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Robinson Crusoe – The Gala, Durham

Writers and directors: Neil Armstrong and Paul Hartley Reviewer: Anna Ambelez The Gala uses the central character in Defoe’s classic, Robinson Crusoe and places him in a whole new adventure. We have pirates, high seas, a treasure island, mermaids, a giant parrot and many more ingredients for an original pantomime. The opening scene finds Captain Blackheart (Neil Armstrong) throwing his ...

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Cinderella – Gala Theatre, Durham

Sally Collet and Hazel Pude in Cinderella

Writer: Neil Armstrong and Paul Hartley Director: Neil Armstrong and Paul Hartley Choreographer: Georgina Mannifield Reviewer: Anna Ambelez   The stage opens onto a fairy tale forest setting the scene for the most classic of fairy tales, Cinderella. A timeless tale of rags to riches, the earliest recorded version dates from AD 850 and it is still going strong. After ...

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Love’s Labours Won: RSC Live Broadcast – Gala Theatre, Durham

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Christopher Luscombe Reviewer: Anna Ambelez Love’s Labour’s Won or Much Ado about Nothing, is a tale of two pairs of lovers, one pair maligned and the other pushed together by friends. Claudio (Tunji Kasim) in love with Hero (Flora Spencer-Longhurst), rejects her at the altar, accusing her of infidelity, having been duped into believing it. While ...

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Love’s Labour’s Lost: RSC Live Broadcast – Gala Theatre, Durham

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Christopher Luscombe Reviewer: Anna Ambelez Reality versus fantasy, love, desire, reckoning and rationalization. These are themes in Love’s Labour’s Lost. Ferdinand King of Navarre (Sam Alexander) and his three companions, Berowne (Edward Bennett), Dumaine (Tunji Kasim) and Longaville (William Belchambers) vow to forsake the company of women for three years in order to study and fast. ...

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Treasure Island: National Theatre Live Broadcast – Gala Theatre, Durham

Writer: Robert Louis Stevenson, Stage adaptation by Bryony Lavery Director: Polly Findlay Music: Dan Jones Reviewer: Anna Ambelez The National Theatre launched the ground breaking of idea of live broadcasts over five years ago, which have proved a wonderful opportunity for people across the globe to see a big stage production, live in their own town. Buried treasure, parrots, maps, ...

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Aladdin – Gala Theatre, Durham

Writer: Ben Crocker Director: Gareth Tudor Price Reviewer: Anna Ambelez Pantomime season is here again (oh, yes it is!), and Aladdin is at Durham’s Gala Theatre this Christmas. Featuring the adventures of Widow Twanky (Chris Connel), her sons Aladdin (Matt McGoldick), Wishee Washee (Paul Hartley) and the magic lamp; will the wicked Abanazar (Neil Armstrong) get the lamp and the ...

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All Creatures Great & Small – The Gala Theatre, Durham

Based on the books by: James Herriot Adaptor/Director: Simon Stallworthy Reviewer: Ian Cain [Rating:3] The tender and heart-warming tales, chronicling the adventures of a vet working in the North Yorkshire Moors became a classic television series that ran for twelve years when the BBC based ‘All Creatures Great &Small’ on the first two novels written by James Herriot, ‘If Only ...

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