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The Play That Goes Wrong – Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

Writers: Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, Henry Shields Director: Mark Bell Reviewer:  Tom Ralphs Everyone has seen bad amateur drama – doors that don’t open, guns that don’t fire, dead people that sneeze. Everyone has suppressed a snigger while watching these shows, normally because a friend or family member is in the cast and they don’t want to laugh out loud and ...

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Mark Thomas: Showtime from the Frontline – Playhouse Theatre, Liverpool

Director: Joe Douglas Writer: Mark Thomas Reviewer: Matt Forrest Mark Thomas has been performing stand-up comedy for 33 years. His shows have seldom deviated from a format whereby Thomas will take a story and recount it with him playing all the various characters - from activist to authority figure, freedom-fighter to slimy arms-dealer, Thomas would play them all. However, for ...

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The Cherry Orchard – Bristol Old Vic

Writer: Anton Chekhov Designer: Tom Piper Director: Michael Boyd Reviewer: Julia Beasley What do you do when you’re broke? This is the question facing Luba, whose family estate (with its vast cherry orchard) is deep in debt and about to be auctioned off to a developer. Unfortunately for the cherry orchard, Luba is a member of the liberal elite fallen ...

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Bingo! – Assembly Hall, Edinburgh

three women and a table

Writers: Anita Vettesse and Johnny McKnight Director: Jemima Levick Composer: Alan Penman Reviewer: S.E. Webster Pens at the ready! Eyes down! It’s fun, entertaining and contains only minor bloodshed. Not your average night at the theatre – much better in fact! A new collaboration between Stella Quines Theatre Company and Grid Iron, Bingo! focuses on the trials and tribulations of ...

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Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em – Richmond Theatre

Writer/Director: Guy Unsworth Reviewer: Alex Ramon While not quite boasting the reputation of Fawlty Towers, Dad's Army or Steptoe and Son, Raymond Allen's Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em nonetheless remains among the most enduringly popular of '70s sitcoms, its combination of sharp writing and slapstick proving pretty timeless in its appeal. The travails of its disaster-prone, proud but oddly innocent protagonist Frank Spencer, whom ...

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Quartet – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Writer: Ronald Harwood Director: Peter Rowe Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Growing older is compulsory – or at least, better than the alternative, most would agree. What Writer, Ronald Harwood, seems to be suggesting is that what matters isn’t the physical fact of ageing, but how we cope mentally with the changes it inevitably brings. He tells his story through the eyes ...

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Locked Up Bitches – The Flea, New York

[Locked Up Bitches] [The Flea, NYC] (c)Hunter Canning

Book: Catya McMullen Music: Scott Allen Klopfenstein, Kerry Blu Choreographer: Michael Raine Director: Michael Raine Reviewer: Robert Price “Are you a Bitch or a Pussy?” Before entering the theatre, patrons must answer this question, and be thus adorned in felt ears. The Flea’s production value for Locked Up Bitches is initially astounding. Some twenty-five actors flood the lobby in the beige ...

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The Play That Goes Wrong – Darlington Hippodrome

Director: Mark Bell Reviewer: Mark Clegg For a pretty obvious idea so rich in available humour, it’s hard to understand why it took so long for someone to create a play that was presented as a disastrous amateur production. This is the idea that Mischief Theatre came up with, in 2013 when The Play That Goes Wrong debuted above a ...

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