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The Falcon’s Malteser – The Vaults, London

Writer: Anthony Horowitz Adaptor: Feargus Woods Dunlop Director: Lee Lyford Reviewer: Margarita Shivarova Based on Anthony Horowitz’s novel, this stage adaptation by New Old Friends originally produced in 2014 takes the audience on a journey of solving perhaps the toughest detective case Timothy and Nick Simple have ever come across. But don’t let this surname lead to premature conclusions about the ...

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The Canterville Ghost – Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry

Writers: Olivia Jacobs and Toby Mitchell  from the novella by Oscar Wilde Director: Olivia Jacobs and Toby Mitchell  Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Sir Simon de Canterville is having a hard time of it. Everyone wrongly believes he bludgeoned his beloved wife to death based on some flimsy evidence involving a bloodstained tablecloth. Even worse, he’s been dead for 300 years and unable ...

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Stoat Hall – Sir John Mills Theatre, Ipswich

Writers: Julian Harries and Pat Whymark Director: Pat Whymark Musical Director: Pat Whymark Reviewer: Michael Gray Toad Hall? Wolf Hall? The inspiration behind this bit of harmless fun is mostly Mantel – a Tudor rose projected onto the boards, Thomas Crudwell given a brief mention - but the Bard is in the mix too, together with Adele and Geoffrey Chaucer. ...

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Pure – Scarcroft Allotments, York

Writer: Richard Vergette Director: Stefan Escreet Composer: Rebekah Hughes Designer: Kate Morton Reviewer: Ron Simpson What is there not to like about a theatre company who bring original plays to allotments, village greens, pub gardens, and tearooms? A company who calls on their versatile and hard-working team of actors to accompany songs with aswanee whistle, melodica, kazoo, and ukulele as ...

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Justin and The Argonauts – Seckford Theatre, Woodbridge

Julian Harries, Lorna Garside, Joe Leat and Matt Jopling

Adapted by:Julian Harries and Pat Whymark Reviewer: Paul Couch It's hard not to like Common Ground's ludicrous, irreverent comedies. They defy the norms of structure and rely on pratfalls, ridiculously clichéd dialogue, daft faces and less-than-glamorous costumes. The humour is risqué rather than coarse, and audiences mostly lap up Julian Harries' and Pat Whymark's homespun nonsense, whether it was under ...

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Beauty And The Beast – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer: Peter Rowe Director:Rob Salmon Musical Director: Ben Goddard Choreographer: Scarlett Douglas Reviewer: Michael Gray   Peter Rowe's latest Rock'n'Roll panto,directed by Rob Salmon,takes the Beauty and the Beast fairytale,with itsgenerous slug of Cinderella, and serves with generous measures of great music - all performed by ten phenomenally talented actor-musicians. That's the Wolsey tradition, as are live sound effects from ...

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