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Jack and the Beanstalk – Queens Theatre, Hornchurch

Writer: Andrew Pollard Music: Gemma Hawkins Director: Martin Berry Reviewer: Liz Stagg Jack, a lowly worker at Frank Furter’s Fun Fair, has dreams of a better life. The fair owner (Furter) is under pressure from the giant above who has eaten and frightened customers away. With the Giant's demands becoming harder and harder to bear, a hero has to come ...

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Cinderella – Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Director and Writer: Paul Hendy Reviewer: Dan English Pantomime is a Christmas tradition, yet almost becoming as traditional is the turkey on the table is the high quality of Canterbury’s festive offering, with the Marlowe’s production of Cinderella being no different. Boasting a cast of soap stars and Canterbury panto stalwarts, this year’s production of Cinderella delivers the high-quality pantomime ...

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Simon Evans: Genius – Komedia, Brighton  

Writer/Performer: Simon Evans Reviewer: Simon Topping With Victorian sideburns and a tweed jacket, Simon Evans enters stage embodying his eccentric ideals. Evans is in transition from middle to old age and railing against the dumbing down of society; it is a position which he feels duty bound to adopt in a thought-provoking friendly, yet unapologetically curmudgeonly way.   Playing to a ...

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The Holy Vible Book Tour – Komedia, Brighton

Writer/Performer: Elis James and John Robins Reviewer: Simon Topping Triumphantly stomping onto the stage to Queen's Don't Stop me now, Elis James and John Robins greet the crowd with a fist pump to the air. Almost immediately Robins falters, he has eaten five vegan meals today and has just awoken from a short nap. He apologies if this gig is ...

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Rebus: Long Shadows – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Writer: Ian Rankin Adaptor: Rona Munro Director: Robin Lefevre Reviewer: Alice Fowler "Winners and losers, John: that’s what it all comes down to." So opines John Rebus’s old adversary, ‘Big Ger’ Cafferty, in this suspenseful new Rebus tale, written by Ian Rankin for the stage. Loathsome crime boss Cafferty, superbly played by John Stahl, is firmly on the up. Surveying ...

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Trial by Laughter – Theatre Royal, Brighton

Writer: Ian Hislop and Nick Newman Director: Caroline Leslie Reviewer: Cathy Swaby Witty satire alongside political commentary is an art form that has long been taken for granted in our modern media-heavy society. We are all accustomed to seeing Prime ministers, religious fanatics, Royals and orange faced presidents getting their fair share of ribbing from the press without so much as a gasp ...

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Laura Lexx – Trying:  Komedia, Brighton

Reviewer: Simon Topping Laura Lexx bounces on to the stage in the joyful knowledge of being on "home turf". The Brighton audience quickly warms to this likeable and funny performer as she begins to set out her stall and make us giggle in the process. Lexx starts with memories from her childhood in the early 1990s. Days camping with her ...

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The Comedy About a Bank Robbery – Theatre Royal, Brighton  

Writers: Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, Henry Shields Tour Director: Kirsty Patrick Ward Reviewer: Simon Topping  From the very beginning, The Comedy About A Bank Robbery blasts its audience with quick-fire puns that has the auditorium in fits of laughter. This continues, at pace, throughout the two-hour performance, in a thoroughly enjoyable evening of mirth and mayhem.   The show is brought to us ...

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