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The Crucible – Orchard Theatre, Dartford

Writer: Arthur Miller Director: Douglas Rintoul Reviewer: Dan English Salem, 1692. A witchcraft hunt has gripped a rural Massachusetts community with women across the town accused of worshipping Satan. Reverend Parris, whose daughter and niece appear to have succumbed to the Devil’s seduction, leads a crusade of his fledgling flock against the witches he claims to be within his parish. ...

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The Misfit Analysis – New Wolsey Studio, Ipswich

Writer: Cian Binchy and Access All Areas Director: Nick Llewellyn Reviewer: Paul Couch Cian Binchy is a bit of a provocateur. His current show, The Misfit Analysis, is an examination of the world through his eyes as a young, autistic man, and he pulls no punches in making the audience uncomfortable if that's what it takes to make us face ...

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Mamma Mia! – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: Catherine Johnson Director: Phyllida Lloyd Music and Lyrics: Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus Choreographer: Anthony Van Laast Reviewer: Hannah Stamp Bursting with colour, comedy, dance moves that pack a punch and Abba’s much-beloved music, Mamma Mia is bursting with as much sunshine as the Greek island its set on. A slightly rocky start with a few repetitive and slightly ...

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The Love Of The Nightingale – Bierkeller Bristol

Writer: Timberlake Wertenbaker Director: Miranda Cromwell Reviewer: Kris Hallett After the sugary excesses of the Christmas season trust Bristol Old Vic’s Young Company to start a new year of theatre with something as bracing as Timberlake Wertenbaker’s play The Love Of The Nightingale. Originally commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1988, its themes of male privilege and issues of consent seems ...

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The Nutcracker – Chichester Festival Theatre

Music: Pyotr IlyichTchaikovsky Director: Lyudmila Nerubaschenko Conductor: Igor Shavruk Choreography: Victor Smirnov-Golovanov Reviewer: Bill Avenell There is something magical about the phrase ‘going to the ballet’ and, by and large, the Moscow City  Ballet (MCB) does its bit to maintain that reputation in the 2017 tour that commences at Chichester Festival Theatre. Firmly in the classical Russian School, the MCB ...

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Jack and the Beanstalk– Theatre Royal, Norwich

Writer and Director: Richard Gauntlett Musical Director: David Carter Choreographer: Dee Jago Reviewer: Lu Greer Fee fi fo fum - the laughs at the Norwich Theatre Royal have begun. Richard Gauntlett has returned to the theatre once again with a new panto full of giant dresses, day glow sets, and jokes that skip along the line between hilarious and terrible. While the ...

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Dreamgirls – Savoy Theatre, London

Writer: Tom Eyen Director and Choreographer: Casey Nicholaw Composer: Henry Krieger Reviewer: Tom Finch It’s been 35 years since a show that revolutionised musical theatre, Dreamgirls opened on Broadway. Now it's finally opened in the West End. It was worth the wait. Loosely based on the meteoric rise of The Supremes, Tom Eyen's and Henry Krieger's show charts the rise ...

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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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