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The Secret Seven  – Storyhouse, Chester

Writer: Enid Blyton Adaptor: Glen Maxwell Director: Alex Clifton Reviewer: Mel Duncan ‘Lashings of ginger beer!’ The Secret Seven are beloved, and almost the stuff of English folklore.  Generation after generation of children have grown up living vicariously within Enid Blyton’s beautifully crafted pages, and inside the heads of arguably ever adult in the English speaking world adventures have been ...

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Of Kith and Kin – Bush Theatre, London

Writer: Chris Thompson Director: Robert Hastie Reviewer: Stephen Bates The details of Chris Thompson’s new three-act play, first seen at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, may be very modern, but the style of its opening is distinctly old-fashioned. A living room, an expecting married couple and a cantankerous, interfering mother-in-law are staples of domestic comedy, but the modern twist is ...

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The March on Russia – Orange Tree Theatre, London

Writer: David Storey Director: Alice Hamilton Reviewer: Richard Maguire Until this year, theatre reviewers had to exercise caution when it came to writing about David Storey plays. Reliable rumour has it that back in 1976 Storey slapped The Guardian’s Michael Billington around the head after he had written a particularly sniffy review of Storey’s new play. In fact, there’s very ...

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While We’re Here – Bush Theatre, London

Writer: Barney Norris Director: Alice Hamilton Reviewer: Stephen Bates We hear a lot about the problems of the young, a fair bit about those of the elderly, but what about the middle-aged? Barney Norris's 70-minute play, the inaugural production in the Bush Theatre's brand new studio space, brings together two lonely people who are old enough to have regrets and ...

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Skylight – Theatr Clwyd, Mold

Writer: David Hare Director: Tamara Harvey Reviewer: Emma Boswell David Hare’s Olivier Award-winning Skylight comes to Mold’s Theatr Clwyd this month.  This new production of the 1995 drama is directed by its own Artistic Director, Tamara Harvey. Skylight tells the tale of thirty-something altruistic secondary school teacher Kyra (Jeany Spark), who is visited by both her former lover, Tom Sergeant (Jay Villiers), ...

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Sweet Charity – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Book: Neil Simon Music: Cy Coleman Lyrics: Dorothy Fields Director: Derek Bond Reviewer: Tate James This musical theatre comedy makes a sweet Christmas treat at the Royal Exchange. When Sweet Charity burst onto the Broadway Stage in the 60s, it encapsulated the spirit of the decade and, 50 years later, it still charms and delights as we follow our happy-go-lucky ...

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The Last Five Years – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Katie Birtill and Chris-Cowley

Writer: Jason Robert Brown Director: Peter Rowe Musical Director: Caroline Humphris Reviewer: Michael Gray   Rumoured to be based on the writer's own marriage woes, this charming chamber musical fits the Wolsey like a glove. The structure is ingenious, with more than a hint of I Do, I Do and Merrily We Roll Along. Bride and groom meet – and ...

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Little Shop of Horrors – The Royal Exchange, Manchester

Book and Lyrics: Howard Ashman Music: Alan Menken Director: Derek Bond Reviewer: Matt Yeoman   Audiences of Derek Bond’s current production at the Royal Exchange are in for a real Christmas botanical cracker with this production of Little Shop of Horrors. The slick, high quality production value of this show is enough to leave the audience wanting more, disturbingly similar ...

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