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Two And Two Make Sex – Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch

Author : Richard Harris and Leslie Darbon Director : Matt Devitt Reviewer: Michael Gray We're back in the Seventies – matador poster, inflatable chair, downlighters and eye-watering wallpaper. Harold Wilson in Westminster, Rodney Marsh at Wembley.And how titillating this title seemed back then – hinting at swingers, free love and the permissive society. In fact, of course, there's no sex ...

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The Play That Goes Wrong – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Writers: Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer &Henry Shields Director: Mark Bell Designer: Nigel Hook Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys It would seem that farce is experiencing something of a renaissance at the moment. Hot on the heels of the recent national tour of Michael Frayn’s Noises Off and the recent three year run of One Man Two Guv’nors in the West End comes ...

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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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Some Girl I Used To Know – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Writers: Terry Ronald and Denise Van Outen Director: Michael Howcroft Reviewer: Edie Ranvier Denise Van Outen has form in one-woman musicals: at one stage in her multifarious career she starred in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tell Me On A Sunday, singing and acting solo to much acclaim. So she’s got plenty going for her as she hits Edinburgh with her tour ...

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Le Docteur Miracle – Drink, Shop & Do, London

Composer: Georges Bizet Director: Darren Royston Musical Director: Maria Garzon Reviewer: James Bartholomeusz Though I like food as much as the next person, I would probably turn down a ticket if someone told me the centre-piece of a show was going to be an ode to an omelette. As of this evening, I stand corrected. Into the grande-bourgeois, baby-boomer world ...

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Good People – Hampstead Theatre, London

Writer: David Lindsay-Abaire Director: Jonathan Kent Reviewer: Ian Foster As if there was any doubt that Imelda Staunton wouldn’t be excellent… Though the way that she inhabits the part of Margie, a hard-bitten, working-class Bostonian single mother is simply quite astonishing. From the opening moments of this David Lindsay-Abaire play as she faces the prospect of losing the job that ...

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51 Shades of Maggie, Rotherham Civic Theatre, Rotherham

Writer: Leesa Harker Director: Martin Lynch Reviewer: Andrew White The back story behind 51 Shades of Maggie is more interesting than the story presented on stage. The writer, Leesa Harker, wrote around 500 words of her send-up of the 50 Shades of Grey novels in a post on Facebook – only to find her friends commenting and sharing the page. ...

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An Awfully BIG Performance – Rayne Theatre: Chickenshed, London

Director: Louise Perry Original music: Dave Carey, Jo Collins, Michele Durler, Francis Haines and Liz Kitchen Reviewer: Elizabeth Vile An Awfully BIG Performance is part of Chickenshed’s 40th anniversary celebrations, and in the space of two wonderfully uplifting hours presents “a montage of outstanding work that celebrates” what they believe makes them so special. The piece is divided into short ...

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