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The Importance of Being Earnest – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Director: Alastair Whatley Writer: Oscar Wilde Reviewer: Helen Tope There are few writers who can boast such a reputation as Oscar Wilde. His death in 1900, after a spectacular fall from grace, is a story so compelling it almost eclipses his impressive list of credits – almost. An Ideal Husband, Lady Windermere’s Fan, The Importance of Being Earnest takes top ...

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The Importance of Being Earnest  – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford.

Writer: Oscar Wilde Director: Alastair Whatley Reviewer: Bill Avenell What a wonderful conceit it is that a relationship should be founded upon a name and what a wickedly witty script Oscar Wilde produces to lure audiences into that conceit. But alas the input of the author is the only really wonderful part of the Original Theatre Company’s production of this ...

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The Wind in the Willows – The Mayflower, Southampton

Writer: Julian Fellowes Music and Lyrics: George Stiles, Andrew Drewe Director: Rachel Kavanaugh Reviewer: David Jobson After more than a century, The Wind in the Willows still enchants children with its charming tale. It has been adapted countless times for stage, movie and TV. Now it’s traipsing the open road with songs to match in this new musical adaptation of ...

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The Wind in the Willows – The Lowry, Salford

Book: Julian Fellowes Music &Lyrics: George Stiles &Anthony Drewe Director: Rachel Kavanaugh Reviewer: John Roberts There is something endearing about Kenneth Grahame’s story of friendship and survival among the animals of the woodland. It’s appeal never seems to weaken as new generations are introduced to the tales of Mole, Ratty, Badger and the eponymous Mr Toad. So it was no ...

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The Wind in the Willows – Lyric, Theatre Royal Plymouth

Writer:Julian Fellowes Music and Lyrics:George Stiles, Andrew Drewe Director: Rachel Kavanaugh Reviewer: Helen Tope The Wind in the Willows is a much-loved classic, entertaining generations of children with stories from the riverbank. The adventures of Rat, Badger, Mole and Toad form a tale of friendship that lends itself to any interpretation. It’s therefore not surprising that The Wind in the ...

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The Perfect Murder – Grand Opera House, York

Writer: Peter James, adapted by Shaun McKenna Music: Laura Tisdall Director: Ian Talbot Reviewer: Charlotte Broadbent At the very top of The Perfect Murder we meet Victor Smiley (Robert Daws) who tells us, in no uncertain terms that he plans to kill his wife. He is then joined by a prostitute, his lover Kamila Walcak (Simona Armstrong) with whom he ...

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The Mousetrap – Alhambra Theatre, Bradford

Writer: Agatha Christie Director: Ian Watt-Smith Reviewer: Andrew Liddle [rating:5] Everybody in Britain and Ireland now has the chance to see one of the greatest, most enduring institutions in popular theatre. The Diamond Anniversary tour of Agatha Christie’s ingenious whodunit, The Mousetrap, began in Canterbury last September and will end in Dublin next June, having taken in most of the ...

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Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap – Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Writer: Agatha Christie Director: Iain Watt-Smith Reviewer: Kerri Peck [Rating:3.5]   The Mousetrap is famous around the world for being the longest running show of any kind in the history of British theatre - with almost 25,000 performances it’s a play to be proud of. To celebrate 60 incredible years on stage, it’s going on tour for the first time, ...

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