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The History Boys – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer: Alan Bennett Director: Kate Saxon Reviewer: Glen Pearce It may be set in the 1980s but there is a timeless quality to Alan Bennett’s The History Boys that ensures it resonates with all ages. The landscape may have changed but the themes and topics brought so vividly to life in Bennett’s witty and observant wordplay remains as fresh as ...

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Half Baked – New Wolsey Studio, Ipswich

Writer: Alex Joynes Director: Chris Tomlinson Reviewer: Glen Pearce   We tend to think that young people are champions of change, wanting to redesign the established status quo to create something new. Often though the familiar environment provides a sense of shelter and comfort and the prospect of forced change is terrifying to those just begin to find their own ...

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Different Buttons – The Avenue Theatre, Ipswich

Writer and Director: Joanna Carrick Reviewer: Glen Pearce   Three years ago Red Rose Chain staged Different Buttons in the common room of St Clements hospital in Ipswich, one of the last former Victorian asylums. The hospital was closing and the play marked the end of its 143-year history. Time may have moved on, but mental health provision is still ...

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INTERVIEW: 10 Minutes with The Three Lions’ Séan Browne

Portraying a famous figure on stage is a daunting prospect, but when that figure is one of our most iconic sporting heroes the challenge is even greater. SéanBrowne talked to Glen Pearce about portraying David Beckham in The Three Lions, currently on a short tour ahead of a run at London’s St James Theatre. Despite the title, however, this isn’t ...

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NEWS: The Sword In The Stone gets Rock n Roll panto treatment

Over the last 15 years the New Wolsey Theatre’s Rock n Roll pantomime has become something of a Suffolk institution, but, having worked through the canon of seven traditional plots now twice, the Ipswich venue has announced a brand new production for its 2015/16 season. Brand new for 2015, The Sword in the Stone will keep the now familiar rock ...

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The Mist In The Mirror – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer: Susan Hill Adaptor: Ian Kershaw Director: Kevin Shaw Reviewer : Glen Pearce Susan Hill’s The Woman in Black has been scaring theatre audiences for a quarter of a century, its only now, however, that a theatre has been brave enough to turn another of her gothic thrillers, The Mist In The Mirror, into a stage play. Perhaps it was ...

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Mark Thomas: Cuckooed – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer and performer: Mark Thomas Reviewer: Glen Pearce You can’t accuse Mark Thomas of not giving value for money. Although he claims he does his own warm up act to save money, his first act stand-up routine, ahead of the headline second act performance of his play Cuckooed, provides arguably the highlight of the evening The comedian, journalist and self-confessed ...

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All My Sons – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer: Arthur Miller Director: Michael Buffong Reviewer: Glen Pearce For many Arthur Miller is tainted by schoolday memories, with students made to study his works in an isolated classroom setting. Like many a writer though, Miller’s work, accomplished though it is on paper, really soars when performed on stage. Talawa’s electrifying revival of All My Sons, opening in Ipswich ahead ...

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