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The Norman Conquests – Chichester Festival Theatre

Writer: Alan Ayckbourn Director: Blanche McIntyre Reviewer: David Guest Seeing just one part of Alan Ayckbourn’s comic trilogy The Norman Conquests, splendidly revived at Chichester Festival Theatre as the final offering in a successful summer season, is like eating only one component part of a trifle: the jelly, sponge, cream or custard alone might offer a tasty treat but when put ...

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Fiddler On The Roof – Chichester Festival Theatre

Book: Joseph Stein Music: Jerry Bock Lyrics: Sheldon Harnick Director: Daniel Evans Reviewer: Bill Avenell It is a nice touch of Chichester to provide a real live fiddler on the roof of the Festival Theatre to welcome the audience at last night’s show. The said fiddler, a very accomplished Darius Luke Thompson, was forced from his lofty perch by the ...

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40 Years On – Chichester Festival Theatre

The Company of 40 Years On

Writer: Alan Bennett Director: Daniel Evans Reviewer: Simon Topping This is Daniel Evans’ first outing for Chichester Festival theatre as their new artistic director and in his selection of Alan Bennett’s first foray into full-length playwriting, Forty Years On, the audience are treated to an excellent selection of amusing and poignant set pieces that capture the past. It is 1968 and ...

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The Complete Deaths – Festival Theatre, Chichester

Clowning troupe Spymonkey in The Complete Deaths

Adapter/Director: Tim Crouch Designer: Lucy Bradridge Composer:  Toby Park  Reviewer: Bill Avenell It all depends on your point of view. If silliness, clever ideas, slapstick, a bit of puerile humour and generally no sense of anything deep and meaningful leads to a good night out then The Complete Deaths is for you. If it is important to have a purpose ...

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The Nutcracker – Chichester Festival Theatre

Music: Pyotr IlyichTchaikovsky Director: Lyudmila Nerubaschenko Conductor: Igor Shavruk Choreography: Victor Smirnov-Golovanov Reviewer: Bill Avenell There is something magical about the phrase ‘going to the ballet’ and, by and large, the Moscow City  Ballet (MCB) does its bit to maintain that reputation in the 2017 tour that commences at Chichester Festival Theatre. Firmly in the classical Russian School, the MCB ...

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Christmas Concerts – Chichester Festival Theatre

The Band of HM Royal Marines Portsmouth and Chichester Cathedral Choir   Conductor: Captain Ian Davis Reviewer : Steve Turner Famed for their versatility, the Royal Marines show this extends well beyond their military prowess and into the realms of entertainment. Conductor, Director of Music and tonight’s compere, Captain Ian Davis, sets the tone early on with some well-chosen quips and ...

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The Dresser – Chichester Festival Theatre

The Dresser

Writer: Ronald Harwood Director: Sean Foley Reviewer: Bill Avenell There is always a slightly guilty pleasure felt in laughing at a play which is based on a harrowing subject, but as well as being a first-rate production of a well-written play, The Dresser at Chichester is extremely amusing, partly because of Ronald Harwood’s tight script and partly because the players, ...

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A Room With A View – Chichester Festival Theatre

Writer: E.M. Forster Adaptor: Simon Reade Director: Adrian Noble Reviewer: Bill Avenell It must be a bit of a challenge to turn a full-length novel into a two-hour play, but Simon Reade does a very reasonable job in this adaptation for the stage of E.M. Forster’s famous work. Social and political upheaval in Edwardian England is remarkably topical in the ...

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