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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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Private Lives – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford.   

 Writer: Noel Coward Director: Michael Cabot Reviewer: Bill Avenell If Mr. Bridger, the criminal mastermind of the 1968 film The Italian Job, had ever written a play it would have been Private Lives, a clever fantasy about self-centered and thoroughly unpleasant people who don’t get their comeuppance. Clever it certainly is with much of the witty and pacey dialogue that ...

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Dick Whittington – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford.

Writer and Director: Jamie Smith               Reviewer:  Bill Avenell These may be somewhat disturbing and unsettling times in world affairs but it is reassuring to know that ‘some things don’t change’, and if the phrase applies anywhere then it certainly applies to this year’s Christmas offering of Dick Whittington at the Yvonne Arnaud. Once again the Guildford theatre applies a ...

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Wait Until Dark – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford.

Writer: Frederick Knott Director: Alastair Whatley Reviewer: Bill Avenell The Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford has a deserved reputation for quality productions but unfortunately, this touring production from The Original Theatre Company falls short of its usual high standards in this revival of Frederick Knott’s 1966 thriller. Some of the blame lies with the choice of play which has dated ...

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Death of a Salesman – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Writer: Arthur Miller Director: Abigail Graham Reviewer: Steve Turner Written almost 70 years ago Arthur Miller’s tale of Willy Loman remains a powerful and moving work, placing a huge demand on the lead actor. Nicholas Woodeson as Willy takes on this demand as if born to play the role. In the blink of an eye, he switches from a supportive ...

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Twelfth Night – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

The touring cats of The Watremill Theatre's TwelfthNight

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Paul Hart Reviewer: Bill Avenell Exuberant is the word that springs to mind to describe this take on Shakespeare’s comedy, Twelfth Night from The Watermill Theatre. Different is another word but not different enough to stop the Guildford faithful giving it a rousing reception at the end of the performance. Certainly not for the traditionalist but ...

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Gabriel – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Writer: Moira Buffini Director: Kate McGregor Reviewer: Steve Turner Guernsey 1943 two and a half years into the German occupation and the locals have learned how to get along with the occupiers. Jeanne Becquet (Belinda Lang) is no exception to this, having been forced to move from a far grander residence into somewhere much smaller, she is making the best ...

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Fracked – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Writer:  Alistair Beaton Director: Richard Wilson Reviewer: Bill Avenell   It is perhaps risky to put on a play about fracking, nimbyism, corruption in politics and big business in the heart of deepest Surrey, but the first thing to say about last night’s production at Guildford is that the audience seems to lap it up. There is a buzz in ...

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