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Private Lives – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Private Lives - Mercury Theatre Colchester

Writer: Noel Coward Director: Esther Richardson Reviewer: Michael Gray   “Quite amusing. A bit dated.” That was a soundbite in the rush to the bar after Act Two. Possibly the same gentleman who was gently snoring during the quieter Deauville scenes. I hope he stayed (awake) to see stuffy, “I’m glad I’m normal”, Prynne kissed unexpectedly on the lips… Despite ...

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Merry It Was To Laugh There – Mercury Studio, Colchester

Director: Jules Easlea and Ignatius Anthony Reviewer: Michael Gray   There is something of a Mercury homecoming for this timely anthology; the director and the performers all familiar faces in this house. Devised by the cast and directed by Ignatius Anthony and producer Jules Easlea, the show mingles great poetry with the voices of the lads on the front and, ...

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Jack and The Beanstalk – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Writer and Director: Janice Dunn Designer: Richard Foxton Sound Designer: Gari Dixon Musical Director: Graeme Du Fresne Choreographer: Charlie Morgan Reviewer: Michael Gray [Rating: 4]   Foxton’s fabulous set design has a leafy beanstalk stage right, ominous fiery thunderclouds stage left. So far so traditional, but Janice Dunn’s original panto for the Mercury begins not with a bang and a ...

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Arsenic And Old Lace – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Writer: Joseph Kesselring Director: Tony Casement Reviewer: Glen Pearce [rating:4]   It’s always the little old ladies you need to watch out for. And, in Aunt Abby’s and Aunt Martha’s case, if you’re offered a drink of their homemade elderflower wine you should be very afraid. The good spinsters see their rôle in Brooklyn society as easing the loneliness of ...

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The Rivals – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Writer: Richard Sheridan Director: Gari Jones Reviewer: Michael Gray [Rating:3.5] Why not treat Sheridan to what Shakespeare has been accustomed to for years, now ? A director-led, concept-driven production to point up the play’s relevance to our times. So this was Gari Jones’s Rivals, done as in-your-face Burlesque, with hints of the circus and the catwalk. “Garish, gaudy, cheap and ...

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