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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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Glyndebourne – Cinderella (Cendrillon) – Theatre Royal, Norwich

Director: Fiona Shaw Reviewer: Lu Greer The classic fairy-tale Cinderella, which tells the story of the sweet Cendrillon living in servitude to her harsh stepmother and foul stepsisters before making it to the ball with the help of her fairy godmother, is one known the world over. Jules Massenet’s fairytale which brings colourful characters, beautiful orchestral scores and enchanting melodies, is ...

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Six The Musical – Nuffield Theatre, Southampton

Writers: Toby Marlow & Lucy Moss Directors: Lucy Moss & Jamie Armitage Choreographer: Carrie-Anne Ingrouille Reviewer: Jo Payne ‘You remember us from your GCSEs?’ Everyone knows the story. Everyone knows the rhyme. The most famous king of England’s six wives, whose fates are a familiar rhyme, step out from behind the curtain to take centre stage in their own histo-mixed ...

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Fame The Musical – Theatre Royal, Brighton

Book: José Fernandez Music: Steve Margoshes Lyrics: Jacques Levy Director/Choreographer: Nick Winton Reviewer: Jo Payne Born in the 80s, Fame the Musical is enjoying its 30th-anniversary tour after an incredibly successful run in a variety of media. A movie and a TV series preceded the musical and the show had a noughties remake more recently. However, this production stands firmly ...

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Haunting Julia – Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch

Writer: Alan Ayckbourn Director: Lucy Pitman-Wallace Reviewer: Liz Stagg A musical genius, Julia had been likened to Mozart from a young age. However, her life came to an end at the age of 19 due to an apparent suicide. Joe has never come to terms with his daughter’s death and has never accepted suicide as the reason Julia is no ...

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