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The Horne Section – Theatre Royal, Brighton

Writers: The Horne Section Reviewer: Simon Topping The Horne Section bring their mirthful mix of comedy, cabaret and music to the Theatre Royal, in a chaotic and charming show, worthy of the celebration and cheer it receives from a receptive Brighton audience. Alex Horne is best known as the creator and co-host of Dave’s hit comedy show, Taskmaster, where comedian ...

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Rigoletto – Norwich Theatre Royal

Opera: Giuseppe Verdi Libretto: Francesco Maria Piave Director: Christiane Lutz Reviewer: Lu Greer Verdi’s own favourite opera, brought to Norwich by Glyndebourne, tells the story of the duplicitous Duke who has money, power, and any woman he turns his gaze on, and his hunchbacked jester Rigoletto who happens to have a beautiful and unattainable daughter. The opera follows the jester ...

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Mother Goose – Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Writer and Director: Paul Hendy Reviewer: Dan English There are very few things in the 21st century that can be classed as a modern staple of the festive season. Arguing over who gets the console controller first or debating which film to stream next could both fall into this category, but without a doubt, a tradition in the south-east is ...

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A Woman of No Importance – Norwich Theatre Royal

Writer: Oscar Wilde Director: Dominic Dromgoole Reviewer: Lu Greer A Woman of No Importance, a satire of English Upper-Class Society is perhaps one of Wilde’s lesser-known works; telling the story of an earnest young American woman, an unscrupulous English lord, and an innocent young Irish chap attending a party at a lavish countryside estate it certainly has the potential, in ...

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The Lovely Bones – Theatre Royal, Norwich

Writer: Alice Sebold Adaptor: Bryony Lavery Director:  Melly Still Reviewer: Lu Greer The Lovely Bones novel tells the story of a teenage girl, Susie Salmon, who is abducted and murdered in brutal fashion, and who also happens to be the narrator of the story. Prioritising seeing justice served over making it to ‘heaven’ after her death Susie sticks around in ...

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Brydon, Mack and Mitchell – Brighton Dome, Brighton

Reviewer: Craig Unadkat This powerhouse trio have enjoyed a long run at the top of their game, with the hit panel-show Would I Lie To You? running for 12 seasons amounting to a whopping 112 episodes. Each household names in their own right, one would expect big things from these kings of comedy. Sadly, to this degree, they did not ...

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Frankenstein – Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Writer: Rona Munro Director: Patricia Benecke Reviewer: Victoria Bawtree Numerous adaptations of Mary Shelley’s iconic story exist. What Rona Munro has done in this latest realisation is to pit 19-year-old author and characters together and to allow Shelley to commentate on her horror story as it evolves. In effect, the production restores Shelley’s authority and narrative from the Hollywood movies ...

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Romesh Ranganathan: The Cynic’s Mixtape – Brighton Dome, Brighton.

Reviewer: Craig Unadkat  Romesh Ranganathan has fast become one of Britain’s most ubiquitous comics. From his time on various panel shows to his sitcom on Sky One (among a litany of other TV achievements), Ranganathan is without a doubt one of the busiest entertainers around. His overwhelmingly sold-out tour of Romesh Ranganathan: The Cynic’s Mixtape visited Brighton Dome and this ...

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