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Aladdin – Salisbury Playhouse

Writer: Andrew Pollard Director: Ryan McBryde Reviewer: David Jobson What makes a good pantomime – is it celebrities, big sets or special effects? Or does it need plenty of laughs, fun and high jinx.  If Salisbury Playhouse’s contribution is anything to go by it is certainly the latter, together with a creative team that knows their pantomimes and love their ...

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Educating Rita – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Writer: Willy Russell Director: Patrick Sandford Reviewer: Michael Gray   In our celebrity-sated, 15-minutes-of-fame fixated world, is education still seen as the road to personal fulfilment and life-changing cultural freedom? Rita first burst into Frank’s study thirty-five years ago. Wisely, this first-rate revival, directed by Patrick Sandford for the Mercury Theatre’s Made in Colchester strand, sets the action in the ...

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Cinderella – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Writer: Fine Time Fontayne Based on a version by: Joel Horwood and Morgan Lloyd Malcolm Director: Daniel Buckroyd Original Music and Additional Lyrics: Richard Reeday Choreographer: Charlie Morgan Reviewer: Glen Pearce   Cinderella is arguably the most popular pantomime tale of all, thanks in no small part to the strength of its story. The classic boy meets girl tale is ...

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Macbeth – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Daniel Buckroyd Reviewer: Michael Gray   At first glance this a typical look at Macbeth our contemporary – naked political ambition, red berets and body armour. But Daniel Buckroyd’s accessible production, his sixth since he took the helm at the Mercury, has unique strengths. The staging is uncluttered but eloquent. Juliet Shillingford’s design has a gloomy ...

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Kinderstransport – The Opera House, Manchester

Writer: Diane Samuels Director: Andrew Hall Reviewer: Dave Cunningham The relationship between the emotionally reserved Evelyn (Janet Dibley) and her daughter Faith (Rosie Holden) is strained. Faith is shocked to discover that Evelyn’s fear of authority figures and trains may originate in her experience as a child fleeing the Nazi regime as part of the ‘Kinderstransport’. This process allowed 10,000, ...

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The Beauty Queen Of Leenane – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Writer: Martin McDonagh Director: Paul Kerryson Reviewer: Michael Gray [Rating:4.5]   Mags and Maureen, mother and daughter, living a life of mutual loathing in remotest Connemara. A bleak backwater, brilliantly conjured up by Juliet Shillingford’s realistic set: holy images, green gloss paint and rain streaming down the panes of the casement. Rain is the tab curtain, too, a drenching downpour ...

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Kindertransport – Milton Keynes Theatre

Writer: Diane Samuels Director: Andrew Hall Reviewer: Maggie Constable [rating:4] What a range of shows Milton Keynes Theatre has on this season! From ENB’s premiere ballet Le Corsaire to Alan Bennett’s People to Glyndebourne opera, and now the moving and thought-provoking piece Kindertransport by Diane Samuels which marks the 75th anniversary of the event. In Germany, during the 9 months ...

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The Lovesong Of Alfred J Hitchcock – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer: David Rudkin Director: Jack McNamara Reviewer: Glen Pearce [rating:2]   Despite his films being among the all-time greats in cinematic history, Alfred Hitchcock is perhaps even better known than his creations. Well, more accurately his name is well known, the man himself is a bit more enigmatic than his larger than life profile may first suggest. A man obsessed ...

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