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Equus – Yvonne Arnaud, Guildford

Writer: Peter Shaffer Director: Ned Bennett Reviewer: Alice Fowler Peter Shaffer’s masterpiece begins with a disturbing question: why has 17-year-old Alan Strang blinded six horses with a metal spike? Controversial when first performed in 1973, Equus retains its power to shock. English Touring Theatre and Theatre Royal Stratford East’s highly charged production explores the patient-psychiatrist relationship and asks: exactly what ...

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The Remains Of The Day – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Writer: Kazuo Ishiguro Adapter: Barney Norris Director: Christopher Haydon Reviewer: Alice Fowler Kazuo Ishiguro's masterpiece is all about the path not taken: a study in regret, the strictures of class and what happens when we refuse to see the truth. Stevens, the butler at the story's heart, is a man careful never to forget his umbrella, but whose own feelings ...

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Shrek the Musical – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Book and lyrics: David Lindsay-Abaire Director: Jenny Sawyer Reviewer: Alice Fowler Shrek is a story for our times: a reminder that heroes come in unlikely guises and no man (or ogre) is an island. The Guildford School of Acting takes this fairy tale adventure and makes it triumphantly its own. This high-energy production of the Oscar-winning DreamWorks animation film (itself ...

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A Song at Twilight – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Writer: Noel Coward Director: Stephen Unwin Reviewer: Alice Fowler In a Swiss hotel room, great novelist Hugo Latymer (Simon Callow) embraces his dotage. His afternoon attire – stripy dressing gown and monogrammed slippers – tells us all we need to know about this vain and self-indulgent man. After 20 years, his marriage to the elegant Hilde - once his secretary, ...

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Father of Lies – The Back Room, The Star Inn, Guildford

Director: J.D. Henshaw Reviewer: Alice Fowler Do you believe in God? And the devil? In that case, how about ghosts and witches? With these questions, addressed directly to the audience, Sweet Productions’ Father of Lies - a chilling retelling of a murder case in which anything seems possible - begins. The Star Inn’s atmospheric stage is perfect for this dark, intense ...

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The Mousetrap – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Writer: Agatha Christie Director: Gareth Armstrong Reviewer: Alice Fowler How well can you really know someone? Is everyone, in fact, a stranger? And what do you do when you find yourself cut off in an eccentric country guesthouse and learn there is a murderer in your midst? Such questions have thrilled and provoked Mousetrap audiences since 1952. It is, famously, ...

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INTERVIEW: Gwyneth Strong praises diverse roles for women ahead of her performance as Mrs Boyle in a new national tour of Agatha Christie’s classic, The Mousetrap

"I’m really looking forward to playing a bombastic, difficult woman," says former Only Fools and Horses actor Gwyneth Strong. Best known for her role as Cassandra, Rodney’s love interest in the BBC sitcom, Strong will star as the formidable Mrs Boyle in Agatha Christie’s classic murder mystery play, The Mousetrap. Now in its sixty-eighth year, the play is set to ...

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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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