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Twelfth Night – Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre, Chester

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Julia Thomas Reviewer: John Roberts Julia Thomas has found magic with her production of Shakespeare’s hilarious comedy Twelfth Night as part of this year’s summer season at the Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre. Not only has she managed to perfectly cast the rep company to play to their strongest suits, but she pushes the pace of the ...

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The Borrowers – Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre, Chester

Writer: Mary Norton Adaptor: Bryony Lavery Director: Robert Shaw Cameron Reviewer: John Roberts  It’s that time of year again when the in-the-round pop-up auditorium takes residence in Chester’s Grosvenor Park and a large ensemble of actors bring three shows in rep throughout the summer (The Borrowers, Twelfth Night and Henry V). An occasion is always guaranteed due to the intimate nature ...

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The Tempest – Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre, Chester

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Alex Clifton Reviewer: Emma Boswell The Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre returns this summer, converted into a magical island in its staging of Shakespeare’s The Tempest.  Directed by the very talented artistic director of Storyhouse (and Cestrian) Alex Clifton, The Tempest explores the story of Prospero; the usurped Duke (or Duchess, in this production) of Milan, ...

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Much Ado About Nothing – Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre, Chester

Writer: William Shakespeare Composer and Musical Director: Olly Fox Director: Bill Buckhurst Reviewer: Abbie Rippon Picnics at the ready; pop open the prosecco and uncork the Malbec! Sit back, relax and enjoy your journey to Messina at the Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre. Written in 1598, when women were expected to stay chaste and subservient in a world ruled by ...

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Swallows and Amazons – Storyhouse, Chester

Writer: Arthur Ransome Adaptor: Bryony Lavery Director: Katie Posner Reviewer: Jo Beggs Just over a year after opening, Chester’s Storyhouse delivers its second fast-paced version of a classic children’s novel. Last Christmas saw Enid Blyton’sThe Secret Sevendeftly brought to the stage by Storyhouse Director Alex Clifton, and we get another helping of good clean fun in this perfectly pitched summer ...

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The Wedding – Liverpool Playhouse

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Creators: Gecko Theatre Director: Amit Lahav Reviewer: Clare Boswell The joy of watching anything by Gecko is two-fold. Firstly, one knows that they are always in for an evening of the most top-notch of physical theatre. Gecko performers have an ability to glide across a stage in an almost other-worldly manner. However, the second joy of a Gecko production, and perhaps ...

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The Wedding – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Gecko's The Wedding

Creator: Amit Lahav and The Company Associate Director: Rich Rusk Original Music: Dave Price Reviewer Glen Pearce Those familiar with Gecko’s work will know that there is rarely such a thing as a finished work, with director Amit Lahav constantly evolving and reviewing pieces. It was, therefore, inevitable that the work in progress showing of their latest piece, The Wedding, ...

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The Machine Stops – Jacksons Lane Theatre, London

Writer: EM Forster Adaptor: Neil Duffield Director: Juliet Foster Reviewer: Stephen Bates We think of EM Forster and we think of stories about the English upper classes at home and abroad in the early part of the 20th Century. Science fiction we regard as the territory of his contemporary, HG Wells, so it comes as a surprise to discover that Neil Duffield’s ...

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