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Cinderella – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Writer & Director: Jamie Smith Reviewer: Alice Fowler Christmas in Guildford only properly begins with The Twelve Days of Christmas, as performed by the Yvonne Arnaud panto: an annual ritual of mayhem and misrule in which custard pies are thrown, knickers hurled and foam and water sprayed in all directions. This year, under the direction of Jamie Smith, things seem ...

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INTERVIEW: Jay Osmond – The Osmonds

With a career spanning six decades and including 200 albums released either as a group or individually, no one could begrudge The Osmonds if they wanted to take it a little easier these days, but that’s definitely not the case as Jay and Merrill Osmond are in the UK for a Christmas tour and have just released a new album ...

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Rebus: Long Shadows – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Writer: Ian Rankin Adaptor: Rona Munro Director: Robin Lefevre Reviewer: Alice Fowler "Winners and losers, John: that’s what it all comes down to." So opines John Rebus’s old adversary, ‘Big Ger’ Cafferty, in this suspenseful new Rebus tale, written by Ian Rankin for the stage. Loathsome crime boss Cafferty, superbly played by John Stahl, is firmly on the up. Surveying ...

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Trial by Laughter – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Writers: Ian Hislop and Nick Newman Director: Caroline Leslie Reviewer: Alice Fowler William Hone is the free speech hero you have probably never heard of: an unassuming bookseller and publisher who, in 1817, was taken to court by the Regency government on a charge of seditious libel and blasphemy. His crime? Poking fun at the Tory government, the monarchy and ...

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Rain Man – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Writer: Dan Gordon Director: Jonathan O’Boyle Reviewer: Alice Fowler Everyone – of a certain age, at least – knows Rain Man, the Oscar-winning film starring Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman, in which two very different brothers bond on a journey across America. The story of Charlie and Raymond Babbitt – Charlie a skin-of-his-pants businessman, Raymond an autistic savant – unfolds ...

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Still Alice – Yvonne Arnaud, Guildford

Writer: Lisa Genova Adaptor: Christine Mary Dunford Director: David Grindley Reviewer: Alice Fowler Alice and John Howland are a high achieving professional couple, both academics at Harvard University. Does Alice have the edge intellectually? Perhaps. But 50-year-old Alice is starting to forget words – nothing serious, and it’s probably just the menopause. Then she begins to forget other things too: ...

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The Habit of Art – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Writer: Alan Bennett Director: Philip Franks Reviewer: Alice Fowler Which is more powerful, music or words? The poet W.H. Auden and composer Benjamin Britten debate this point in Alan Bennett’s The Habit of Art and, unsurprisingly, agree to differ. Bennett stages an imagined meeting between the two great men in 1972, rekindling an old friendship at a point when both ...

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The Producers – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Book: Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan  Music and Lyrics: Mel Brooks Directors: Lewis Butler and Nick Charters Reviewer: Alice Fowler Based on Mel Brooks’ much-loved movie, The Producers took Broadway by storm, galvanising audiences in the wake of 9/11. PPA’s version of this outrageous, high-camp hit plays in the shadow of another fallen edifice – Harvey Weinstein - whose downfall ...

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