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Woman in Black – Royal & Derngate, Northampton

Writer: Stephen Mallatrat (adapted from the novel by Susan Hill) Director: Robin Herford Reviewer: Sue Dixon [rating:4] Woman in Black has enjoyed long West End runs as well as the notoriety of being made into a blockbuster movie. This could have militated against a provincial theatre production. However, this stands up pretty well to the play’s wide spread reputation as ...

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Radio Times – Royal & Derngate, Northampton

Writer: Noel Gay Director: Caroline Leslie Reviewer: Sue Dixon [rating:5] Radio Times is an utterly delightful and entertaining musical – a toe tapping frolic through a live broadcast variety show from the past. Anyone in the audience of the atmospheric Royal Theatre, Northampton must have felt like a time traveller, transported to a BBC theatre during the blitz while the ...

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Bully Boy – Royal & Derngate, Northampton

Writer: Sandy Toksvig Directors: David Gilmore &Patrick Sandford Reviewer: Sue Dixon [Rating:4.5] As part of the Made in Northampton series, writer and broadcaster Sandy Toksvig’s play Bully Boy takes to the Northampton stage this week, before transferring to St James’ Theatre, London in September. Bully Boy is a serious drama set within a British army unit overseas, engaged in a ...

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Hedda Gabler – Royal & DerngateTheatre, Northampton

Director: Laurie Sansom Adapter: Andrew Upton (from the play by Henrik Ibsen) Reviewer: Sue Dixon [rating:4.5] Hedda Gabler, written by Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen in 1890, first opened in Germany in 1891 to negative reviews. Not so in Northampton in 2012. This was an amazing and hugely engaging performance. This interpretation of Hedda Gabler forms part of a trilogy of ...

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Save the Last Dance For Me – Royal & Derngate. Northampton

Writers: Laurence Marks &Maurice Gran Directors: Bill Kenwright &Keith Strachan Choreographer: Bill Deamer Reviewer: Sue Dixon [Rating:2.0] People who see this must be left wondering what the differences are between musical theatre, so called “juke box” musicals and a musical concert (interesting that there is a jukebox on stage for most of the performance).It has to be said that this ...

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