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Aladdin – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Writer: Jamie Smith Director: Gerry Tebbutt Musical Director: Bryan Hodgson Choreographer: Jill Francis Reviewer: Bill Avenell One of the joys of going to Guildford for our annual dose of ‘Oh no he isn’t’ and ‘Look behind you’ is that we know exactly what you are going to get and don’t have to worry about whether you have seen the relevant ...

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Villette – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Anthony Robling

Writer: Linda Marshall-Griffiths Director: Mark Rosenblatt Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood This re-imagined production is based on the 1833 Charlotte Brontë novel. Villette is about Lucy Snowe, the story’s central character, who travels to Villette, a fictional village in Belgium, after experiencing the tragedy of her family. Linda Marshall-Griffiths interprets the story with Lucy being a clone who survives a deadly outbreak. ...

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Jack and the Beanstalk- Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford.

Cast with Kit Hesketh-Harvey as Dastardly Dick

Writer: Jamie Smith Director: Gerry Tebbutt Reviewer: Bill Avenell The programme entry for Jamie Brook, who once again injects life and fun into Yvonne Arnaud’s panto (this year as ‘Silly Billy’), mentions his love of the genre and his help in creating ‘a central hub of panto performers and fans alike’. Well, he makes a good start in Guildford. A ...

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The Garden – The Traverse, Edinburgh

Writer/Director: Zinnie Harris Music: John Harris Reviewer: John Roberts Zinnie Harris manages to convey quite a lot of message in her minuscule short opera, The Garden, at The Traverse Theatre - Well it’s actually in a minuscule converted office space at the Lyceum Theatre rehearsal studios, just a three-minute walk from the Traverse foyer where you congregate. The tiny space ...

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NEWS: Traverse Theatre launches 2015 Fringe programme

The Traverse Theatre features a 20-strong programme of theatre, dance and thought-provoking performance for this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The diverse programme, which features a 10thanniversary revival of Tim Crouch’s An Oak Tree, which is set to be performed in Traverse 1 by Crouch and a series of other actors in this two-part play’s run. Lucas Hnath’s The Christians, directed ...

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Snow White – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Writers: Jamie Smith, Nick White Director: Gerry Tebbutt Reviewer: Bill Avenell If you discover a tried and tested formula that works well, why change it? That is The Yvonne Arnaud’s motto when it comes to panto and Gerry Tebbutt’s annual visit to Guildford produces another successful evening that appeals to the whole range of his audience from grannies to toddlers(including ...

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Love’s Comedy, Orange Tree Theatre, London

Writer: Henrik Ibsen, (translator Don Carleton) Director: David Antrobus Reviewer: Lettie Mckie [rating:5] Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen has been forever immortalised in the minds of the theatre going public by works such as Hedda Gabler and A Doll’s House. These masterpieces are revered all over the world for their strong tragic heroines, modernising ideals and faultless poetic language. This month ...

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