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PRESS LAUNCH: The Goons Take to the Road

In the days before television gained its grip on popular culture, British families would gather around their wireless sets and listen to programmes such as The Goon Show; it is said that even Prince Charles was an avid fan. Now, well over half a century later, a new version of that show has just been launched and is about to embark ...

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Before the Party – Salisbury Playhouse, Salisbury

Man and woman sitting on bed

Writer: W. Somerset Maugham Adaptor: Rodney Ackland Director: Ryan McBryde ReviewerL David Jobson Written in 1949, Rodney Ackland’s Before the Party turns Somerset Maugham’s 1922 short story into a biting satire on changing views to the class system following the war. With plenty of zest, this latest revival directed by Ryan McBryde is a delectable production. It is a lovely summer ...

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Echo’s End – Salisbury Playhouse

Writer: Barney Norris Director: Alice Hamilton Reviewer: David Jobson We’re already halfway through the centenary of the First World War, and many writers have been delving into the period looking for a different perspective on this turbulent period. For this latest contribution, playwright Barney Norris has brought a local point of view to the Salisbury Playhouse Echo’s End transports the ...

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Worst Wedding Ever – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer: Chris Chibnall Director: Gareth Machin Reviewer: Glen Pearce According to a well-known scale Doctors use to measure stress,  getting married is the seventh most stressful thing you can do in life, just below a life changing illness and slightly more stressful than losing your job. You can see why: the pressure to outdo the friend who had the dream wedding, ...

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Aladdin – Salisbury Playhouse

Writer: Andrew Pollard Director: Ryan McBryde Reviewer: David Jobson What makes a good pantomime – is it celebrities, big sets or special effects? Or does it need plenty of laughs, fun and high jinx.  If Salisbury Playhouse’s contribution is anything to go by it is certainly the latter, together with a creative team that knows their pantomimes and love their ...

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Sand in the Sandwiches – Salisbury Playhouse

Writer: Hugh Whitemore, with extracts from John Betjamen’s poetry Director: Gareth Armstrong Reviewer: David Jobson John Betjeman is considered a treasured poet of the last century. His nostalgia for the past is loved by many of the older generation who can identify with his era.  Now this production, headlined with Edward Fox as the poet himself, has set out to ...

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NEWS: Pinball mania as Tommy leads New Wolsey Spring season

  Ipswich’s New Wolsey Theatre have today [Thursday 27 October 2016] announced a brand new production of The Who’s Tommy as the second Ramps on the Moon touring production, The Who’s Tommy will tour to Birmingham, Nottingham, Leeds, Sheffield and London but Ipswich will see the show first from Thu 30 March to Sat 15 April 2017. With a cast of ...

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Frankenstein – Salisbury Playhouse

Writers : Howard Coggins and Stu McLoughlin Director : Craig Edwards Reviewer : Joan Phillips Living Spit return to the stage with their new production, Frankenstein, co-produced by Salisbury Playhouse Only three years ago this hugely talented duo were playing in the cellars at Bristol Old Vic in front of a tiny audience. With a combination of bad props, hilarious ...

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