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Cathy – mac Birmingham

Cathy from Cardboard Citizens

Writer: Ali Taylor Director: Adrian Jackson Reviewer:  Mattie Bagnall It has been over fifty years since the BBC television play Cathy Come Home first told the compelling story of Cathy losing her livelihood as she was forced onto the streets. Many of these issues still remain in modern day society. Ali Taylor’s latest play brings Cathy Come Home into 2017 ...

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Dick Whittington – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Writers: Daniel Buckroyd, Fine Time Fontayne Director: Daniel Buckroyd Musical Director: Richard Reeday Choreographer: Charlie Morgan Reviewer: Michael Gray Beneath the impressive 21st Century gloss, and despite the Trump gags, this is a warmly traditional panto, its appeal effortlessly spanning the generations. Director and co-writer Daniel Buckroyd has wisely re-hired many of last year's Aladdin company; they seem very much ...

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Clybourne Park – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

The Cast of Clybourne Park

Writer: Bruce Norris Director: Daniel Buckroyd Reviewer: Michael Gray Bruce Norris's thought-provoking piece Clybourne Park is a companion to the 1959 classic A Raisin in the Sun. Back then, Lorraine Hansbury drew on her own experience to tell the story of the sale of a house in a Chicago suburb. Norris sets his “parallel play” in that very house. Its ...

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Don’t Look Now – Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch

Writer: Neil Leyshon (adapted from Daphne du Maurier) Director: Simon Jessop Musical Director: Steven Markwick Reviewer: Michael Gray Daphne du Maurier's chilling tale, Don't Look Now, is given a strikingly theatrical outing at the Queen's this autumn. Neil Leyshon's adaptation from 2007 moves restlessly around Venice and Torcello. Simon Jessop boldly sets everything in a beautiful, architectural frame (designer Norman ...

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Roll Over Beethoven – Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch

  Writer: Bob Eaton Director: Matt Devitt Musical Director: Ben Goddard Reviewer: Michael Gray Can't get to see Sherlock's Sweet Prince? Here's Hornchurch's home-grown Johnny Hamlet in a real-deal rock-and-roll re-working of Shakespeare. And while Cumberbatch has only Nat King Cole on his phonograph, the Queen's offers a whole jukebox full of familiar sounds from the 50s, raucously filling the ...

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James And The Giant Peach – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Writer: Roald Dahl - adapted by David Wood Director: Matthew Cullum Musical Director: Richard Reeday Reviewer: Michael Gray   Trina Bramman's beautifully realised set has the giant peach stone at its core, and around it the Big Apple, suggested by trees made of lamp posts and street signs. Television screens are put out with the rubbish; an accordion lies waiting ...

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Noises Off – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Writer: Michael Frayn Director : Daniel Buckroyd Reviewer:Michael Gray Doors and trousers, boxes and sardines. The very essence of farce is distilled in Nothing On, Robin Housemonger's classic from the early 70s. Michael Frayn's no less acclaimed tribute to the genre shows us the action on opening night (The Grand, Weston-super-Mare), then from backstage at an Ashton-under-Lyne matinée, one month ...

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Return to the Forbidden Planet – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Writer: Bob Carlton Director: Bob Carlton Reviewer: Malcolm Wallace   Celebrating its 25th anniversary,Return to the Forbidden Planethas landed in Manchester with aplomb on the final leg of its current UK tour.Loosely based on the 1956 science fiction filmForbidden Planet, which itself was loosely based on Shakespeare’sThe Tempest,original creator and director of this production, Bob Carlton created the show back ...

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