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Our Blue Heaven – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer/Director: Peter Rowe Reviewer: Molly Richardson  Our Blue Heaven is a new musical written and directed by Peter Rowe focusing on Ipswich Town Football Clubs historic FA Cup victory on 6 May 1978.  At first glance, the world of theatre and sport colliding may sound a bizarre and niche match, but in fact you’ll find it’s rather brilliant. The story focuses on ...

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Made In Dagenham – Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch

The Cast Of Made In Dagenham

Writer: Richard Bean Composer: David Arnold Lyricist: Richard Thomas Director: Douglas Rintoul Musical Director: Ben Goddard Reviewer: Michael Gray   Vintage Fords flock to Hornchurch for the homecoming opening of this first major revival of the 2014 musical Made In Dagenham. It’s based on the film of a few years earlier, which embroiders the story of the Dagenham machinists’ 1968 ...

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The Sword In The Stone – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

The cast of Sword In The Stone at New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer and Director: Peter Rowe Musical Director: Ben Goddard Reviewer: Glen Pearce   After cycling through its catalogue of seven stories twice, for its 15th Rock ‘n‘ Roll panto, The New Wolsey treads new ground with The Sword In The Stone, though its unlikely Arthurian scholars have ever referred to the ‘once and future King’ who will unite the kingdom ...

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Return To The Forbidden Planet – Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch

Writer: Bob Carlton Director: Bob Carlton Musical Supervisor and Arranger: Julian Littman Musical Director: Greg Last Reviewer: Michael Gray   Artistic Director Bob Carlton is bowing out after 17 years at the Queen’s Hornchurch. And what better swan song than his Olivier award-winning musical, making its umpteenth appearance here before launching a national tour and finally splashing down in Manchester ...

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Lend Me A Tenor – Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch

Writer: Ken Ludwig Director: Matt Devitt Reviewer: Michael Gray Cut to the Chase are on cracking form in this riotously funny revival of Ken Ludwig’s backstage farce. But as the stunning set by Mark Walters and the Queen’s workshop reveals, we’re not in the wings, or the green room, but a shamelessly tasteless suite – blue and pink, dripping with ...

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Gunmetal Blues – Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch

Writer: Scott Wentworth Music and Lyrics: Craig Bohmler and Marion Adler Director: Bob Carlton Reviewer: Michael Gray   This cute, clever little musical is enjoying its European première right here in Hornchurch, and it could hardly have wished for a more stylish staging. Like Dennis Potter’s Singing Detective, it pays affectionate tribute to the film noir world of private dicks ...

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Sleeping Beauty – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer: Peter Rowe Director: Rob Salmon Musical Director: Ben Goddard Reviewer: Glen Pearce [rating:4.5]   Over the top acting, outrageous costumes and overblown story lines – there’s only one time of year when that becomes normal and that’s panto time. As the New Wolsey Theatre launches their 12th Rock ‘n’ Roll Panto, it would be easy to think the genre ...

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