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Peter Pan Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Writer: J M Barrie Directors: Daniel Buckroyd, Matthew Cullum Reviewer: Michael Gray A magical, enchanting Peter Pan to follow James and the Giant Peach and The Wind in the Willows onto the Mercury stage in the long vacation slot. Not just another attempt at the increasingly popular summertime panto, but an adaptation, by Daniel Buckroyd and Matthew Cullum (who also ...

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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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Fiddler On The Roof – Chichester Festival Theatre

Book: Joseph Stein Music: Jerry Bock Lyrics: Sheldon Harnick Director: Daniel Evans Reviewer: Bill Avenell It is a nice touch of Chichester to provide a real live fiddler on the roof of the Festival Theatre to welcome the audience at last night’s show. The said fiddler, a very accomplished Darius Luke Thompson, was forced from his lofty perch by the ...

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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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BRIGHTON FRINGE: Griffin & Jones: Slapdash Magic – Sweet Waterfront 2

Writers and performers: Griffin & Jones Reviewer: Glen Pearce In a crowded marketplace, it takes something special to make magicians stand out from the crowd. For every show-stopping Derren Brown there is a plethora of wannabe slight of hand artists that merge into one. Not so Griffin and Jones, self confessed pioneers of slapdash magic. While the duo may eschew ...

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BRIGHTON FRINGE: Collapse – Sweet St Andrew’s Church

Writers and Performers: Karlijn Hamer and Mathijs de Valk Reviewer: Glen Pearce One has to pity poor Cassandra. Given prophetic powers and foretelling the destruction of her beloved Troy she was ignored. Gifted with the knowledge to save her city but unable to drove her mad. It’s a madness captured vividly in Karlijn Hamer and Mathijs de Valk’s musical duet, ...

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BRIGHTON FRINGE: Moondial – The Warren

Writer: Helen Cresswell Adaptor and Director: Peter Darney Music: Luke Isom Reviewer: Glen Pearce Adapting a well-loved novel for the stage is challenging when that novel involves ghosts, time travel and a hefty dose of supernatural it becomes an even more challenging task. Helen Cresswell’s Moondial, in this adaptation by Peter Darney, is an ambitious attempt. As young Minty comes ...

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