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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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Go Back for Murder – Royal & Derngate Theatre, Northampton

Writer: Agatha Christie Director: Joe Harmston Reviewer: Sue Dixon [rating:3.5] A talented cast has been brought together for this UK tour of Go Back for Murder, Agatha Christie’s classic murder mystery. Bill Kenwright’s ‘Official Agatha Christie Theatre Company’, under the direction of Joe Harmston, does inject some fresh life into Christie’s inescapably formulaic writing, managing to make it an entertaining ...

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Miss Nightingale: The Burlesque Musical – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Writer: Matthew Bugg Director: Peter Rowe Reviewer: Jane Pink [rating: 5]   In his autobiography, The Naked Civil Servant, Quentin Crisp describes the heightened sensitivities of people living through the blackouts and bombings of the London Blitz. “As soon as the bombs started to fall, the city became like a paved double bed. Voices whispered suggestively as you walked along; ...

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Miss Nightingale the Burlesque Musical – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Matthew Bugg Director: Peter Rowe Reviewer: Richard Marsden [Rating: 4] Poor Miss Nightingale, her brother is away at war and another lost to the cause, a devious married toe-rag of a boyfriend, her gay best friend and song writer the musical maestro Ilan sleeps with her- as he is from Berlin where “anything goes” but is betrothed to the ...

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Miss Nightingale – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Music and Book: Matthew Bugg Director: Peter Rowe Reviewer: Glen Pearce [rating:3.5] They say that musicalsaren'tborn but reborn and following a previous incarnation in 2011, Matthew Bugg’s Miss Nightingale now returns to the stage in a new production. Though the show has been revised since its earlier showing, its pedigree is shadowed by influences of its surrogate parent predecessors, with ...

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Go Back for Murder – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Author: Agatha Christie Director: Joe Harmston Reviewer: Bill Avenell [rating:3.5]   If you asked most people to describe an Agatha Christie plot they would rehearse this one in which a murder is committed, the suspects are introduced with their motives explained, and all are united in a country house where the detective discovers the truth culminating in a dramatic confession. ...

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And Then The Dark – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer: Michael Lesslie Director: Peter Rowe Reviewer: Glen Pearce [rating:1.5] Fright Night seems to be a burgeoning business in Theatreland. The Woman in Black continues to scare audiences in both London and around the country, and countless other thrillers seem to be a mainstay of the touring repertoire. If Michael Lesslie’s And Then The Dark has a long future in ...

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Murder on the Nile – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Writer: Agatha Christie Director: Joe Harmston Reviewer: Selwyn Knight [rating:3.5] Agatha Christie took Murder on the Nile through several incarnations before it reached its final form. Originally called Moon on the Nile, the first version featured Hercule Poirot, whom she removed over concerns as to how the dapper detective would appear on stage. She subsequently reworked it with a new ...

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