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The Weir – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre,  Guildford

Writer: Conor McPherson Director: Adele Thomas Reviewer: Steve Turner The Weir of the title is a run-down pub somewhere in the Irish countryside. Here we meet Jack the local garage owner, Jim an odd job man and sometime assistant to Jack, and Brendan the landlord, passing the evening together as they would seem to pass many evenings. Enter Finbar, a sometime ...

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Hero’s Welcome – Yvonne Arnaud, Guildford

Play poster of two people dancing at a party

Writer: Alan Ayckbourn Director: Alan Ayckbourn Reviewer: David Jobson Alan Ayckbourn continues to be one of our most loved comic writers. Not just for the comedy but for the pain that at times seeps out of his works. In Hero’s Welcome, the humour gradually settles in and by the end the pain is dissipated by the hope of reconciliation. Murray ...

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Talking Heads – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Writer: Alan Bennett Director: Sarah Esdaile Reviewer: David Jobson Alan Bennett is well known for his monologues. Restricting movement prevents the audience’s distraction from the monologue’s message. Either that or he has a sadistic way of leaving his characters grounded to the floor. First written as a TV series in 1988 and brought to the stage in 1992, Talking Heads ...

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The Play That Goes Wrong – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Writers: Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, Henry Shields Director: Mark Bell Reviewer: Bill Avenell The Play That Goes Wrong is quite simply one of the funniest thing seen in the theatre for years and from the reaction of the audience at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre last night that goes for many of the people there. Halfway between slapstick and farce this ...

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Fallen Angels – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Writer: Noel Coward Director: Roy Marsden Reviewer: Steve Turner It’s hard to imagine a time when a Noel Coward play might be described as “vulgar, disgusting, obscene and degenerate” among other choice adjectives, but this was exactly the reaction first given to Fallen Angels when it opened in 1925, something which of course had the audiences flocking to see it. ...

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Kindertransport – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Writer: Diane Samuels Director: Andrew Hall Reviewer: Steve Turner Diane Samuel’s moving drama tells the story of Eva, a young German Jewish girl, whom we meet the night before she is due to leave her parents on the Kindertransport of the title. These were trains used to evacuate Jewish children from Germany in the last few months before the outbreak ...

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NEWS: Jeeves and Wooster hit the road with UK Tour

Producers Mark Goucher and Mark Rubinsteinare delighted to announce that the critically acclaimed production of Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense, currently playing at the Duke of York’s theatre until 20 September 2014, will embark on a UK tour this autumn. Kicking off on 24 September with a two-week run at Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford, the charmingly incompetent Bertie Wooster ...

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Time of My Life – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Writer/Director: Alan Ayckbourn Reviewer: Bill Avenell In an interview in the program notes of Time of my Life Alan Ayckbourn comments that this play "couldn't work if it was set in Surrey". That may or may not be true but it certainly worked last night when performed in Surrey, and right in the County Town to boot. But this is ...

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