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West Side Story – Theatre Royal, Norwich

Book:Arthur Laurents Music: Leonard Bernstein Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim Director and Choreographer: Joey McKneely Original Choreographer: Jerome Robbins Reviewer: Lu Greer   When West Side Story was first staged in the 50s, it not only brought a fresh and contemporary feel to the classic Shakespearian tragedy Romeo and Juliet, but it breathed a new life into the musical scene itself. By ...

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The Late Edwina Black – Jubilee Hall, Aldeburgh

Writers: William Dinner and William Morum Director: Richard Frost Reviewer: Fergus Morgan Set in the drawing room of a wealthy house in the early 20th Century, The Late Edwina Black is an elegant and subtle psychological thriller with delightful period aesthetics, marred only by the sporadically manifest failings of its plot. Peter Hoggart plays Gregory Black, widow of the recently ...

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Ha Ha Hood And The Prince Of Leaves – Civic Theatre, Chelmsford

Writer: Ben Langley Composer: Griff Johnson Director: Jamie Wilson Reviewer: Michael Gray   Last year it was Ha Ha Holmes with Joe Pasquale. This year it's Ha Ha Hood, Prince of Leaves. Ben Langley, proud begetter of the Ha Ha series, has some advice for the audience - “Lower your standards!”. And, we might add, turn back the clock. It's ...

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The Wall – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Writer: Roger Waters Director: Gari Jones Musical Director: Robert Miles Reviewer: Glen Pearce   For a generation that grew up alongside the introduction of the music video in the late 1970s and early 1980s, Pink Floyd’s Another Brick In The Wall video will probably be etched inexorably in the memory, its visuals becoming defining images for a whole generation. The ...

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Sherlock’s Last Case – Jubilee Hall, Aldeburgh

Writer: Charles Marowitz Director: Mark Sterling Reviewer: Fergus Morgan One imagines that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, given the famously antagonistic regard in which he held his most famous creation, would have greatly enjoyed Charles Marowitz’s Sherlock’s Last Case, a comic parody in which the great detective’s personal flaws are thoroughly examined. Sadly, Suffolk Summer Theatre’s production, currently running at Aldeburgh’s ...

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Tonight’s The Night – Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Director: Caroline Jay Ranger Choreographer: Denise Ranger Musical Director: Griff Johnson Reviewer: Rhiannon Lawson Jukebox musicals…you know the deal. Option the first – a musical based around the life and times of the artist, AKA Jersey Boys. Option two, a night of songs by the artist with some vague biographical thread such as Thriller. Or finally, a wonton thin story ...

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Tannhäuser – Theatre Royal, Norwich

Composer and Lyricist: Richard Wagner Conductor: Fabrice Bollon Director: Eva-Maria Höckmayr Reviewer: Glen Pearce   Wagner’s Tannhäuser was one of his most popular operas during his own lifetime but it’s a work that has fallen somewhat out of fashion recently. Eva-Maria Höckmayr’s production for Theatre Freiburg, however, reclaims it in an exhilarating production. Wagnerian opera deserves to be seen on ...

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Latitude Festival: Hopelessly Devoted

Writer: Kate Tempest Directors: James Grieve,Stef O’Driscoll Reviewer: Paul Couch Life behind bars is never easy but when your cellmate is your soul mate and recreational lover, and her sentence is a fraction of yours, then it’s catastrophic disaffection waiting to happen. In Paines Plough’s offering for this year’s Latitude festival, Chess and Serena find themselves in exactly that position. ...

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