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Flowers for Mrs Harris – Chichester Festival Theatre 

Book: Rachel Wagstaff based on the novel by Paul Gallico Music and Lyrics: Richard Taylor Director: Daniel Evans  Reviewer: Simon Topping  Director Daniel Evans brings this award-winning 2016 musical, from his previous creative home in Sheffield, to Chichester for its first outing since its revision and shortening of act one. Set in a food and clothes rationed, shell-shocked, south London ...

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Present Laughter- Chichester Festival Theatre.

Writer: Noel Coward Director: Sean Foley Reviewer: Bill Avenell What an appropriate choice to open this year’s Chichester Festival programme. A seemingly light concoction but one which beneath the surface is packed full of all the ‘stuff’ of theatre from the pressures of performance, the problems of admirers, the issues of backing and management to the complicated relationships that grow ...

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The Stepmother – Minerva Theatre, Chichester

Writer: Githa Sowerby Director: Richard Eyre Reviewer: David Jobson Playwright Githa Sowerby was seen as a woman ahead of her time, writing searing plays and novels attacking patriarchal society. It is clear from Richard Eyre’s production of The Stepmother, a play that has languished until recently, how prevalent her feminist ideals were when she wrote this play in 1924, even if the ...

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40 Years On – Chichester Festival Theatre

The Company of 40 Years On

Writer: Alan Bennett Director: Daniel Evans Reviewer: Simon Topping This is Daniel Evans’ first outing for Chichester Festival theatre as their new artistic director and in his selection of Alan Bennett’s first foray into full-length playwriting, Forty Years On, the audience are treated to an excellent selection of amusing and poignant set pieces that capture the past. It is 1968 and ...

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NEWS: Line up announced for Sprint 2016 at Camden People’s Theatre

The Rave Space at The Sprint Festival

London’s longest established festival of new theatre, Sprint, returns to Camden People’s Theatre (CPT) for its 20thincarnation in March. Featuring over 40 shows and running from 2 - 26 March 2016, the festival offers a chance to take in the current state of innovative theatre, and gain an insight into where the genre is headed. As ever, the festival embraces ...

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Swan Lake – Festival Theatre, Chichester

Moscow City Ballet corps de ballet and leads

Composer: Pyotr Tchaikovsky Conductor: Igor Shavruk Reviewer: Bill Avenell   It is that time of year again when the Moscow City Ballet visits Chichesterand,if Swan Lake at the Festival Theatre is anything to go by, 2016 will have more positives than negatives. One such indication is that, whereas sometimes in the past the Moscow City Ballet Orchestra has sounded a ...

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A Christmas Carol – Chichester Festival Theatre, Chichester

The cast of Chichester Theatre's A Christmas Carol

Writer: Charles Dickens adapted byBryony Lavery Directors: Dale Rooks and Jake Smith Reviewer: Jo Payne It is rare to see such a stunning piece of theatre among professional productions nowadays; let alone from an entirely youthful cast. From the first view of the exquisite set and the hauntingly sharp opening, right through to the delightfully heart-warming close, it is clear ...

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Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me – Minerva Theatre, Chichester

Writer: Frank McGuinness Director: Michael Attenborough Reviewer: Niall Harman This revival of Frank McGuinness’s Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me opens with a recording of Ella Fitzgerald singing the Gershwin classic that lent the play its name. Yet the warmth of Fitzgerald’s voice could not contrast more with the scene on stage at the Minerva Theatre as the lights come up. ...

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