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Northanger Abbey – Exeter Northcott

Writer:  Jane Austen Adaptor: Tim Luscombe Director: Karen Simpson Reviewer: Joan Phillips Austen’s satire of the Gothic romances popular during her lifetime, parody the heroes and heroines of their original author’s imagination. Austen’s writing was produced as a light-hearted version of these stories to entertain her family and friends, but Tim Luscombe’s adaptation gives it a full comic transfusion to ...

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Miss Nightingale – The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Matthew Bugg, Conor O'Kane and Clara Darcy in Miss Nightingale

Book, Lyrics and Composer: Matthew Bugg Director: Karen Simpson Reviewer: Selwyn Knight   When we look back on the Blitz now, we tend to have a romanticised view as we think of chirpy Cockneys making the best, of a capital city keeping calm and carrying on. The reality must have been quite different. Little wonder that many Londoners chose to ...

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Jack and the Beanstalk – Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds

The cast of Jack and the Beanstalk at the Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds

Writer: Chris Hannon Director: Karen Simpson Musical Director: Victoria Calver Reviewer: Flip Miller   It’s the beginning of the December so 'technically' that must mean it is nearly Christmas and there can be only one antidote to the miserable weather outside and that is a visit to The Theatre Royal and this year’s pantomime – Jack and the Beanstalk. The ...

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NEWS: Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds unveils Spring season

The cast of Land of Our Fathers

It may have celebrated its 50th anniversary since re-opening, but the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds, the country’s only surviving working Regency playhouse, shows no sign of slowing down as is launches its Spring 2016 season. Drama features heavily in the programme, with Michael Morpurgo’s An Elephant In The Garden, Rattigan’s Flare Path and Torben Bett’s Invincible among the visiting ...

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Miss Nightingale – CAST, Doncaster

Writer/Composer: Matthew Bugg Directors: Karen Simpson, Matthew Bugg Designer: Carla Goodman Musical Director: Matthew Bugg Reviewer: Ron Simpson Matthew Bugg’s ever-popular musical, Miss Nightingale, has just started what he insists is its final tour, running through October and then resuming at greater length in the New Year. Much of it has been re-worked, with songs left out and new songs ...

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Sign Of The Times – Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds

Writer: Tim Firth Director: Karen Simpson Reviewer: Glen Pearce   In an age where there’s much talk about cross-generational unemployment, Tim Firth’s black comedy Sign of The Times, seems a timely revival to kick off the 50th anniversary year of the reopening of the Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds. On a rooftop ledge on the edge of an industrial estate, ...

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Cinderella – Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds

Writer: Peter Duncan Director: Karen Simpson Musical Director: Phil Gostelow Reviewer: Glen Pearce When you run the country’s only working Georgian playhouse there’s a temptation to go with a historical pantomime. The Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds annual festive treat may forego the soapstar casting but its traditional panto is no museum piece. So it proves with Cinderella, a show ...

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NEWS: Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds Announces New Director

The Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds has today announced Karen Simpson as their new Director, taking over from outgoing Executive Director Simon Daykin. Simpson has held previous rôles as a Creative Director with Sheffield Theatres, Artistic and Executive Director with the Oxfordshire Theatre Company and most recently working as the producer and director of her own successful production company. She’s ...

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