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Michael Morpurgo’s Farm Boy – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Author: Michael Morpurgo Adaptor: Daniel Buckroyd Director: C P Hallam Composer: Ru Hamilton Reviewer: Michael Gray Farm Boy is the sequel to Michael Morpurgo's phenomenal War Horse. It's a very different animal – a couple of actors, a costumed musician, and, centre stage “an old green Fordson”, the tractor which turns out to be at the heart of this story. ...

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The Events – Mercury Theatre Studio, Colchester

Writer: David Greig Director: Dan Sherer Reviewer: Michael Gray First seen in 2013, and inspired at least in part by the Anders Breivik massacre of the year before, David Greig's powerful piece has been revived many times since. Dan Sherer's production in the Mercury Studio is intensely visceral, its impact enhanced by the intimacy of the staging. James Cotterill's set ...

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Spamalot – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Spamalot

Writer: Eric Idle Music: John Du Prez with Eric Idle Director: Daniel Buckroyd Musical Director: Carlton Edwards Choreographer: Ashley Nottingham Reviewer: Michael Gray Is this what a definitive Spamalot would look like? This perennially popular show, originally a Python spin-off, has found success on Broadway and in the West End, not to mention on the am-dram scene, as this very ...

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Much Ado About Nothing – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Pia Furtado Composer: Rebecca Applin Reviewer: Michael Gray No hint of the romance or sunshine of Messina here. We're in the spartan canteen of a British regiment – motto Perfer et Obdura. There's a telly in the corner, a servery, tables for mess and for ping-pong. A chorus of Homeward Bound and Don Pedro marches his ...

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Private Lives – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Private Lives - Mercury Theatre Colchester

Writer: Noel Coward Director: Esther Richardson Reviewer: Michael Gray   “Quite amusing. A bit dated.” That was a soundbite in the rush to the bar after Act Two. Possibly the same gentleman who was gently snoring during the quieter Deauville scenes. I hope he stayed (awake) to see stuffy, "I'm glad I'm normal", Prynne kissed unexpectedly on the lips... Despite ...

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Clybourne Park – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

The Cast of Clybourne Park

Writer: Bruce Norris Director: Daniel Buckroyd Reviewer: Michael Gray Bruce Norris's thought-provoking piece Clybourne Park is a companion to the 1959 classic A Raisin in the Sun. Back then, Lorraine Hansbury drew on her own experience to tell the story of the sale of a house in a Chicago suburb. Norris sets his “parallel play” in that very house. Its ...

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INTERVIEW: Lisa Maxwell

Lisa Maxwell in rehearsal for End Of The Rainbow

For those who think an actor’s life is glamourous, think again. You may be about to play one of the biggest names in 20th Century showbiz but pressures of rehearsals still mean you have to grab lunch on the fly as you get a much-needed break. Glen Pearce caught up with Lisa Maxwell, who is taking on the iconic role ...

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Aladdin -Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Tim Freeman Antony-Stuart Hicks and Dale Superville

Writer: Fine Time Fontayne Director and Writer: Daniel Buckroyd Musical Director: Richard Reeday Reviewer: Michael Gray   You'll believe a mat can fly … Aladdin's magic carpet ride was just one of many delights in this carefully crafted panto, a near-perfect cocktail of glamour, silliness and fairy-tale romance. Under the green-eyed gaze of the dragons rampant either side of the ...

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