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Romeo and Juliet – Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Director & Choreographer: Sir Matthew Bourne Music: Sergei Prokofiev Reviewer: Victoria Bawtree Romeo and Juliet is the New Adventures production company’s latest premiere and, as you might expect, it leaves tradition behind and reimagines the classic story in a way that leaves its audience experiencing something oddly familiar but strangely new. The luscious plum-coloured curtain that hangs at the beginning ...

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PREVIEW: Tower Theatre Open Day and Autumn Season Launch

There are plenty of brand-new theatres opening all over London, purpose-built spaces for fringe and commercial productions that suggests the arts are thriving. Over in Stoke Newington the 85-years old Tower Theatre Company has moved to new lodgings, a permanent space which hosted an open house event on 7 September 2019 to welcome new audiences and announce its autumn season. ...

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GUEST BLOG: Leigh Johnstone – All in the Mind Festival Director

When I was at secondary school, in Year 9, I took part in my first school play. It was Grease and I was playing Doody one of the T-birds. Apart from falling off the stage during the finale We go together I absolutely loved it and that experience really stuck with me. I then ‘got the drama bug’ and took part ...

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Latitude 2019 – On reflection

As the wet weather sets in and it seems summer may be over all too soon, reflections on the last day of Latitude, when we were slightly too tired to think straight, let alone produce any material that would make sense, and the festival weekend in general come to the forefront of our minds. As everything reached its conclusion on ...

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Madagascar the Musical – Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Director: Kirk Jameson Choreographer: Fabian Aloise Designer: Tom Rogers Reviewer: Dan English Getting the stage musical treatment, and carting audiences off to ‘move it, move it’ for two hours of silly fun, is the hit film Madagascar, now converted into a musical and hitting Canterbury’s Marlowe Theatre as part of its UK tour. Opening night in Canterbury is particularly poignant ...

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Oklahoma! – Festival Theatre, Chichester

Writers: Rodgers and Hammerstein Director: Jeremy Sams Reviewer: Kimberley Knudsen Some seventy-odd years on from its opening this version of Oklahoma! stays true to the original production and is probably all the better for it. From the opening number sung beautifully by Laurey, played by the delightful Amara Okereke, all the way through to a triumphant finale the audience is ...

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Latitude 2019 – Saturday evening antics and Sunday morning cool-downs

Heavy rain has just cleared, the lightening is no longer posing a threat and strolling past the Obelisk Arena the smooth sound of Irish rock band Walking on Cars tempt lost wanderers to sit for a while and listen to the round tones of lead singer Patrick Sheehy. The group have an appealing guitar pop sound, which feels vaguely eighties, ...

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Latitude 2019 – Friday night tunes and Saturday morning Waterfront idyll

Headlining Friday night is George Ezra. With his sunny demeanour and catchy tunes, he wows his young audience through the patters of the rain. Like a 21st-century Rick Astley with splashes of Johnny Cash and Talking Heads, his sing-along ditties rock the crowd as this English summer evening continues.  “This is one I sing on karaoke after four pints on ...

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