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Rebecca – Royal & Derngate, Northampton

Writers: Daphne Du Maurier &Emma Rice Director: Emma Rice Reviewer: Natasha Hegarty Rebecca opens with a lone woman standing among the desperate ruins of a once grand house, perfectly executing the atmosphere of the Daphne Du Maurier classic and Alfred Hitchcock’s Oscar-winning film version. However, Kneehigh Theatre hasdone something quite extraordinary and rather brave with their adaptation. They’ve injected comedy ...

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Last Night A DJ Saved My Life – Royal & Derngate Theatre, Northampton

Director: Jon Conway Reviewer: Claire Going There is no doubt that attaching the legendary name of David Hasselhoff to a show will immediately get it off to a good start. There are at least three things that people associate with ‘The Hoff’, and that’s the beach, the early nineties and a really good helping of cheese. There are all of ...

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Gaslight – Royal & Derngate, Northampton

Writer: Patrick Hamilton Director: Lucy Bailey Reviewer: James Garrington You know you’re watching a great melodrama when you reach the final few minutes and are still not sure how it’s going to turn out – and that is what Patrick Hamilton has managed to achieve in his cleverly-written script for Gaslight. Living in a dark house lit only by gas ...

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Jeeves & Wooster in Perfect Nonsense – Royal & Derngate, Northampton

Writers: Robert and David Goodale Director: Sean Foley Reviewer: Claire Going There is a reason it’s called Jeeves &Wooster, not Wooster &Jeeves. The perfect gentleman’s gentleman deserves top billing. He is brilliant, quick-thinking, resourceful and reliable. P.G. Wodehouse’s famous literary toff has his butler to thank for making his life go smoothly, but in this show even Jeeves needs an ...

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Anything Goes – Royal & Derngate, Northampton

Music and Lyrics: Cole Porter Original Book: PG Wodehouse &Guy Bolton and Howard Lindsay &Russel Crouse New book: Timothy Crouse &John Weidman Director: Daniel Evans Reviewer: James Garrington “Times have changed.” So says Cole Porter in the title number of Anything Goes. One thing that hasn’t changed, though, is the appeal of this show. Eighty years after its first production, ...

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Merlin – Royal and Derngate, Northampton

Writer: Ella Hickson Music: Jon Nicholls Director: Liam Steel Reviewer: Natasha Hegarty This original play has been co-produced by the Royal and Derngate as part of their Made in Northampton programme. Director Liam Steel, who is responsible for all the musical staging and choreography for the film adaptation of Les Miserables, takes on a classic tale of fantasy, adventure and ...

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The Snow Queen – The Nuffield Theatre, Southampton

Written: Georgia Pritchett Directed: Sarah Tipple Reviewer: Rosanna Sloan Adapted from Hans Christian Andersen’s much loved fairy tale that has spawned many popular adaptations, including the record breaking Disney film Frozen, The Snow Queen is a fantastic tale of adventure, as one girl summons the courage to rescue her best friend from the terrible Snow Queen. Georgia Pritchett’s adaptation does ...

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The Woman in Black – Royal & Derngate, Northampton

Writer: Stephen Mallatratt, adapted from the novel by Susan Hill Director: Robin Herford Reviewer: Bethaney Rimmer We’re so used to ghost stories on stage and screen using very technical special effects and creepy music to create the intended atmosphere, but when faced with the task of staging The Woman in Black with a limited budget, Robin Herford had no choice ...

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