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The Secret Garden – Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre, Chester

Writer: Frances Hodgson Burnett Adaptor: Jessica Swale Director: Kate Saxon Reviewer: Stephanie Rowe When Ten year old Mary Lennox is orphaned in India after a terrible earthquake kills her parents, she has to leave behind everything she has ever known. Sent to live in England at her uncle’s gloomy mansion on the wild Yorkshire moors, lonely and confined to only ...

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Tonight at 8.30 – Theatre Royal, Brighton

Writer: Noël Coward Director: Blanche McIntyre Reviewer: Michael Hootman English Touring Theatre has revived a series of nine one-act plays by Noël Coward which have not been performed in the UK since 1936. The three plays performed on this opening night seem to be, whether intentional or not, a triptych about the class system. It's certainly a fascinating evening which ...

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Run For Home – Dancehouse Theatre, Manchester

Writer: Sheila Quiqley Adaptor/Director: Derek Lawson Reviewer: Brian Gorman Sunderland author Sheila Quigley’s gritty crime novel, Run For Home, has been adapted for the stage by Manchester-based writer/actor Derek Lawson, and presented for one night at Manchester’s Dancehouse Theatre. This is a huge undertaking, and one has to admire the sheer ambition of staging a novel which involves a multitude ...

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The Sheffield Mysteries – Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

Writer: Chris Bush Music: Richard Taylor Director: Daniel Evans Reviewer: Audrey Pointer The mediaeval tradition of Mystery plays, in which Bible stories are brought to life by singers and actors, has come to Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre, and been given a modern twist and a local South Yorkshire flavour. Over a hundred actors and musicians are engaged in bringing this Sheffield ...

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The Time Machine – Derby Guildhall

Writer: H.G. Wells Adapter and Director: Robert Lloyd Parry Reviewer: Phil Lowe The Time Machine written by H.G. Wells has been adapted for a solo performer on the stage by Robert Lloyd Parry. It is a gripping piece of solo theatre right from the very start and a masterful verbal and physical performance by Parry throughout. He and his time ...

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A Murder is Announced – Civic Theatre, Darlington

Writer: Agatha Christie Adaptation: Leslie Darbon Director: Philip Stewart Reviewer: Lindsay Sykes Set in 1950, we arrive at the home of Letitia Blacklock (Jo Castleton) on Friday the 13th to the announcement in the Chipping Cleghorn Gazette that “A Murder is Announced”. The murder is due to take place at 6.30pm at Little Paddocks that very evening. Taking care to ...

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The Mousetrap – Connaught Theatre, Worthing

Writer: Agatha Christie Director: Ian Watt-Smith Reviewer: Jo Payne Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap is simply the biggest, longest running; most performed play and has amassed the greatest total audience over the years. It is also the best-kept secret in show-business so it is possible, as a newcomer, to walk into the performance not knowing what to expect except that, at ...

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Invicible – St James Theatre, London

Writer: Torben Betts Director: Ellie Jones Reviewer:Andy Moseley Sometimes you have to admit you’re wrong. When I first read the premise of this play - 'Middle class couple downsize from London to live in the north among real people' a whole cacophony of alarm bells started ringing. Here was a play that was going to tick every clichéd comedy box ...

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