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The Ladykillers – Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch

Writer: Graham Linehan Director: Peter Rowe Reviewer: Michael Grove  Forget Alec Guinness. Forget Tom Hanks. This is an ingenious stage version of William Rose's classic Ealing comedy, penned by Graham (Father Ted) Linehan and first seen in 2011. Despite its cinematic origins, it is at heart a good old-fashioned farce, lacking only the manic inevitability of the best of that ...

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The Ladykillers – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer: Graham Linehan Director: Peter Rowe Reviewer: Paul Couch While the original Ealing comedy upon which it’s based was produced in 1955, a passing reference to the start of the Suez Crisis places Peter Rowe’s production of Graham Linehan’s 2011 adaptation of The Ladykillers a year later than that in 1956. Mrs Wilberforce, an elderly and eccentric widow, lives alone in ...

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Sleeping Beauty – City Varieties, Leeds

Morgana the Wicked Witch

Writer: Peter Rowe Director: Matt Aston Musical Director: Greg Palmer Designer: Judith Croft Reviewer: Holly Spanner Now in its sixth riotous year, the City Varieties Rock n’ Roll pantomime is back with this year’s offering, Sleeping Beauty. But this is Sleeping Beauty with a difference. Princess Aurora has become Princess Susie, the three good fairies are rolled into the larger ...

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Sinbad: The Rock ‘n’ Roll Panto – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer &Director: Peter Rowe Musical Director: Ben Goddard Choreographer: Darragh O’Leary Reviewer: Paul Pearce Couch Well done, Peter Rowe – the Big Seven (Cinderella, Puss in Boots, Jack &The Beanstalk, Sleeping Beauty, Babes In The Wood, Aladdin, and Snow White) have been jostled aside for something a little more – quite literally – adventurous for this year’s Rock ‘n’ Roll ...

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INTERVIEW: Douglas Rintoul – bringing Made In Dagenham home

Doug Rintoul at Queen's Theatre Horchurch

There's a sense of homecoming at The Queen's Theatre, Hornchurch, as the stage musical Made In Dagenham prepares to open at the Essex venue. Based on real life events at Ford's Dagenham plant, just a short distance away from the theatre, this brand new production proves to be a fitting opening to Douglas Rintoul's tenure as Artistic Director of The ...

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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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Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood – City Varieties, Leeds

Darrell Brockis, Louisa Beadel and Sophie Byrne in Robin Hood

Writer: Peter Rowe Director: Paul Hart Reviewer: Holly Spanner The creative team at The City Varieties are back for another year with their hugely successful Rock N’ Roll Pantomime, this time Robin Hood and Babes in the Wood. Incidentally, it was during the 1941 Christmas production of Babes in the Wood that a woman in the audience gave birth. This ...

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Cinderella: The Panto with Soul – Theatr Clwyd, Mold

The cast of Cinderella at Theatre Clwyd

Writer: Peter Rowe Director: Matt Aston Reviewer: John Roberts There's change in the air this year at Theatr Clwyd, not only does the venue have a new artistic director but it seems someone at the top has played with the casting of this year's Rock'n'Roll panto. Local legend Phylip Harries has been shunted out of the frocks and replaced by ...

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