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A Room With A View – Chichester Festival Theatre

Writer: E.M. Forster Adaptor: Simon Reade Director: Adrian Noble Reviewer: Bill Avenell It must be a bit of a challenge to turn a full-length novel into a two-hour play, but Simon Reade does a very reasonable job in this adaptation for the stage of E.M. Forster’s famous work. Social and political upheaval in Edwardian England is remarkably topical in the ...

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DNA – New Wolsey Theatre Studio, Ipswich

Writer: Dennis Kelly Director: Rob Salmon Reviewer: Paul Couch What happens when our behaviour spirals out of control? Do we try to arrest it and risk making matters worse, or do we let it freefall in the hope that the end result won’t be as bad as we initially feared? When you’re trying to plug multiple holes in a dyke, ...

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Night Must Fall – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer: Emlyn Williams Director: Luke Sheppard Reviewer: Paul Couch Emlyn Williams’ Night Must Fall was written in 1934 (first produced in 1935) and, at the time, must have seemed shocking to an audience with just access to embryonic cinema and television yet to arrive. By 2016, it has dated, of course, but not as much as one would expect. The ...

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Much Ado About Nothing – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Pia Furtado Composer: Rebecca Applin Reviewer: Michael Gray No hint of the romance or sunshine of Messina here. We’re in the spartan canteen of a British regiment – motto Perfer et Obdura. There’s a telly in the corner, a servery, tables for mess and for ping-pong. A chorus of Homeward Bound and Don Pedro marches his ...

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The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Family – New Wolsey Theatre Studio, Ipswich

Writer: Ben Norris Director: Polly Tisdall Reviewer: Paul Couch “Who is this man?; How can he be my father?” It’s a question most of us have asked at some point in our lives, some for longer periods than others. Sometimes, the distance grows during the fraught battlefields of puberty and then closes. For the rest, it’s sporadic or perpetual – ...

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When We Are Married – Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds

Writer: JB Priestley Director: Barrie Rutter Reviewer: Paul Couch The pre-war world of JB Priestley was a very different place to what we know today. After the Depression and before the turmoil of war in Europe, England was pretty much a land of idyll for everyone but the poorest of its populace. This near-octogenarian play has aged reasonably well. True, ...

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Romeo and Juliet (Abridged) – St Martin’s Church, Colchester

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Filiz Ozcan Musical Director: Matt Marks Reviewer: Michael Gray The tragedy of the star-crossed lovers is well suited to these teenage actors, and considerably enhanced by a high-concept production in a historic setting. These walls were old when Shakespeare penned his play; St Martin’s was already standing when those two noble households squabbled in Lombardy. Beneath ...

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