roberts Family shows at the Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre have always had a strong stamp of originality and following the success of last year’s production of Stig of the Dump, the same creative team Glyn Maxwell (adaptor) and director Derek Bond have once again brought magic to city ...

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The Lost Boy – St Mary’s Creative Space, Chester

Writer: Stephanie Dale Director: Kate McGregor Reviewer: Clare Boswell Two years in the making, The Lost Boy is the latest offering by Chester-based company Theatre in the Quarter and is a timely and compelling piece based around the current refugee crisis. Writer Stephanie Dale has impressively covered a lot of ground in this 90-minute play, balancing a heart-felt and personal ...

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Jack and the Beanstalk – Forum Studio Theatre, Chester

Writer: Peter Swingler Director: Steve Davies Reviewer: John Roberts Throughout the entire of run of Jack and The Beanstalk, this hard-working cast will have played to the equivalent audience of two nights at the Liverpool Empire, but that doesn't stop this diminutive delight from hitting high on heart and delivering a mighty fine pantomime that gives the local multi-million pound ...

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The Last Five Years – Forum Studio Theatre, Chester

Michael Thomas Jenkins (Jamie) & Laura Coard (Cathy) in The Last Five Years by Monsta Productions

Music, Lyrics &Orchestration by Jason Robert Brown Director: John Garfield-Roberts Reviewer: Tate James Anyone who has ever been to a musical theatre cabaret since The Last Five Years burst onto the New York stage in 2002 has no doubt heard at least one of its numbers. Jason Robert Brown’s semi-autobiographical strings-heavy score is so often dissected for out-of-context performances of ...

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Stig of the Dump – Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre, Chester

Writer: Clive King Adaptor: Jessica Swale Director: Derek Bond Reviewers: Emma Boswell and Penny Dutton (age 9) The team behind last year’s highly acclaimed The Wind in the Willows are back working their magic in Chester’s Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre this summer. Their latest offering is an inventive and unique adaptation of Clive King’s legendary 1963 novel, Stig of ...

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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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NEWS: North West based Monsta Productions launch with Last Five Years revival

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North West based Monsta Productions have today announced that they will launch with a professional revival of Jason Robert Brown's heartbreaking musical The Last Five Years to play Chester's Forum Studio (28-30 July) and Shrewsbury's Theatre Severn (23-24 Sept). The musical which follows the unique structure of a five year relationship between aspiring actress Cathy and young novelist Jamie is ...

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