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Our Blue Heaven – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer/Director: Peter Rowe Reviewer: Molly Richardson  Our Blue Heaven is a new musical written and directed by Peter Rowe focusing on Ipswich Town Football Clubs historic FA Cup victory on 6 May 1978.  At first glance, the world of theatre and sport colliding may sound a bizarre and niche match, but in fact you’ll find it’s rather brilliant. The story focuses on ...

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Quartet – Theatre Royal, Brighton

Writer: Ronald Harwood Director: Peter Rowe Reviewer: Cathy Swaby There has always been something compelling about a story that challenges our fear of mortality and growing old. Unlike the standard role of grandparent, wise bearded wizard or grumpy old man, it is refreshing when we are shown actors giving more guileless, positive impressions of being one step nearer the grave. ...

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Quartet – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Writer: Ronald Harwood Director: Peter Rowe Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Growing older is compulsory – or at least, better than the alternative, most would agree. What Writer, Ronald Harwood, seems to be suggesting is that what matters isn’t the physical fact of ageing, but how we cope mentally with the changes it inevitably brings. He tells his story through the eyes ...

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Quartet – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer: Ronald Harwood   Director: Peter Rowe Reviewer: Molly Richardson Quartet tells of four retired and aging opera singers, who have taken residence in a care home. First, we meet trio Cecily (Wendi Peters), Reggie (Jeff Rawle) and Wilfred (Paul Nicholas), who are unearthing the mystery of who the new ‘star’ resident is to be – there are mixed reactions ...

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Aladdin – City Varieties, Leeds

Writer: Peter Rowe Director: Matt Aston Musical Director: Greg Palmer Reviewer: Holly Spanner The City Varieties Rock n’ Roll Panto is one that should be in everyone’s calendar. This seemingly modest production which has graced the Victorian stage since reopening after the £9.9m refurbishment in 2011, has quickly worked its way into the hearts of Loiners and the general public ...

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The Ladykillers – Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch

Writer: Graham Linehan Director: Peter Rowe Reviewer: Michael Grove  Forget Alec Guinness. Forget Tom Hanks. This is an ingenious stage version of William Rose's classic Ealing comedy, penned by Graham (Father Ted) Linehan and first seen in 2011. Despite its cinematic origins, it is at heart a good old-fashioned farce, lacking only the manic inevitability of the best of that ...

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The Ladykillers – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer: Graham Linehan Director: Peter Rowe Reviewer: Paul Couch While the original Ealing comedy upon which it’s based was produced in 1955, a passing reference to the start of the Suez Crisis places Peter Rowe’s production of Graham Linehan’s 2011 adaptation of The Ladykillers a year later than that in 1956. Mrs Wilberforce, an elderly and eccentric widow, lives alone in ...

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Sleeping Beauty – City Varieties, Leeds

Morgana the Wicked Witch

Writer: Peter Rowe Director: Matt Aston Musical Director: Greg Palmer Designer: Judith Croft Reviewer: Holly Spanner Now in its sixth riotous year, the City Varieties Rock n’ Roll pantomime is back with this year’s offering, Sleeping Beauty. But this is Sleeping Beauty with a difference. Princess Aurora has become Princess Susie, the three good fairies are rolled into the larger ...

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