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Aladdin – Civic Theatre, Chelmsford

Cast promotional picture featuring Genie, Aladdin and Princess

Writer and Director: Simon Aylin Reviewer: Michael Gray   Simon Aylin's snappy Aladdin begins with a prologue set in the Stygian supervillain's lair - the dastardly Abanazar appearing on his throne in a puff of smoke, supported by a team of black-clad avian minions from the excellent juvenile chorus. After that it's a more or less faithful romp through the ...

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Absent Friends – Civic Theatre, Chelmsford

  Writer: Alan Ayckbourn Director : Michael Cabot Reviewer:Michael Gray The theatre of embarrassment. A very English genre, and one of which Ayckbourn is the undisputed master. There's no better example than this gem from forty years ago. An era cleverly captured in Simon Kenny's evocative set. York Stone fireplace (electric fire where the log-burner would be today), frosted glass ...

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The Business Of Murder – Civic Theatre, Chelmsford

Writer:Richard Harris Director and Designer: Michael Lunney Reviewer:MichaelGray   A mild-mannered man, just the wrong side of middle age. His modest one-bed flat in the suburbs. A police detective - “clever, clever copper”and a woman who's had some success as a writer of police dramas for the television. Such are the ingredients for Richard Harris's intricately plotted thriller.In the tradition ...

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Peter Pan – Civic Theatre, Chelmsford

Writer: Simon Aylin Director: Nik Ashton Musical Director: Tom Curran Reviewer: Michael Gray   Another Christmas family show from One From The Heart for Chelmsford's Civic. This time writer Simon Aylin turns to Barrie's timeless Peter Pan, popular on stage since 1904. His livelynewversion, dumbed down a little for us “TOWIE rabble”, still has most of the familiar elements: flying, ...

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Bouncers – Civic Theatre, Chelmsford

Writer: John Godber Director: Keith Hukin Reviewer: Michael Gray   Bouncers, the 80s hit show that spawned Shakers, Stags and Hens and many lesser tributes, is a classic now, up there with Macbeth and Neville's Island on the GCSE syllabus. So the stalls are packed with the “Children of England”, amused at being frisked by the “door staff”, bemused at ...

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Ha Ha Hood And The Prince Of Leaves – Civic Theatre, Chelmsford

Writer: Ben Langley Composer: Griff Johnson Director: Jamie Wilson Reviewer: Michael Gray   Last year it was Ha Ha Holmes with Joe Pasquale. This year it's Ha Ha Hood, Prince of Leaves. Ben Langley, proud begetter of the Ha Ha series, has some advice for the audience - “Lower your standards!”. And, we might add, turn back the clock. It's ...

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An Evening of Burlesque – Civic Theatre, Chelmsford

Producer: Michael Taylor Reviewer: Michael Gray   The ghost of good old variety haunts this successful touring show. Tease not sleaze is their watchword, so while there are jiggling bottoms and whirling tassels galore, plus a little mild innuendo, there's nothing to frighten the horses, or indeed to justify the 18+ rating. The auditorium is packed with punters, mostly in ...

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The Mikado – Civic Theatre, Chelmsford

Director: Jeff Clarke Revival Director: Jenny Arnold Musical Director: Ben Holder Reviewer: Michael Gray The Mikado was always a fashion statement. All things Japanese were the rage in 1880s London, and Liberty's, no less, dressed the original production at the Savoy. So it is absolutely appropriate that Gilbert's tale of the cheap tailor turned executioner should start in a sweat-shop, ...

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