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Nativity! The Musical – The Grand, Leeds

Writer and Director: Debbie Isitt Songs: Nicky Ager and Debbie Isitt Reviewer: Laura Stimpson Nativity! The Musical, has zoomed into The Grand this week, bringing with it bucket loads of sparkle and shine. Based on the hit 2009 Christmas Film by Debbie Isitt, The Nativity, the narrative follows the children of the failing St Bernadette’s school in Coventry as they prepare for ...

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Wait Until Dark – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford.

Writer: Frederick Knott Director: Alastair Whatley Reviewer: Bill Avenell The Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford has a deserved reputation for quality productions but unfortunately, this touring production from The Original Theatre Company falls short of its usual high standards in this revival of Frederick Knott’s 1966 thriller. Some of the blame lies with the choice of play which has dated ...

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A Little Night Music – Watermill Theatre, Bagnor

Music and Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim Book: Hugh Wheeler Director: Paul Foster Reviewer: David Jobson Now in its 50th year, the Watermill Theatre returns to, arguably, one of the finest musical composers of all time, Stephen Sondheim. Their production of Sweeney Todd went on to London and Broadway, with a cast that combined the roles of both actor and musician. Once again ...

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A Little Night Music – Watermill Theatre, Berkshire

Music and Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim Book: Hugh Wheeler Director: Paul Foster Reviewer: David Jobson Now in their 50th year, the Watermill Theatre returns to one of the finest musical composers of all time, Stephen Sondheim. Their production of Sweeney Todd went on to London and Broadway, with a cast that combined the roles of both actor and musician. Once again ...

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Gaslight – New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Gaslight Kara Tointon as Bella Manningham; Rupert Young as Jack Manningham

Writer: Patrick Hamilton Director: Anthony Banks Reviewer:  Selwyn Knight It must be very confusing to be Mrs Manningham. Things happen that she can't explain, trinkets going missing and then reappearing in her sewing box. Her husband is losing patience with her lapses of memory. The maid laughs at her behind her back. And why do the gaslights in their home ...

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Peter and the Starcatcher – Royal & Derngate, Northampton

The cast of Peter and the Starcatcher

Writer: Rick Elice Director: Luke Sheppard Reviewer: James Garrington Everyone knows the story of Peter Pan, the boy who never grew up – the lost boys, battles with pirates, and the children who fly with him to Neverland. What happened before the book, though? How did the boys get there, why don’t they grow up? Peter and the Starcatcher promises to ...

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Night Must Fall – Exeter Northcott Theatre

Writer: Emlyn Williams Director: Luke Sheppard Reviewer: Ben Miller-Jarvest "Everyone loves a good murder," as one character quips during the evening, but Emlyn Williams’ Night Must Fall is no cosy drawing room murder mystery, but a thriller in which there is little doubt from early on who the murderer is, and therefore the tension comes from knowing the other characters ...

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Night Must Fall – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer: Emlyn Williams Director: Luke Sheppard Reviewer: Paul Couch Emlyn Williams’ Night Must Fall was written in 1934 (first produced in 1935) and, at the time, must have seemed shocking to an audience with just access to embryonic cinema and television yet to arrive. By 2016, it has dated, of course, but not as much as one would expect. The ...

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