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The Mousetrap – Orchard Theatre, Dartford

Writer: Agatha Christie Director: Gareth Armstrong Reviewer: Dan English There are twists, gasps and foul play aplenty in the hard-working touring production of the long-running West End hit The Mousetrap, penned by renowned sleuth scribe Agatha Christie. Cut off from the rest of civilisation in the midst of a heavy winter storm, the guests as the newly opened Monkswell Manor ...

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The Mousetrap – Theatre Royal, Brighton

Writer: Agatha Christie   Director: Gareth Armstrong  Reviewer: Simon Topping The Mousetrap is a theatrical phenomenon. It has been running continuously in London’s West End for as long as Elizabeth II, the longest reigning incumbent monarch, has been on the throne:  over sixty-seven years. The England of the 1950s is almost unrecognisable to that of today, yet this play endures. The ...

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The Mousetrap – The Lowry, Salford.

Writer: Agatha Christie Director: Gareth Armstrong Reviewer: Sam Lowe “Suspect everyone!” is intimidatingly written on the show’s poster. Yet, simultaneously we suspect someone. Tonight, the audience take on the role of investigator as they attempt to deduce whodunit; who committed the murder? Which character has the opportune moment and which one has the fitting motive? Yes, this is the world’s ...

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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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The Mikado – The Lowry, Salford

Music: Arthur Sullivan Libretto: W C Gilbert Original Director: Jeff Clarke Revival Director: Jenny Arnold Reviewer: Helen Jones [rating: 5] Opera Della Luna have been producing innovative productions of musical theatre for nearly twenty years. Their present tour of Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado keeps up their high standards of producing accessible enjoyable shows on a smaller scale than the ...

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Entertaining Mr Sloane – Curve, Leicester

Writer: Joe Orton Director: Paul Kerryson Reviewer: Angela Wilson [rating:4] The “swinging sixties” – an era of social change, sexual liberation and questioning of the old order. Written in 1964, Entertaining Mr Sloane is Joe Orton’s darkly comic take on the morals and attitudes of the times. The spirit of the decade is totally captured in the opening video montage ...

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