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Swan Lake – Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Director & Choreographer: Sir Matthew Bourne Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Reviewer: Victoria Bawtree The name Matthew Bourne is synonymous with innovation in dance and despite the fact that his original production of Swan Lake is now over 20 years old, the premise still feels contemporary and unique. This is story-telling that leaves its mark and allows its audience to re-live ...

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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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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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Cirque Berserk – Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Creative Director: Julius Green Reviewer: Victoria Bawtree Circus meets West End in this gloriously quirky and creative show. Performers from across the world are represented here with an endless variety of traditional and contemporary skills entwined. Impressively, what might have been a simple variety show becomes a unique and unified production through careful staging and storytelling. Apart from one specific ...

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An Officer and a Gentleman – Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Book: Douglas Day Stewart and Sharleen Cooper Cohen Director: Nikolai Foster Reviewer: Victoria Bawtree This could be a show that splits its audience: those that know and love the film will likely be won over, but for those who don’t, the near-constant stream of 80s hits may or may not be enough to keep all onside. Douglas Day Stewart’s original ...

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Of Mice and Men – Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Writer: John Steinbeck Director: Guy Unsworth Reviewer: Victoria Bawtree Canterbury is currently hosting a brand-new touring production of John Steinbeck’s classic American story, produced by Selladoor Productions, in association with The Marlowe Theatre.  Many will have been touched by the story and many will appreciate the beauty of Steinbeck’s narrative style, but far fewer will have had the opportunity to ...

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War Horse – The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Writer: Nick Stafford from the original by Michael Morpurgo Director: Marianne Elliott & Tom Morris Movement: Toby Sedgwick Reviewer: Neill Barston From the moment the opening sequences of War Horse play out in a rural Devonshire field, this remarkable work of theatre remains truly captivating. As its author Michael Morpurgo – who attended the Canterbury press night marking the 10th ...

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Shirley Valentine – The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Jodie Prenger as Shirley Valentine

Writer: Willy Russell Director: Glen Walford Reviewer: Victoria Bawtree Willy Russell’s one-woman play, Shirley Valentine, is enjoying a revival tour, 30 years after its first performance.  Despite being written and set in the 1980s, however, Russell’s monologue is still relevant today. Jodie Prenger plays the 42-year-old housewife from Liverpool who is trapped in a monotonous marriage with only “wall” to keep ...

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