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The Mikado – Civic Theatre, Chelmsford

Director: Jeff Clarke Revival Director: Jenny Arnold Musical Director: Ben Holder Reviewer: Michael Gray The Mikado was always a fashion statement. All things Japanese were the rage in 1880s London, and Liberty's, no less, dressed the original production at the Savoy. So it is absolutely appropriate that Gilbert's tale of the cheap tailor turned executioner should start in a sweat-shop, ...

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Entertaining Mr Sloane – Civic Theatre, Chelmsford

Writer: Joe Orton Director: Michael Cabot Reviewer: Michael Gray Junk and rubbish; everything bar the kitchen sink piled up around the acting area – threatening to engulf these squalid characters – making a chaotic arena for the unsavoury shenanigans caused by the arrival of a footloose foundling in the bosom of this most dysfunctional of families. It also provides some ...

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Civic Theatre, Chelmsford

Director : James Tobias, with Amy Gunn Reviewer: Michael Gray In a lifetime of Dreams, some stand out, subtitled like episodes of Friends. The one with the pyjamas, the one set in World War II, the one evoking Hollywood's early years, the (operatic) one in an austere boys' school, the one lasting a bare twenty minutes … This one is ...

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Boeing Boeing – Civic Theatre, Chelmsford

Author : Marc Camoletti, adapted by Beverley Cross and Francis Evans Director : Patric Kearns Reviewer: Michael Gray The sophisticated red and grey décor (credited to The World Awake) has a skylight, a lovely poster for Dr No, and, since this is boulevard farce, seven doors leading to bedrooms, guestrooms, bathroom, hallway and kitchen. Conveniently situated near the airport, it's ...

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Cinderella – Civic Theatre, Chelmsford

Writer/Directoe: Simon Aylin Reviewer: Michael Gray This fast and furious family panto is focused on giving everyone a good night out, and especially on drawing the kids in the audience into the action. So Simon Aylin's offering this year has Kerris Peeling as a no-nonsense Fairy Godmother – Go-Mo to her fairy-friendly chums – who enlists our aid in getting ...

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Dick Whittington – Civic Theatre, Chelmsford

Writer and director: Simon Atlin Choreographer: Richard Peakman Music: Ben Kennedy Musical Director: Tom Curran Reviewer: Michael Gray [rating:4]   A pantomime is nothing without music. But where to turn for the numbers between the slapstick and the magic ? So far this season, it's been rock'n'roll classics, an original score, and now in Chelmsford a raid on the more ...

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