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Sherlock Holmes: The Sign Of Four – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Writer: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Adaptor and Director: Nick Lane Reviewer: Steve Turner The second of Conan Doyle’s series of Sherlock Holmes novels, The Sign of Four is a slightly surprising choice for a stage treatment as it is built around a complex storyline incorporating flashbacks to various past episodes. Utilising some clever character changes and sticking close to the ...

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Father of Lies – The Back Room, The Star Inn, Guildford

Director: J.D. Henshaw Reviewer: Alice Fowler Do you believe in God? And the devil? In that case, how about ghosts and witches? With these questions, addressed directly to the audience, Sweet Productions’ Father of Lies - a chilling retelling of a murder case in which anything seems possible - begins. The Star Inn’s atmospheric stage is perfect for this dark, intense ...

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The Mousetrap – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Writer: Agatha Christie Director: Gareth Armstrong Reviewer: Alice Fowler How well can you really know someone? Is everyone, in fact, a stranger? And what do you do when you find yourself cut off in an eccentric country guesthouse and learn there is a murderer in your midst? Such questions have thrilled and provoked Mousetrap audiences since 1952. It is, famously, ...

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The Full Monty – Theatre Royal, Brighton

2016 UK Tour of The Full Monty

Writer: Simon Beaufoy Director: Rupert Hill Reviewer: Simon Topping Mirroring the smash hit 1997 film of the same name, The Full Monty starts with a genuine information film from 1972 about Sheffield, called "Sheffield - City on the move", with the announcer exuberantly and poetically exalting the cities steel industry. Cut to 25 years later and our action begins, following ...

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Abigail’s Party – Theatre Royal, Brighton

Writer: Mike Leigh Director: Sarah Esdaile Reviewer: Simon Topping A new touring production of Mike Leigh's classic comedy of manners, Abigail's Party, opens in Brighton to a warm reception from a welcoming audience, whose demographic is predominantly fifty plus. From the off laughter fills the auditorium, as we take a trip down memory lane. The stunning period set (wonderfully designed ...

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Kinky Boots – Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Book: Harvey Fierstein Music & Lyrics: Cyndi Lauper Director & Choreographer: Jerry Mitchell Reviewer: Victoria Bawtree After a steady stream of Jukebox musicals, Kinky Boots – albeit based on the 2005 film – feels like a breath of fresh air. Lauper’s score is original and plays with different styles, from folk to rock and from ballad to gospel, each matching ...

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Aladdin – Theatre Royal, Norwich

Writer and Director: Richard Gauntlett Reviewer: Lu Greer The time has arrived at the Norwich Theatre Royal once again when giant wigs and near day glow costumes grace the stage when the panto arrives in town. The show, again written and directed by Theatre Royal stalwart Richard Gauntlett, this time takes on an adventure to the Far East in the ...

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Cinderella – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Writer & Director: Jamie Smith Reviewer: Alice Fowler Christmas in Guildford only properly begins with The Twelve Days of Christmas, as performed by the Yvonne Arnaud panto: an annual ritual of mayhem and misrule in which custard pies are thrown, knickers hurled and foam and water sprayed in all directions. This year, under the direction of Jamie Smith, things seem ...

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